2015_02_06
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Obligatory Examination for Foreigners in Russia With Test Examples

Hereby we are informing you that the Federal Law of 20.04.2014 N 74-ФЗ “On Amending the Federal Law “On Legal Status of Foreign Nationals on the RF” entered into force on January 1st 2015.

The Federal Law aims at improvement of migration legislation of the RF regarding introduction of obligatory documentary certification of the Russian language skills, knowledge of the Russian history and the basics of the legislation of the Russian Federation for foreign nationals.

Categories of foreign nationals, who are obliged to get documents confirming respective knowledge

A Foreign national applying for:

А) a temporary residence permit;
B) a permanent residence permit (vid na zhitelstvo);
C) a work permit (excluding HQS);
D) a patent (a document confirming the right of a foreign national who entered Russia on visa-free basis to temporarily work in Russia)

is obliged to confirm the Russian language skills, knowledge of the Russian history and the basics of the legislation of the Russian Federation.

Documents, confirming respective knowledge

The knowledge is confirmed by one of the following documents:

  1. a certificate proving the Russian language skills, knowledge of the Russian history and the basics of the legislation of the Russian Federation issued by an authorized organization;
  2. a state document on education (at the level not less than the basic general education), issued by the educational institution in the territory of the state, which was a part of the USSR, before September 1st, 1991;
  3. a document on education and (or) of the qualification issued to persons who have successfully passed the state final attestation in the territory of the Russian Federation starting from September 1st, 1991.

Certificate confirming the Russian language skills, their knowledge of the Russian history and the basics of the legislation of the Russian Federation will be issued to foreign nationals by educational institutions in Russia or abroad, included in the list of educational organizations conducting an examination in Russian as a foreign language, the history of Russia and the basics of the legislation of the Russian Federation. The term of validity of the certificate is five (5) years.

Please see below test examples for different modules of the test.

One can get the above-mentioned certificate in Moscow and in St. Petersburg in specially accredited educational institutes:

  1. Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU);
  2. People’s Friendship University of Russia (PFUR);
  3. Pushkin State Russian Language Institute (Pushkin SI);
  4. St. Petersburg State University (SPbSU)

Please contact us for further details about testing centers.
 
Confirmation of the Russian language skills, knowledge of the Russian history and the basics of the legislation of the Russian Federation on applying for a work permit for the following categories of the foreign citizens is not needed:

  • highly qualified specialists (HQS);
  • students, studying full-time in the RF in institutions of professional or higher education;
  • journalists, working for media, established specially for distribution of information in foreign languages.

Foreign citizens arriving in Russia on the basis of a visa and obtaining a work permit are obliged to submit a document confirming the Russian language skills, their knowledge of the Russian history and the basics of the legislation of the Russian Federation to the FMS within 30 calendar days after issuance of the work permit.

If such a document is not submitted, the work permit will be annulled.

Please note that this new requirement concerns foreign citizens who apply for a new work permit or a temporary or permanent residence permit or a patent after January 1st 2015.