Russian Visa & Migration Procedures

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SPbU can offer you only partial support in applying for a visa. The University can send you a visa invitation and, if required, can help you in applying for an extension of your visa.

A Russian Federation visa is a document that permits entry and exit within the dates fixed therein. To study at SPbU you need to have one of the following two types of student visas: a study visa or a course visa.

 

Very important!

 

If you arrive at St Petersburg through Moscow or any other city or town in Russia, you need to register in the city or the town you crossed the border in and get an original of the registration card to submit for migration registration in St Petersburg.

Foreign nationals must register according to the place of their stay in the Russian Federation.

Before you apply for a visa invitation, you should decide on the duration of study at the University.

 
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If you are planning to study less than 90 days:

1. you should fill in an application form online.
2. you will be sent a visa invitation from SPbU via e-mail. If the consulate needs an original, SPbU can ship it with DHL or any other service (the delivery time is 3 to 5 days).

Processing time for issuing a visa invitation is 7 to 8 weeks (2 weeks for citizens of the European Union).

Please note that if you hold this type of visa, you cannot apply to extend your visa.

 

If you are planning to study more than 90 days:

1.you should fill in an application form online.

2. you will be sent an official visa invitation from the Federal Migration Service Directorate (UFMS) via DHL or any other service (the delivery time is 3 to 5 days). Processing time for issuing an invitation is 7 to 8 weeks.

3.your visa is valid for 90 days. After you have arrived at St Petersburg and entered into a contract with the University, you will be able to extend your visa for the duration of your study as specified in the contract (but no longer than 1 year). Then you will be able to apply to extend your visa for the duration of the subsequent contracts. You should apply no less than 30 days before your visa expires.

Please note that processing time for issuing multiple visas by the migration service is 21 working days.

Make sure you book the tickets to Russia after you have received a visa invitation.

All foreign nationals must fill in a migration card at the passport control. It is a small sheet of paper perforated in the centre.  

Upon completion of this form, one part thereof is taken by the passport control officer while the student keeps the other part for registration and exit procedures. The migration card must be stamped by the border passport control officer. This stamp indicates the date of arrival and is required for registration with the University. These cards are available onboard international flights and at the passport control at airports.

 

Very important: make sure that you have a migration card during all your stay in Russia. 

Migration Card

All foreign nationals must submit their documents for migration registration within 7 days after their arrival.

You should provide your passport, visa, and migration card. Your migration registration means you can legally stay in Russia. Your migration registration shall not exceed the period of your contract with the University. The date of contract termination is the last day when you can legally stay in Russia. 

If you have already registered during your current visit to the Russian Federation (at a hotel, hostel, and so on), you should provide an original of the notice of the migration registration (a document that proves that you have registered).

 регистрация

The authorized bodies to control migration registration of the foreign nationals in the Russian Federation are police and the Main Directorate for Migration Affairs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russian Federation. They are entitled to check your documents at any place, including in the street. 

Should any questions concerning visa and migration registration arise, please contact the Centre of Additional Educational Programs “Russian as a Foreign Language” located at Office 307, 11 Lieutenant Shmidt Emb., St Petersburg.

 

Note: Please read Rules of Stay in the Russian Federation for Foreign Citizens.