Russian Citizenship for minors under the age of 14

Russian Citizenship for a child born abroad

Russian Version

If your child was born abroad, is it possible for him or her to obtain Russian citizenship?

A child will have Russian citizenship automatically if both parents, or the only parent, have Russian citizenship at the moment of birth, regardless of the place of birth (according to Russian Federal Law, Section 1a of article 12 “About Russian Citizenship” number 62-FZ (since May 31st, 2002).

In that case the parents do not have a choice about processing the child’s Russian citizenship. The child is already a Russian citizen. To enter Russia all Russian citizens must have a valid Russian foreign travel passport. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will deny any Russian visa applications for those who are already Russian citizens.

If one of the parents is a Russian citizen and the other one is a citizen of a different country, the child will be eligible for Russian citizenship and a Russian travel passport. To apply for Russian citizenship and a passport both parents must consent. If the child does not become a Russian citizen he or she can travel to Russia with a foreign passport and a valid Russian visa.

How does the process work? Is it necessary to obtain a Russian birth certificate?

No, obtaining a Russian birth certificate is not possible in this situation because there can be only one official birth certificate, which must be from the country of birth. The child’s birth is registered officially within that country. According to article number 13 of the Russian Federal Law 143-fz about Vital Records from November 15th, 1997, the only official document that proves a child’s birth aboard, which is equivalent to a Russian birth certificate, is a foreign birth certificate with an apostil or government authentication along with a notarized translation. The signature of the translator must be notarized by an official Russian Federation notary.

What are all the documents that will be included from Russian Agency after processing Russian citizenship for a child?

  • An exact translation of the child’s birth certificate along with an apostille (state authentication for Canada) into Russian;
  • A certification of the translator’s signature by an official Russian Federation notary. All these documents will be bound together and stamped by the Russian Federation notary;
  • On the backside side of this packet of bound papers there will be a stamp saying that this person is a citizen of Russia;
  • A separate Russian foreign vravel passport for a child valid for 5 years.

The processing times if BOTH parents (or the ONLY parent) are Russian Citizens with VALID internal passports:

  • standard processing – up to 5-6 weeks,
  • expedited processing – up to 2-3  weeks,

The processing times in ALL OTHER circumstances:

  • standard processing – up to 6-8 weeks
  • expedited processing – up to 2 weeks.

We can process your application and send you the documents with no personal appearance or appointments at the consulate or our offices.

Please CALL our TOLL FREE  numbers (888) 9-RUSSIA or (888) 978-7742 about our fees because the pricing is subject to change.

 

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DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO APPLY:

STEP 1 (you should mail the following items to us):

  • the child’s original birth certificate along with an apostille (state authentication for Canada),
  • a completed and notarized statement of consent of non Russian citizen parent along with an apostille (state authentication for Canada),
  • Payment of processing and shipping fees.  We accept personal checks, money orders and cashier checks. All the checks and orders should be made payable to RUSSIAN AGENCY. We do not accept credit cards.

STEP 2 — (you should either mail or email the following items to us):

А. If both parents or the only parent are citizens of the Russian Federation: :

  • passport photo of the child,
  • copies of Russian Internal passports of both parents (main page and all the pages with address registrations in Russia),
  • copies of Russian travel passports of both parents (main page),
  • copy of the marriage certificate of the parents (if married),
  • all prior name changes of the parents must be accompanied with the appropriate documents (marriage and divorce certificates or official name changes).

B. If one of the parents is a foreign citizen:

  • completed application;
  • passport photo of the child;
  • passport photo of the Russian citizen parent;
  • copy of the Russian citizen parent’s internal passport (main page and all pages with address registrations);
  • copy of the Russian citizen parent’s foreign travel passport (main page);
  • information about current place of employment or study of the Russian citizen parent (organization’s name, address, and phone number);
  • copy of the international travel passport of the non-Russian citizen parent (main page);
  • if married, a copy of the marriage certificate;
  • all prior name changes of the parents must be accompanied with the appropriate documents (marriage and divorce certificates or official name changes).

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PLEASE NOTE: the shipping fee for delivery within the U.S. is $40 (2 days ground shipping). Canada’s shipping fee is $50 for 4 days ground shipping. If you need an expedited delivery (overnight, a saturday delivery option) please let us know and we will tell you the price.

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