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Relaxed rules for obtaining Russian citizenship
From October 30, 2023, a new law will come into force to simplify the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship. Here are a few examples:
The uninterrupted residence requirement for applicants with 5 years' permanent residence will be reduced from the current 9 months to 6 months per year.
Permanent residents who have obtained a Russian university degree with distinction will be able to apply without demonstrating one year's work experience.
Nationality applications will be processed within 3 to 6 months to simplify the procedure.
Visa waiver introduced
As of November 30, 2023, the US government will introduce visa exemption for Israelis citizens. They will then be able to obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) and will no longer be required to apply for a visa to stay on American soil for less than 90 days for tourist or business travel.
New immigration routes open for Portuguese-speaking countries
Since October 2, 2023, the Brazilian government has introduced two new immigration routes dedicated to citizens of Portuguese-speaking countries, enabling them to live and work in Brazil.
Firstly, the Temporary Visa, dedicated to certain skilled professions (teachers, researchers, sales), allows them to stay in the country for two years.
Secondly, Portuguese-speaking nationals already present in Brazil can apply for residency authorization regardless of their current status.
Public authorities closed for National Holiday
China's public authorities are closed from September 29, 2023 until October 6, 2023 due to the National Day holiday.