Eleven time zones, a surface area as large as Pluto, one of the world’s richest culture and art collections, beautiful cities and endlessly diverse countryside and food that’s appreciated all over the world. Russia is huge and not just in size. 

The country has been making big economic progress over the past years and is becoming a place expats really want to move to. The labour market is expected to grow stronger and stronger and people will have more to spend. 

Though Russia can be a very cold place, Russian people can still be very warm hearted. On ‘Subbotnik’ people go out on the streets of their cities to clean them voluntarily and giving flowers, an odd number unless you’re at a funeral, is part of Russian etiquette. Russian culture is also known for being really tolerant of all faiths and beliefs. 

When you are invited to someone’s house, bringing flowers or wine will be much appreciated. Be careful with complimenting something because your host might try to give it to you.  

The official language spoken in the country is Russian and learning the language will be of great benefit when doing business and in everyday life. Some people speak English, especially in business, and there is a high demand for English teachers. 

All foreign citizens need a work permit to work in Russia, which can be obtained through the Federal Migration Service. A work permit is valid for a year and immigrants need to apply for a new one when the term is over. 

An employment contract is needed when applying for a permit and the Russian government regulates the number of foreigners hired. Nationals from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) can apply for a work permit without having to find an employer first; this work permit is valid for a year. 

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Here are some of the ways to live in Russia:

Through your Family:

  • If your child is a citizen or permanent resident of this country, you may apply for a parent residency visa.
  • If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Russia, you are probably eligible for residency.  If your spouse is a citizen, you can apply for citizenship after living together in Russia for a period of 3 years.  Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.

Youth Mobility Visa:

  • If you are a French citizen between the ages of 18-30, you may be eligible under the Working and Holiday Visa programme. Note: you may need a letter of government support to undertake this type of visa.

Here are some ways to get citizenship in Russia:

  • If one or both of your parents were citizens when you were born, you are probably also a citizen.
  • If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Russia, you are probably eligible for residency.  If your spouse is a citizen, you can apply for citizenship after living together in Russia for a period of 3 years.  Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.
  • If one or both of your parents were citizens of the former USSR, you can apply to be a citizen of the Russian Federation.

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The passport for Russian Federation allows you to travel to 113 countries without a visa.

Its global rank is 83.

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