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For Students: Visa

How do I know if I need a visa or not?

You will definitely need a student visa to enter Russia if you are not a citizen of the following countries: Azerbaijan, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Armenia, Uzbekistan or Russia. You also do not need a visa if you are a holder of a diplomatic passport.

Citizens of all other countries must obtain a student visa to enter Russia.

Important

Always have your passport with your visa, migration card and registration slip on your person. If you have lost any of your documents, please refer to the information here.

What documents do I need to stay in Russia legally?

A single-entry visa allows its holder to enter Russia one time during a specific period. A single-entry visa may be obtained only in the country of one’s citizenship.

In turn, a multiple-entry visa allows its holder to enter Russia multiple times. A multiple-entry visa can only be obtained in Russia.

To find out the specifics for obtaining a multiple-entry visa, select your preferred degree level and read the relevant information.

Bachelor's, Master's and Specialist students

Exchange student

PhD student

Student of the preparatory programmes

Intern

A migration card is a document with information about the visiting foreign citizen, including the date when he or she crossed the border into Russia and the purpose of their visit.

A registration slip is a document confirming a foreign citizen’s legal stay in Russia.


 

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