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Exchange student: visa

1. What should I do when crossing the border into 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 the HSE Student International Mobility Office to find out the procedure and follow this link for more details about getting a new Russian visa.

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 stay in Russia. Процедура получения уведомления о прибытии отличается в зависимости от того, где вы будете проживать, и оказывается бесплатно.

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 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.


 

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