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5:00 PM  January 21, 2020

It’s easier for Tomsk foreign students to get Russian passport in 2020

© РИА Томск. Таисия ВоронцоваIt’s easier for Tomsk foreign students to get Russian passport in 2020

TOMSK, Jan 21 – RIA Tomsk. Foreigners studying in Tomsk from 2020 to obtain Russian citizenship under program of voluntary resettlement of compatriots; for this students must successfully study in specialties in demand on labor market, have no debts to pay for education, the head of the regional department of labor and population employment Svetlana Gruznykh told on Tuesday.

Earlier it was reported that since March 2016, a state program has been operating in the Russian Federation that promotes the voluntary resettlement of compatriots living abroad to Russia. The Tomsk region is among the regions implementing it. Participants of the program could be compatriots working in professions that are in demand in the region, engaged in entrepreneurship and investment activity, as well as migrants who are recognized as refugees or have received temporary asylum in the Russian Federation.

Who can apply

“Since January 1, 2020, due to the interest of foreign students in Tomsk universities, they will have the opportunity to obtain citizenship when they are in their last years. We are talking here if this is a bachelor’s degree, then it’s the 4th year, master's degree - the 2nd year, the specialist's program - then the 5th year and if we consider a medical university, then this is the 6th year", - Gruznykh said at a press conference in the RIA Tomsk media center.

She clarified that in order to obtain citizenship of the Russian Federation, foreign students should not have academic debts and debts to pay for tuition. They should also study at universities in the specialties and areas of training that are in demand on the labor market.

“This is an innovation that allows young people to stay and gain a foothold in the territory of the Tomsk region. This decision was made because in recent years we have seen increased demand from foreign students for citizenship obtaining”, - she added.

Who is in demand and where are they coming from

According to the press service of the department, engineers in various fields of activity, teachers of mathematics, the Russian language and literature, a foreign language, teachers in colleges, universities, medical specialists, and paramedical personnel are in demand in the labor market of the Tomsk region. Also in demand are specialists in working professions - mechanical technicians, electricians, electric welders, installers.

Gruznykh also reported that since 2016, 1204 compatriots and 1248 family members have arrived in the Tomsk region under the "Compatriots" program. "If we look at from which countries people come and receive citizenship in the Tomsk region, then it’s mainly compatriots from Kazakhstan and Ukraine", - she said.


Earlier it was also reported that the region’s authorities are interested in increasing the number of foreign students in local universities, since the export of education - is one of the important elements of the "Education" national project and one of the directions of the future world-class scientific and educational center that is planned to be created in Tomsk.

Governor Sergey Zhvachkin called one of the obstacles to increasing the number of foreign students “unfriendly” migration rules. During a visit to Tomsk, the president of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Sergeev also spoke out for simplifying the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for foreign students of Russian universities.

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