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Over 13,000 Russian passports issued in Crimea daily — Russia’s migration service

April 08, 2014, 17:07 UTC+3 SIMFEROPOL

Migration agencies receive more than 15,000 applications for Russian citizenship every day

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People applying for Russian passports in Crimea

People applying for Russian passports in Crimea

© ITAR-TASS/Stanislav Krasilnikov

SIMFEROPOL, April 08. /ITAR-TASS/. More than 13,000 Russian passports are issued daily in Crimea, CrimeaInform news agency reported on Tuesday, citing head of the passport department of the Russian Federal Migration Service Fedor Karpovets.

Moreover, Karpovets said, migration agencies receive more than 15,000 applications for Russian citizenship every day.

Whereas at the initial stage Russia’s migration agencies were able to receive a mere 1,500 applications, “today they receive more than 15,000 applications a day from citizens who want to obatin a Russian passport and have a legal right to do so,” he said.

The applicants for Russia’s national passport need not hurry to meet any deadlines, as the passports will be continuously issued in the country’s newly-incorporated republic of Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol, Karpovets said.

“The passport issuing procedure is constantly available in the region. Nevertheless, we will try to provide people with Russian passports within a three-month period”, he said, adding that the migration service had started sending their specialists to different regional labor facilities in order to collect their staffs’ applications.

“One does not have to waste time in queues anymore, as we will visit all the labor facilities, schools and hospitals anyway”, said the official.

Karpovets said that any institution, state-owned or private, may file an application for passports. Migration service officials would arrive to collect the employees’ documents at their workplaces. The applicants may file the form required on the official website of Russia’s migration service.

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