The Government of Russia has announced a new visa type entitled as one-year visa, which allows foreigners to reside in the country for a period of one year provided such visa applicants are well-versed in Russian and are willing to acquire Russian citizenship.
The one-year visa enables the foreigners to acquire Russian citizenship through the streamlined procedure given such applicants are willing to reside in Russia on a permanent basis. Also, applicants can avail this type of visa in case they don’t relinquish citizenship of a foreign country that doesn’t hold a dual citizenship agreement with the Russian Federation.
The visa can be extended once and this privilege will be canceled if the holder does not file an application for Russian citizenship within a period of two years. The authorities of Russia have initiated several measures to encourage immigration of skilled and educated people over the past years.
Notably, the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin signed a law, which allowed issuing citizenship to people speaking Russian and having one ancestor as a permanent citizen of any state within the borders of the current Russian Federation either the Tsarist Russian Empire or Soviet Union. Simplifying strict rules either for entering the country or prolonging their temporary residence permit is also a part of this law.
At present, Russian citizenship is issued to children of Russian nationals in addition to people qualifying the history & language tests and demonstrating that they have been residing in the country for a continuous period of five years. However, citizenship can be issued for people possessing special skills provided by a presidential order.