Krasnodar, 18 June. Our today’s interviewee is Police Colonel Irina Bezuglova, Head of the Migration Directorate of the Main Department of the Ministry for Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation for Krasnodar krai.
Q.: How would you describe the immigrant workforce flows into Krasnodar krai?
A.: For a foreigner coming to Russia to work, it is preferable to get a patent and remain within the framework of the law. This opinion is proved by the fact that the number of patents has grown and the number of offences in the sphere of foreign citizens’ labour activity has dropped over the past few years. When getting a patent, foreigners undergo fingerprint registration, medical examination, and pass an exam on the knowledge of the Russian language, history and law. The mechanism is well-tuned, and it works. Most of the foreigners coming to work in Krasnodar krai prefer to work in the city of Krasnodar and at the Black Sea coast. They are employed in the construction, processing industries and commerce.
Q.: What were the latest legal novelties that made the work with foreign citizens easier?
A.: Since June 17, 2020, citizens of the Republic of Belarus and Ukraine who are fluent in the Russian language will be excused from the interview at the commissions entitled to acknowledge a foreign citizen or stateless person a carrier of the Russian language. Besides, since the same day the time allowed for consideration of applications for conferment of Russian citizenship in the simplified procedure will be reduced from six to three months. Since July 24, 2020, the procedure of acquisition of Russian citizenship for citizens of Ukraine, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Moldova and the Republic of Kazakhstan, and for foreign citizens and stateless persons married to a Russian citizen and having joint children with him/her, will be simplified. Certain categories of the applicants for Russian citizenship will be excused from the duty to prove the presence of the legal source of livelihood. All applicants will be excused from the duty to repudiate their existing citizenship. Since May 5, 2020, foreign citizens who work in Russia on the basis of a patent may apply for the reissuance of their patent without having to leave the territory of the Russian Federation.
Q.: Nationals of what countries do most often apply for Russian citizenship?
A.: This year, over 8,500 foreign citizens and stateless persons have been granted Russian citizenship. Of them, over 6,300 were Ukrainian nationals. In 2019, we considered more than 21,000 citizenship applications. The prevailing majority of the applicants came from the ex-USSR countries, mainly from Ukraine (about 13,000), Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus.
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