Adopted Russian children must be registered with the Government of Russia either by registering  with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) before they leave the country or by working with their adoption agency to register their adopted children when they return to destination country.  

The following documents are needed for registration:

  1. Original of the child's passport which contains immigrant visa;
  2. The parents' passports (photocopies are not acceptable);
  3. Letter from the orphanage (orphanage release);
  4. Letter from the Ministry of Education of Russia;
  5. Court decision;
  6. Adoption certificate;
  7. Application for Registration and two photos of the child. The process takes two days; issuance takes place the day after the intake of documents. Since January 11, 2006, the service is free of charge.