Medical Examination, Fingerprinting and Photographing Procedures
Amendments to the Federal Law "On legal status of foreign nationals in Russian Federation" came into force on 29 December, 2021. The new provisions establish that foreign nationals (including international students) staying in Russia for more than 90 days must undergo medical examination.
Who is exempt from undergoing the new procedures?
Citizens of the Republic of Belarus;
Family members of international officials and employees of diplomatic and consular institutions in Russia;
Foreign nationals with dual citizenship, one of which is Russian;
Foreign nationals – holders of temporary or permanent residence permits.
Who must undergo the procedures?
All international students arriving or planning to arrive in Russia after 29 December 2021 to stay for more than 90 days must undergo medical examination, fingerprint registration and photographing. These procedures must be completed within 90 days from the date of arrival in Russia.
All international students arrived in Russia before 29 December 2021 must undergo medical examination, fingerprint registration and photographing. These procedures must be completed within 180 days from July 14, 2022 (until January 10, 2023).
All international staff arriving or planning to arrive in Russia after 29 December 2021 to stay for more than 90 days must undergo medical examination, fingerprint registration and photographing. These procedures must be completed within 30 days from the date of arrival in Russia.
What is the deadline for the new procedures?
International students must undergo these procedures within 90 days from the date of arrival in Russia or until January 10, 2023 (for those who arrived before December 29, 2021).
International staff must undergo these procedures within 30 days from the date of arrival in Russia.
* The required procedures can be completed only in Russia.
In which order must the new procedures be completed?
The procedures must be completed in the following order:
1. Medical examination
2. Fingerprint registration and photographing
* It is possible to undergo fingerprinting and photographing procedures only after passing medical examination and obtaining the required documents.
Where is it possible to undergo the new procedures?
International students undergo medical examination in the authorised medical institution "Clinical Diagnostic Center" (2 Reshetnikovskaya street, Nizhny Novgorod). The service fee is 2,200 rubles. International students are to cover the costs of medical examination. The results can be obtained in 3 working days. Medical examination is required once a year.
Fingerprint registration and photographing is done in the branch of Migration Office (18 Academician Sakharov street, Nizhny Novgorod). The procedure is performed once regardless of the number of entries to Russia.
What are the risks if the new procedures are ignored?
The following penalties can be applied to those who have not completed the established procedures or failed to complete them on time: an administrative fine can be applied, or a period of your stay in Russia can be reduced.
Foreign citizens undertake medical examinations, including blood tests for narcotic substances and possible infectious diseases (e.g., tuberculosis, Hansen’s disease, syphilis, HIV).
Medical examinations include:
examinations by neurologist and psychiatrist
It is necessary to provide a notarized translation of an identity document (passport) to pass fingerprinting and photographing procedures.
The Russian Federation has agreements on legal assistance with Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan. Consequently, citizens from these states can provide a translation certified by a notary in the territory of these states.
Citizens of other states are required to make a notarized translation of their passport on the territory of the Russian Federation.
A notarized translation can be made at the translation agency "NN-Perevod" (office 525, right wing, 32 Varvarskaya street, Nizhny Novgorod). The service fee is 1,400 rubles. International students are to cover the costs of translation. The results can be obtained in 2 days.
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