New regulations on dual citizenship in Russia

Federal Law No. 142-FZ, ’On Amendment of articles 6 and 30 of the Federal Law On Russian Federation Citizenship and Individual Regulations of the Russian Federation dated 4 June 2014’, introduces a new requirement for Russian citizens holding any other (i) citizenship or (ii) permanent residence permit (or any other document granting the right to permanent residency) in a foreign state to notify the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) of such foreign citizenship(s) or residence permit(s).

The law does not introduce any other new requirements or restrictions for dual citizens apart from this notification requirement.

Importantly, the final version of the law provides an exemption for Russian citizens who ‘permanently reside outside Russia’. While the law itself does not set forth a definition of people who ‘permanently reside outside Russia’, based on applicable Russian regulations on a place of residence, it appears that this should include Russian citizens who have a permanent home outside Russia and do not have a permanent place of residence in Russia…

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