My name is Cijey and currently I live in Canada. Iím in my early 30ís and currently working in the engineering department of Valves and Valves automation. I build, mod, repair, etc all kind of valves for power plants, water filtration, Mines, Hospitals even made some for the Canadian Army. I really love my Job and my part time musical hobby but thatís pretty much the only thing that holding me here now and my mom. Or maybe Iím still just too caught up in my past and just can get over it no matter how hard I try and it prevents me from keeping on moving forward in my life, so I decided to make a huge change in my life and start over but this time in Russia. I was born in Leningrad now called Saint Petersburg. My dad that passed away in 2011 was my last relative in Russia. I donít have any relative or peoples I know in Russia and donít know much about this country besides what I see on TV here and my resent research about it. I would really like to move to Russia and I know itís going to be a big move in my life and I hope the last one since Iím planning to live there. I would like to move to Moscow or St-Petersburg but Iím still opened minded about it. I would like to get ready as much as possible and prepare myself as much as I can before making my final move so any advices or opinions will be helpful. Because honestly I donít even know where to start from, my guess is just pack my bags and go but Iím sure there is much more to it. So please any advices and opinions will be appreciated.
When was the last time you were in Russia? I'm guessing not for a long time -- perhaps you left when you were still a small child? How well do you speak Russian? What is your citizenship? Do you have a Canadian passport? Does your mom keep any friends or contacts in Russia?
If you know only a little about Russia, I think the main thing for you, would be that life there is really different from the West. You might need some time to get used to it.
First, there is some practical business you must figure out. I used to study this stuff, but I am not "up to date". However, the general rule in Russia has been that people born in Russia must use Russian documents to enter the country. According to this principle, you would have to get a Russian passport in Canada, before you could travel to Russia. I seem to recall that were some exceptions for people who left in Soviet times, but I don't remember the details.
If you already have a current Russian zagranichni passport, then there is no problem. If you have a Russian passport that expired, you may need to renew it. If you were brought to Canada as an infant, then probably you never had a Russian passport. Whatever documents you need from the Russian government, expect to be required to present a lot of paperwork, and to have to wait for at least a few weeks.
To get advice on what you need to do in order to enter Russia, contact a Russian consular office:
A separate question, is that of military conscription, which is supposed to apply to all males in Russia. Probably this is not a problem at your age -- but make sure to find out, before you go there! I think the consular office can also advise you about this.
Once you have the documents you need, I strongly recommend making at least one visit for a few weeks, to see how you feel about being there. This need not be very expensive, and I might be able to help you in saving money.
If you decide you truly want to live there, I expect that legal residency won't be a problem because you were born in Russia. But in order to stay in Russia you will need to get an internal passport (different from the zagranichni passport used for international travel), and registration (propiska) based on where you will be living.
As you can see, this probably can't be done overnight -- you might need a few months just to get the travel documents you need. And that's a good thing, because such a big step needs a clear head and plenty of preparation.