By Irina Anyukhinam, Margarita Egiazarova. Firm: Law at Alrud

Russia has widened both the availability of Russian permanent residence permits and access to the simplified application procedure.

Starting from 1 November 2019, all foreign nationals can obtain a Russian permanent residence permit for an indefinite period. The only exception is that highly qualified foreign employees who apply for residence permits based on their work permits will only be able to obtain the residence permit for the term of their work permits. Previously, a permanent residence permit was issued only for five years, with an option to extend.

The list of individuals who can obtain a Russian permanent residence permit according to a simplified procedure has also been expanded.