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How to move to Russia permanently & pros and cons

Here are the steps for moving to Russia permanently, as well as some pros and cons to consider:

How to move to Russia permanently & pros and cons
How to move to Russia permanently & pros and cons
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.