Here are the steps for moving to Russia permanently, as well as some pros and cons to consider:
- Research the requirements for obtaining a Russian residence permit. Depending on your country of origin, you may need to apply for a work visa, a student visa, or a business visa.
- Meet the basic requirements for obtaining a residence permit. This typically includes having health insurance, proof of sufficient financial means to support yourself, and passing a Russian language test.
- Apply for a Russian residence permit at the appropriate Russian embassy or consulate in your home country. The application process can take several months, so make sure to plan accordingly.
- Once you receive your residence permit, you can move to Russia and begin the process of registering your residence and finding a job or enrolling in a school.
- After 5 years of continuous legal stay, you may be eligible to apply for Russian citizenship.
- Rich culture and history
- Low cost of living in some regions
- Growing economy
- Vibrant nightlife in some cities
- Cold climate for much of the year
- Bureaucratic process of applying for a residence permit can be time-consuming and frustrating
- Corruption can be a problem
- Language barrier, although it may not be as hard as people think
- Some difficulties in adapting to a new culture
Note that this is a general guideline, every individual’s situation may vary. And you should look up specific requirements, rules and regulations of Russian government which is subjected to change over time.