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Moscow - Registration, Permits & Other Documentation


Before arriving in Moscow, you will need to secure a visa through the consulate of your home country. Russia does not issue visas on arrival, so this must be completed before you move. There are many organizations, such as Visa to Russia (www.visatorussia.com) that offer to help expedite visa processing and facilitate registration upon arrival in Russia. If you intend to use one of these organizations, make sure to carefully consider the necessity of the services they offer, because they can be quite expensive. Your visa will be registered at your local Office of Visas and Regulations. There are several offices throughout the city.

Work permits for expatriates are issued by the Federal Migration Service; however, the Service frequently ceases issuing work permits to foreigners, so it is essential to find out if you will be able to obtain a work permit before you arrive in Moscow. The website for the Federal Migration Service is www.fms.gov.ru/

Driver licenses can be obtained at the Department of Non Residents, located at 6-aya Radialnaya ulitsa, house 1, near the Tsaritsyno metro station. You will need to provide your passport from your home country and your Russian visa, as well as a medical certificate from a Russian physician, a certificate from a doctor and a psychologist stating that you have never received drug or mental disorder treatment, and your home country license with translation. You will also need to take a written test to obtain your driver license.

Birth, death, and marriage certificates must be obtained at your local ZAGS office in Moscow. To marry as an expatriate, ZAGS is required to obtain all of the documents that would be necessary to register a marriage in your home country. The registration process can take up to 35 days to complete, and you will pay fees of about $97 to complete the process. The location of your nearest ZAGS office can be found at www.yellow-pages.ru/eng/nd2/qu5/ru14487.

The Consular section of your home county's Embassy can assist you in registering a birth and obtaining a birth certificate, or in procuring a death certificate.




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