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Russia - Visas, Residency, Immigration & Documentation

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Expatriate residence statuses

Under Russian Immigration Law there are three expatriate residence statuses, as follows:

1. Temporarily Located - this applies to most expatriates, who are working and living in Russia for a specified length of time. People in this category require a work permit and work visa.

2. Temporary Resident - Holders of three-year temporary residence permits, who intend to settle in Russia permanently. People in this category require a visa to enter Russia but do not require a work permit to take employment there. There are restrictions on their movement within Russia unless permission is obtained. After three years they must apply for a permanent residency permit or leave the country. Temporary residence permits are normally only issued to people born in the USSR, those who have a close family connection to Russia or is married to a Russian citizen or permanent resident, or who are investing a significant sum of money in the country.

3. Permanent Residents - Permanent residency permits are issued to people who have held a temporary residence permit for at least one year, and own a permanent home in Russia. People in this category do not require an entry visa or work permit. Permits are issued for five years and are renewable.

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