Student visa for Russia

A student visa for Russia is necessary whether you want to study MBBS in Russia or want to pursue any other study in Russia. The student visa for Russia is valid for 90 days which can be extended to a year. Further, you can extend it based on the duration of the chosen course. But before you apply for the Russian visa, make sure you check whether you need the visa or not. Read the following article by Educonabroad for appropriate answers.  

If you are a citizen of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries like Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Moldova, Uzbekistan and parts of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, you do not need a visa to study in Russia. You only need a valid passport that doesn’t expire for the next 18 months. Whereas, other foreign countries including India, the European Union (EU)/European Free Trade Association (EFTA) members need a valid visa as well as a valid passport.

Let’s now have an idea about the eligibility criteria to apply for a Russian student visa, requirements for the application process, necessary registrations upon arrival and how to extend the visa.

Eligibility criteria

For you to comprehend easily, Educonabroad has divided the eligibility criteria into three sections

  • Invitation from a Russian college or university: To apply for the student visa in Russia, make sure you have the invitation letter from a Russian college or university. It will be issued to you by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and the Federal Migration Service of Russia if your application gets accepted by the college
  • Sufficient finances for your studies: When you apply for a student visa ensure that you have sufficient finances to support your studies, accommodation and living expenses. You may also apply for a scholarship in Russian college or university. To know more about how to apply for scholarships MBBS in Russia.
  • Apply in Russian educational institutions: As per the rules set by the Russian government, you can only apply up to 6 Russian universities or colleges. Also, check that each federal region doesn’t have more than 2 applications

Documents required

For a student visa in Russia, you must have a Russian embassy or consulate in your native country. To check the same, click here. When you visit the consulate office, make sure you carry the below-mentioned documents with you

  • A passport valid for at least next 18 months and has at least 2 blank pages and a photocopy of the front page
  • A recent photograph of size 3.5*4.5 cm
  • An original copy of the invitation letter from Russian college or university
  • A medical certificate which confirms that you don’t have HIV
  • A print out of the application form filled with complete and accurate details
  • A consent signed by your parents if you are below 18 years of age; certified by a notary

Processing time 

The Russian embassy confirms the student’s visa within 3 to 5 weeks. You may speed up the process with an additional fee based on your country.

Student visa fee

The student visa fee for Russia may vary as per the country. You are suggested to cross-check the same from your home country’s Russian embassy.

Necessary registrations upon arrival 

As soon as you arrive in Russia through a student visa, make sure you register with the Russian Federal Migration Service within 7 days. Also, you must go to the international student’s affairs within 3 days of arrival. It allows you to stay in Russia for the next 3 months. If you fail to do the same, you may get deported back to your country.

How to extend the Russian student visa?

Since your visa is only valid for the first 3 months from the date of your arrival, make sure you extend your student visa. Any delay in the same may attract a fine of 5,000 to 7,000 roubles or maybe ban to enter Russia for 5 years. Therefore, contact your university’s international office at least 30 to 40 days before the visa expires. To know whether MBBS in Russia is good for you or not, read the related facts on MBBS in Russia

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