Do I need a visa?

Do I need a visa…?

Visa info

Whether you need a visa or residence permit when coming to Russia to study depends on your country of citizenship…

Non-EU countries

If your studies in Russia will take longer than three months, you will need a residence long-term visa before arriving in Russia. Long-term visas are issued by the Russian consulate or embassy.

Please note that you cannot apply for a long-term residence visa permit unless you have been admitted to full-time accredited university studies in Russia. This includes paying the tuition fees.

The visa permit application fee:
When applying for a long-term student visa, you must prove to the Russian Embassy that you will have a guaranteed sum of money or sponsorship at your disposal throughout the entire period of your studies.

Remember that you also need to pay the tuition fees before applying for a long-term student visa.

Students who have been awarded a scholarship through the Russian Institute or another program should supply proof of this. You will also need to show a valid passport and a letter of admission from the institution at which you will be studying. To be sure of obtaining your visa in time you should submit your application 6-8 weeks prior to your departure for Russia.

Please note that visa residence are limited to the duration of the study period, or to one year, whichever is shorter. Your visa will be renewed annually.

Renewal requests are processed by your local Russian Migration Board office. If you have any questions please contact the Russian embassy or consulate in your home country or country where you currently live. Also, make sure you have adequate medical insurance.

EU countries

To register, you must enclose proof of enrolment for a course or program, which is at high school level at the minimum, assurance that you have sufficient funds for your upkeep, and proof that you have comprehensive medical insurance valid in Russia.

For further assistance, please contact us.

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