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Frequently asked questions

International Students

Visa

It takes 45 calendar days to extend your visa. The cost of visa extension comes to 1,600 rubles. Registration is done free of charge. You can recieve your registration at place of residence (dormitory/HSE guesthouse/rented appartment - by your landlord).

How long will it take to have my visa extended?

Visa extension takes not less than 45 calendar days. Please, submit documents 45 days prior to the expiry date of your current visa.

How can I reissue my valid visa for my new passport?

If your passport has expired or has been damaged, and a new one is being issued by embassy, your old passport must be cancelled. Within 30 days following the receipt of your new passport, you must submit the documents required for visa extension again in order to have your visa reissued for your new passport.

What documents are required for visa extension?

You must submit the following documents to have your visa extended:

  • your passport (copies of all pages),
  • copy of your visa,
  • your registration slip (original + 2 copies),
  • your migration card (original + copy),
  • copy of your contract certified by your Programme Office if you are studying on a fee - paying (contractual) basis,
  • copy of a recommendation letter from the Russian Ministry of Education and Science certified by your Programme Office if you are studying under the Ministry’s quota,
  • a certificate of enrollment issued by your Programme Office and a copy of the directive on your enrollment (for first - year students) or an extract from your directive for senior students (for 2nd/3rd/4th year students),
  • receipt confirming payment for visa extension (1,600 rubles, bank details may be requested at visa-registration@hse.ru),
  • 1 photo (3,5 x 4,5) in colour;
  •  a HSE request.

Please find further information about all the details of the process here.

Where can I get a certificate of enrollment or a copy of a recommendation letter from the Russian Ministry of Education?

These documents can be requested through your Programme Office.

An original certificate (‘spravka’) issued by your programme office must be only in Russian, printed on the HSE letterhead, the date of its issue must be not earlier than 2 months by the date you submit documents for extending.

There is an example of it 

 Example (DOCX, 15 Кб)

How long will the certificate issued by my Programme Office be valid?

It will be valid for 2 months.

Registration

Please note that Russian law stipulates a 7,000 - ruble fine for violations of registration laws. Furthermore, foreign nationals can also be deported from Russia based on a court decision.

What documents are required for extending my registration?

You must submit the following documents to extend your registration:

  • a copy of your passport,
  • your registration slip (original + copy),
  • a copy of your contract certified by your Programme Office if you are studying on a fee - paying (contractual) basis,
  • a copy of a recommendation letter from the Russian Ministry of Education and Science certified by Programme Office if you are studying under the Ministry’s quota system,
  • a certificate of enrollment issued by your Programme Office and a copy of the directive on your enrollment (for first - year students), or an extract from the directive for senior students (for for 2nd/3rd/4th year students);
  • an original certificate (‘spravka’) issued by your programme office (only in Russian, printed on the HSE letterhead, the date of its issue must be not earlier than 2 months by the date you submit documents for extending);

There is an example of it 

 Example (DOCX, 15 Кб)

  • a HSE request (if it's demanded);
  • a filled migration slip.

Please download here  the example (XLS, 153 Кб)

You must fill in both sides and print them on one page.

Where can I get a certificate of enrollment, a copy of a recommendation letter from the Russian Ministry of Education, a copy of the directive on my enrollment (for first - year students), or an extract from the directive for senior students (for 2nd/3rd/4th year students)?

These documents can be requested through your Programme Office.

How long will the certificate issued by my Programme Office be valid?

It will be valid for 2 months.

What do I need to do in order to apply for registration upon arrival and when will I get my registration slip?

You must submit the following documents to apply for first - time registration:

  • copy of your passport (all pages),
  • a copy of a migration card,
  • copy of your visa (if applicable),
  • a HSE request.

A registration slip covering 90 days will be issued approximately within 4 working days. It is free of charge. 
Please clarify at place of residence wheather additional documents are required. If you live in a dormitory, ask your passport officer. If you live in a rented appartment, ask your landlord for registration and additional information about documents.

Please visit this page to learn more.

How long does it take to extend my registration?

If you enter Russia without a Russian visa (visa - free entry), you registration will be extended within 25 working days.

If you enter Russia with a Russian visa, you are required to have your visa extended along with the extension of your registration. Extending your visa  usually takes around 45 calendar days. Visa extension costs 1,600 rubles, while visa registration is free of charge. After receiving a new visa, you must immediately apply for a new registration at place of your residence.

Do I need to get another registration if I travel to other Russian cities?

If you stay for more than 7 working days in any other Russian city, you must get a local registration. Upon returning to Moscow, you need to register again by submitting the local registration slip from the city you visited. To learn more please visit this page.

What purpose of the visit should I select on my migration card when entering Russia?

Your purpose of visit is always education!

What should I do if I have lost my migration card?

A foreign citizen who has lost his/her migration card cannot stay in Russia longer than 3 days. A migration card must be restored.

Please note that the process can take from 5 to 14 days.

Step 1

Apply for a certificate of loss (“spravka ob utere dokumenta”/ «справка об утере документа» in Russian) at any nearest police station.

Step 2

Get a certificate of loss.

Step 3

Submit all required documents (passport, registration and certificate of loss from the police) to the regional Migration Office where your registration was made.

Step 4

Get a duplicate of your migration card.

What I should do if I have lost my registration slip (but still have my migration card)?

Step 1

You will need your passport, a copy of your passport, your migration card and its copy for restoring your registration slip.

Step 2

Please submit these documents to the place where you were registered (to the passport officer, if you are staying in a dormitory/HSE guesthouse or to the local territorial body of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, if you are staying in a rented apartment).

