All foreigners whose children already have Russian passports and have reached the age of 18 will be able to apply for Russian citizenship in a simplified manner. The project was proposed by the Cabinet of Ministers. As Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Igor Zubov previously explained to the deputies, now the rule applies only to disabled parents of adult children.
The entry into force of the law (this will happen 90 days after publication) will create comfortable conditions for family reunification, and will also have a positive effect on the labor market in the Russian Federation, Zubov emphasized. The innovation, according to his department's estimates, will allow Russia to get about 50 thousand new citizens a year. And basically it will be experienced, qualified personnel, counts in the Ministry of Internal Affairs. At the same time, the department is based on the previous experience of admission to the citizenship of the Russian Federation.
The deputy minister also commented on the doubts of the deputies whether foreign migrants would have children in the Russian Federation in order to obtain citizenship. He stressed that Russia is quite selective in its approach to citizenship issues. "We do not open, as you say, floodgates to just anyone," he said. "We provide such an opportunity, and if there are circumstances that prevent citizenship from being obtained, a person will not receive it."
The bill specifically states that the children of an applicant for citizenship must be capable and adults. This is a precautionary measure - so that the passports of the Russian Federation are received by those foreigners who maintain family relations with their family and adult children.
By the second reading, a provision was added to the bill stating that Russia introduces compulsory fingerprinting registration of those wishing to obtain citizenship. This will affect those candidates for whom such a procedure has not been carried out earlier. This amendment is aimed at preventing the penetration of persons assisting terrorists into the Russian Federation, the relevant Duma committee on CIS affairs said.
In addition, the bill removes the legal conflict due to which applications for the granting of Russian citizenship under a simplified scheme to adopted children were rejected.