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For the first six months of 2020, received a Russian passport 300 thousand foreigners. About this “Russian newspaper” said the head of the Main Department for migration Affairs of the Ministry of interior Valentina Kazakova.
According to her, due to coronavirus was 30 percent decline in the number of appeals to the immigration center. This was recorded a twofold increase in the number of applicants for citizenship in comparison with the first half of 2019. Just last year the Russians were 500 thousand people.
Kazakova noted that statistics was influenced by recent changes to migration legislation. So, in June, the visa processing time was reduced from six to three months. Ukrainians and Belarusians are exempted from interview if they speak Russian on the level of a native speaker.
On 24 July, entered into force the law on simplified obtaining Russian passports to foreigners and persons without citizenship. Now the applicant is not required to renounce former citizenship and can apply for the new status, having lived in the country less time than was required previously. Citizens of the USSR living abroad children of Russians, foreigners married to Russian or Russian woman can choose not to provide income data and the period of stay on Russian territory.
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