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Bachelor's, Master's and Specialist students: visa

1. What should I do when crossing the border to enter Russia?

You will be required to provide your passport with a valid visa, and a migration card. You will receive a migration card on the plane/train/bus, or at the actual checkpoint. If you are crossing the Russian border from Belarus, please note the special procedure.

Please refer to our guide to make sure that you or the checkpoint officer have filled in your migration card correctly. Make sure the purpose of travel highlighted is "education". 

If you find an error in your migration card while crossing the border, contact the checkpoint officer.

If you find an error in your migration card after you left the checkpoint, most likely, you will have to leave Russia and get a new visa invitation. Contact your programme manager to find out the procedure and follow this link for more details about getting a new Russian visa.

3. How soon should I get registered upon arrival?

Within 3 business days. We recommend to do it on the next day after entering Russia.

Please note, in case you fail to get registered upon arrival, you will be subject to a state penalty of 7000 rubles and might be deported and rejected further entry to Russia. 

Do not buy registration services from untrustworthy companies, it is provided by the MIA of Russia free of charge. You must be registered strictly at the address of your actual stay in Russia.

2. What should I do after crossing the border into Russia?

Foreign citizens are required to get a migration registration every time they cross the border to enter or re-enter Russia. If you violate this rule, you may be subject to a fine of up to 7,000 roubles, deportation from Russia, and a ban on entry for up to three years. What you need to do to get your migration registration will depend on your place of residence in Russia. The procedure depends on your place of staying and has no fee.

Please make sure that you keep your registration slip and migration card on your person up until your departure from Russia as these documents may be requested at the border checkpoint when leaving the country.

I will be staying in a dormitory

The dormitory passport officer will help you obtain your migration registration. Please visit him/her on the next business day after arrival with your passport and migration card.

You may need a petition on an HSE University letterhead. To obtain the petition, send a request to the HSE Visa and Registration Centre at visa-registration@hse.ru. If your local office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (or Multifunctional Public Services Centre ‘My Documents’) requests the petition which is different from the standard one, attach a file with the relevant template form (it is usually displayed on an information board at the Ministry of Internal Affairs office/ Multifunctional Public Services Centre ‘My Documents’ or can be provided by the officer upon request).

As soon as your petition is ready, you will be informed by e-mail about when you can collect it from the outgoing mailbox at the HSE Visa and Registration Centre at a convenient time. It usually takes 3 working days to process your application for the petition.

You can ask the passport officer when your migration registration will be ready. Please refer to our guide to check your registration slip when you get it. If you find an error in your registration slip, contact your dormitory passport officer. You will receive a new registration slip within a few days. Until you do, please keep the registration slip with the error.

I will be staying in a private flat

The owner of your flat will help you obtain your migration registration. Please visit him/her on the next business day after arrival with your passport and migration card. The owner of the flat can refer to our guide.

You may need a petition on an HSE University letterhead. To obtain the petition, send a request to the HSE Visa and Registration Centre at visa-registration@hse.ru. If your local office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (or Multifunctional Public Services Centre ‘My Documents’) requests the petition which is different from the standard one, attach a file with the relevant template form (it is usually displayed on an information board at the Ministry of Internal Affairs office/ Multifunctional Public Services Centre ‘My Documents’ or can be provided by the officer upon request).

As soon as your petition is ready, you will be informed by e-mail about when you can collect it from the outgoing mailbox at the HSE Visa and Registration Centre at a convenient time. It usually takes 3 working days to process your application for the petition.

You can ask the owner of your flat when your migration registration will be ready. Please refer to our guide to check your registration slip when you get it. If you find an error in your registration slip, contact the owner of your flat. You will receive a new registration slip within a few days. Until you do, please keep the registration slip with the error.

I will be staying in a hotel/hostel

Your hotel receptionist will help you obtain your migration registration. Do not forget to get it from them.

Please refer to our guide to check your registration slip when you get it. If you find an error in your registration slip, contact your hotel receptionist. You will receive a new registration slip within a few days. Until you do, please keep the registration slip with the error.

4. Which other procedures should I undergo after arrival to Russia?

Foreign students* who arrived to Russia after December 29th, 2021 are obliged to undergo the following compulsory procedures within 90 days since their arrival:

Read further information here.

* Citizens of Belarus, as well as holders of Russian temporary and permanent residence permits are exempt from these procedures.


 

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