Step 3

Collect a duplicate of your registration slip (from the passport officer in your dormitory or at the local territorial body of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, if you staying in a rented apartment).

Do I need to register if I have a temporary residence permit or a residence permit?

If you have a temporary residence permit/residence permit issued in Moscow, you don’t need to register again.

If you have a temporary residence permit/residence permit issued in the Moscow Region or another Russian city, you still need to register! Registration can cover up to one year.

Should there be a stamp in my migration card certifying my extended registration?

1. If you don’t have a Russian visa (visa - free entry), there will be a stamp in your migration card.

2. Visa students do not receive a stamp in their migration card, as they already have  valid visas.

Do I need to register again if I get a duplicate of my migration card?

Yes, you do! This is a standard procedure – once you have a new migration card, you must get a new registration at place of residence within 3 days.

What should I do if the Migration Office cannot find any information on me in their database?

If you discover that the Migration Office has no information on you in their database:

 Please leave a scanned cope and a request at place of residence - by the passport officer in your dormitory, by the local territorial body, if you rent an appartment. 

 

How can I extend my registration if I’ve just graduated?

Graduates must request a certificate from their Programme Office to extend their summer holidays. 

What will happen if I violate migration rules?

Please note that Russian law stipulates a 7,000 - ruble fine for violations of migration laws. Also, a foreign national may also be deported from Russia based on a court decision.

Other

Can HSE issue invitations my relatives?

No, HSE cannot do this.

What should I do if I have changed my last name or if my passport has expired or has been lost?

Visa - free students must renew their passports. You will receive your new registration once you have a new passport.

Visa students must renew their passports and submit the documents required for visa extension again in order to have their visa reissued for new passport. This must be done within 30 days after you get your new passport.

Where is the nearest police station?

The nearest police station is at 33 Novaya Basmannaya Ulitsa (Новая Басманная улица, д.33).

International faculty

How can I reissue my current visa for my new passport?

If your passport has expired or is damaged, and a new one is being issued by your embassy, your old passport must be cancelled. Within 30 days following the receipt of your new passport, you must submit the documents required for visa extension again in order to have your visa reissued for the new passport.

Within 2 days following the receipt of your new passport, you must send a scanned copy of it to the HSE’s HR Office (please contact Yulia Mezenceva (ymezenceva@hse.ru) . Russian law stipulates fines for violations of registration laws. Please note that a foreign national may also be deported from Russia based on a court decision.

You must visit our centre during 1 month after the new passport was issued. Please bring:


- the original of the old passport,

- the original of new passport,

- a photo (3,5 X 4,5 cm),

- a fee receipt for 1600 rub.  (you can receive the requisites after mailing to visa-registration@hse.ru).

You need the original of your new passport only when you submit it for getting your visa from the main police office in Moscow.

Please note that this process takes some time and can't be done immediately after the submission.

May I invite my relatives?

The HR office can make an invitation only for the close members of the family (wife/husband, children). For making an invitation for parents/other relatives a specialist can submit a request personally in the police office of the Basmanniy district.

The international specialists with sci-tech. and work visas request invitations for their family when obtaining visa invitations (please note that additional documents are required).

How long will it take to have my visa extended?

Visa extension takes not less than 14 working days. Please, submit documents 25 days prior to the expiry date of your current visa.

When will my registration upon arrival be ready?

The registration upon arrival will be ready approximately in 3 working days.

Do I need to get another registration if I travel to other Russian cities?

If you stay for more than 7 working days in any other Russian city, you must get a local registration. Upon returning to Moscow, you need to register again by submitting the local registration slip from the city you visited. To learn more please visit this page.

Do I need to register if I have a temporary residence permit or a residence permit?

If you have a temporary residence permit/residence permit issued in Moscow, you don’t need to register again.

If you have a temporary residence permit/residence permit issued in the Moscow Region or another Russian city, you still need to register! Registration can cover up to one year.

Do I need to register again if I get a duplicate of my migration card?

Yes, you do! This is a standard procedure – once you have a new migration card, you must get a new registration at place of residence within 3 days.

What will happen if I violate migration rules?

Please note that Russian law stipulates a 7,000 - ruble fine for violations of migration laws. Also, a foreign national may also be deported from Russia based on a court decision.

What should I do if I have changed my last name or if my passport has expired or has been lost?

Visa - free citizens must renew their passports. You will receive your new registration once you have a new passport.

Visa citizens must renew their passports and submit the documents required for visa extension again in order to have their visa reissued for new passport. This must be done within 30 days after you get your new passport.

What should I do if I have lost my migration card?

A foreign citizen who has lost his/her migration card cannot stay in Russia longer than 3 days. A migration card must be restored.

Please note that the process can take from 5 to 14 days.

Step 1

Apply for a certificate of loss (“spravka ob utere dokumenta”/ «справка об утере документа» in Russian) at any nearest police station.

Step 2

Get a certificate of loss.

Step 3

Submit all required documents (passport, registration and certificate of loss from the police) to the regional Migration Office where your registration was made.

Step 4

Get a duplicate of your migration card.

What I should do if I have lost my registration slip (but still have my migration card)?

Step 1

You will need your passport, a copy of your passport, your migration card and its copy for restoring your registration slip.

Step 2

Please submit these documents to the place where you were registered (to the passport officer, if you are staying in a dormitory/HSE guesthouse or to the local territorial body of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, if you are staying in a rented apartment).

Step 3

Collect a duplicate of your registration slip (from the passport officer in your dormitory or at the local territorial body of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, if you staying in a rented apartment).

 


 

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