20,000 Crimeans applied for Russian passports
About 20 thousand Crimean residents applied for a Russian passport. Federal Migration Service has issued the documents for more than 2,500 people.
According to census data, the Republic of Crimea is home to about 2 million people.
“We have a very serious, hard work, because issuing such number of documents at once is extremely difficult. We already running this work and will complete it in time,” quotes NTV channel Sergey Kalyuzhny, the deputy head of the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation.
As previously reported, the process of issuing Russian passports to Crimeans should be completed within three months. In Simferopol, four more offices were opened for the convenience of issuing the replacement passports. Residents of Crimea will get Russian citizenship free of charge.
The set of documents required for issuing Russian passports includes a photocopy of a Ukrainian passport, a birth certificate, marriage certificate, and four photographs. Russian passports will be issued within ten days.
The standard stamp duty for a passport is 200 Russian rubles (UAH 54). Crimea residents who have already paid stamp duty will be able to get the refund after contacting the FMS office.
Russia’s Consul General Vyacheslav Svetlichny noted that each resident of the Crimea must decide within a month about the citizenchip. To opt out of receiving Russian passport, a person should also get in touch with the local Department of Migration Service.