Immigration and Visa Support
HSE-Nizhny Novgorod provides an official letter of invitation for visa application at Russian Consular offices abroad and registration.
Students, coming as exchange students need a Student visa. Dates of validity of the visa will correspond with the dates mentioned on your letter of invitation issued by a Russian Federal Migration Service agency or on your official letter of invitation from our University.
HSE — Nizhny Novgorod provides an official letter of invitation for visa application at Russian Consular offices abroad. Please note, that letters of invitation for EU citizens are issued in up to 15 days (by our University) and for nationals of other countries (including USA and Canada) — in 45 days.
Please be aware, that your international passport should have at least two blank pages for visas. The passport should be valid for a minimum of six months after visa expiration date. If you do not have a blank page to which a visa can be affixed or your passport is valid for a shorter period of time than 6 months after visa expiration date, a new passport must be obtained before submitting your application.
A normal application procedure takes at the Russian Consular office approximately 7 calendar days.
Please bring your passport and the migration card (you will get it upon arrival at the airport) on the first day at the University (not more than after 2 days after your arrival). We will need these in order to register you with Russian Migration Bureau.
Note that it is vitally important to keep the migration card that you receive when you enter Russia. This document has to be presented at the passport control when you leave. The same is with the registration slip.
Extension of the visa
If you plan to stay in Russia for more than 90 days, you will need to extend your visa (only single-entry visas may be extended).
IMPORTANT : Before you get a new, multiple-entry visa your visa is still single-entry and you may not leave and re-enter the Russian Federation. Be prepared to stay in Russia without leaving for the first few months after your initial arrival, until you receive your multiple-entry visa.
Multiple entry visa replaces the single entry visa and is issued for the whole period of your studies. Visit the International Office to apply for a multiple entry visa.
Documents for visa extension must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to visa expiry date.
The following documents must be submitted for the multiple-entry visa application:
- migration card,
- registration notice,
- 1 photo 3x4 (against white background on matte photo paper),
- visa extension fee payment
Issuance of the multiple-entry visa usually takes up to 45 days. You will be invited by e-mail to the International Office to receive your visa when it is ready.
Apply for the registration within 3 days after your arrival to Russia.
For that, present the following documents to the International Office:
- your passport
- migration card
You should pick up your registration slip at the International Offcie in three days after the documents have been submitted. Always keep the slip and your migration card with you.
Note that it is vitally important to keep the migration card that you receive when you enter Russia. This document has to be presented at the passport control when you leave. If you happen to lose the card, immediately inform the International Office about that.
REMINDER: Every time you leave Russia and come back you need to obtain a migration card and re-apply for registration at the International Office.
Copy of the passport
The International Office makes copies of your passport, migration card and registration slip, so you carry it with you instead of the original. Keep the original passport in a safe place.
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