Temporary residence permit in Russia

A temporary residence permit (TRP) is a document, which confirms the right of a foreign citizen to temporarily stay in Russia until he or she obtains a permanent residence permit (PRP). TRP is not a separate document but a stamp in the national passport of a foreigner.

TRP is valid for 3 years without the possibility of extension and allows foreign citizens to work legally in one of the Russian regions without a need to obtain work permit.

How to obtain a temporary residence permit?

TRP can be obtained within the quota, which is annually issued by the Government or without quota.

In order to use a simplified procedure, there should be one of the following grounds*:

  • you have a Russian spouse residing in Russia;
  • you were born in the territory of the RSFSR and held a USSR passport;
  • your parents or children are citizens of the Russian Federation;
  • you are a highly qualified specialist with a work permit and a work visa;
  • you work in Russia more than 6 months in one of the professions approved by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation;
  • you have a Russian state university degree completed with honors.

*including, without limitation

Application review period is from 2 to 4 months.

What documents are required to obtain a temporary residence permit?

Along with the documents proving the ground for TRP, the foreigner shall provide medical certificates, police clearance certificate from the country of citizenship and pass the exam on Russian language, history and law (as a rule).

Notification of residence

Foreign citizens have to send a special notification to the migration authority proving that they reside in Russia and obtain enough income to provide for themselves or their family.

In what cases can temporary residence permit be denied?

The most frequent cases of refusal are:

  • Inconsistency of data provided in application form with the set of documents;
  • Failure to provide documents required by the Russian legislation;
  • Any criminal history or breach of migration/administrative regulations;
  • Spending more than 180 days beyond the Russian territory.

Case: temporary residence permit


A citizen with dual citizenship of the United States and Canada asked for a service of obtaining a temporary residence permit (TRP) in a simplified manner on the basis of marriage with a Russian citizen. During the procedure, it was necessary to determine the country of residence and prepare documents in accordance with this.

  • Lawyers provided full support to a foreign citizen in the process of collecting documents;
  • Analyzed the issue of dual citizenship regarding the country, where a citizen needs to obtain a police clearance certificate;
  • Filled in all the required forms and applications;
  • Accompanied a foreign citizen to the migration authority to submit documents and obtain a ready TRP and visa.

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