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Procedure and Requirements for Notifying
Russian Authorities About Foreign Citizenship
Starting from 4 August 2014 Russian citizens are required to notify the Federal
Migration Service (the “FMS”) about foreign citizenship or any other document
that confirms the right to permanently reside in a foreign state (“Documents that
confirm the right to permanently reside in a foreign state”).
Under Federal Law No. 142-FZ “On Amending Articles 6 and 30 of the Federal
Law ‘On Russian Citizenship’ and Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian
Federation” signed by the President of Russian Federation on 4 June 2014 (the
“Law”), Russian citizens, including citizens under the age of 18 and citizens with
limited capacity are required to report any Documents that confirm their right to
permanently reside in a foreign state. However, this requirement does not apply
to Russian citizens who permanently reside outside of the Russian Federation
(“RF”). Russian citizens who permanently reside outside of Russia are those who
have been de-registered at the place of residence/stay within the RF territory,
and are registered with any Russian consular center abroad. For a full discussion
of the new law please see our Legal Alert of June 2014.
Implications for Russian citizens
If procedure is violated or there is a failure to notify the authorities in a timely
fashion, the person may be subject to administrative or criminal liability under the
What the law says
The Law stipulates a 60-day period from the acquisition of the Documents that
confirm the right to permanently reside in a foreign state to file a notification.
Those who already had Documents that confirm their right to permanently reside
in a foreign state on the day when the Law came into force (i.e. on 4 August
2014) are required to notify the FMS by 2 October 2014.
According to the unofficial clarification of the FMS, those who at the moment stay
outside of Russia (but do not permanently reside outside of Russia) are required
to notify the FMS of Documents that confirm their right to permanently reside in a
foreign state within two months after crossing the Russian border.
The FMS Order that adopts the forms and procedure of notification entered into
force on 17 August 2014.
Special aspects of the notification procedure
– notification is filed personally or by post presenting a Russian passport or
other documents confirming the identity of the applicant;
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– notification is filed through a legal representative of a citizen under the age of 18 and a citizen with limited capacity;
– notification is filed with the territorial organ of the FMS or with its structural subdivision at the applicant’s place of residence. If the applicant doesn’t have a place of residence — at his place of stay. If the applicant has neither a place of residence nor a place of stay, the notification is filed at the applicant’s actual location;
– notification must be completed in the Russian language;
– a copy of Documents that confirm the right to permanently reside in a foreign state must be attached;
– the FMS Order approves two forms of notification:
about the possession of Documents that confirm the right to permanently reside in a foreign state by a citizen of the RF (Attachment 1);
about the possession of Documents that confirm the right to permanently reside in a foreign state by a citizen under the age of 18 and a citizen with limited capacity (Attachment 2).
This LEGAL ALERT is issued to inform Baker & McKenzie clients and other interested parties of legal developments that may affect or otherwise be of interest to them. The comments above do not constitute legal or other advice and should not be regarded as a substitute for specific advice in individual cases.