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Notification on Dual Citizenship for Russian nationals

Notification on Dual Citizenship for Russian nationals.

Federation Law  142 Dated June 6, 2014 “On amendments to the articles 6 and 30 of the Federal Law “About the Citizenship of the Russian Federation” and other legislative acts of the Russian Federation ”.

Comes into force on august 04TH, 2014

What the Law says:

- The Russian citizens are obliged to notify the relevant territorial departments of the Federal Migration Service on holding or obtaining the citizenship or permanent residence permit of the countries other than the Russian Federation;

- Legal representatives are to notify the relevant territorial departments of the Federal Migration Service on their children under 18 years old holding or obtaining the citizenship or permanent residence permit of the countries other than the Russian Federation.

Who does the Law apply to:

- The Russian citizens who hold the citizenship/permanent residence permit of the countries other than the Russian Federation;

- The Russian citizens who have obtained the citizenship/permanent residence permit of the countries other than the Russian Federation;

- The Russian citizens who have obtained the citizenship of the Russian Federation under terms of the Treatment on Accession of the Republic of Crimea to Russia.

Who is not referred to:

- The Russian citizens who permanently reside outside Russia.

When to notify:

- Within 60 days from the date of the Law comes into force - for the Russian citizens who hold the citizenship/permanent residence permit of the countries other than the Russian Federation;

- Starting from January 1, 2016 – for the Russian citizens who have obtained the citizenship of the Russian Federation under terms of the Treatment on Accession of the Republic of Crimea to Russia;

- Within 60 days from the date of acquisition – for the Russian citizens who will obtain the citizenship/permanent residence permit of the countries other than the Russian Federation.

How to notify:

- via post office
- via UFMS

What are the liabilities for non-compliance:

- Untimely notification or provision of incomplete or false information results in an administrative fine from 500 RUB to 1000 RUB.

- Non-submission of notification to the state authorities entails criminal liability: the fine up to 200 000 RUB or compulsory community service for up to 400 hours.

Comments:

- The Russian legislation does not contain the definition of “a Russian citizen permanently residing abroad”. Some experts have the opinion, that de-registration at the place of permanent residency could be the confirmation of the fact that a Russian citizen is permanently residing outside Russia. However, none of legislative acts of the Russian Federation contains this norm.

- According to the law, form and submission procedure are to be approved by Federal Migration Service. At the moment notification form and detailed procedure are not yet disclosed.
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