The Russian government has approved the cancellation of the examination on the Russian language for citizens of Ukraine and Belarus. Appropriate changes will contribute to the Federal law “On citizenship of the Russian Federation”, RIA Novosti reported on Saturday, October 19.
Now without interview to get the status of Russian-speaking only those foreigners or persons without citizenship, direct family members who permanently live in Russia or previously lived here “or on the territory belonging to the Russian Empire or the Soviet Union within the state border”.
After the adoption of the amendments, fluent Russian speaking citizens of Ukraine and Belarus will be enough personally apply for recognition of their native Russian language.
The government also drew attention to the fact that now a single criterion for the recognition of the applicant’s native Russian language does not exist, sometimes the interview is conducted with the use of “audio-, video – and multimedia materials”, in other cases testing. In this regard, the Cabinet plans to give the interior Ministry the authority to develop a unified approach to this issue.
Carrier status for the Russian language provides foreigners the right to obtain a residence permit in Russia and citizenship in a simplified manner.
On 24 September it was reported that the Ministry of internal Affairs of Russia has made almost 90 thousand applications from residents of the breakaway Donetsk national Republic (DND) and Luhansk national Republic (LNR) to receive Russian citizenship under the simplified scheme in may this year. With more than 35 thousand citizens of Donetsk and Lugansk already have Russian passports.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the facilitation of the issuance of the Donbass residents Russian passports on April 24th. Then the head of state noted that the measure of a purely humanitarian nature and is not intended to create problems for the Ukrainian authorities. July 17, Putin has simplified obtaining Russian citizenship to all residents on the territory of the country the Ukrainians from Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
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