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Frequently asked questions

International Students

Visa

It takes 45 calendar days to extend your visa and registration. The cost of visa extension comes to 1,600 rubles - Registration is free of charge.

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. Visa extension costs 1,600 rubles.

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 (original + copy of ID page and visa page),
  • 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.

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.

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

It will be valid for 3 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).

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 3 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:

  • passport,
  • migration card,
  • copy of your visa (if applicable).

A registration slip covering 90 days will be issued within 4 working days. It is free of charge.

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 14 calendar 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 and registration usually takes around 30 calendar days. Visa extension costs 1,600 rubles, while visa registration is free of charge.

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.

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?

If you lose your migration card, you must receive a duplicate as soon as possible.

Please, follow the instructions:

Step 1: you must apply for a certificate of loss (“spravka ob utere dokumenta” in Russian) at any police station;

Step 2: you must submit all required documents (passport, registration and certificate of loss from the police) to the regional Migration Office:

address: 13 Tsentrosoyuzniy Pereulok (in Russian Центросоюзный переулок, д.13), working hours:

  • Monday: 9am – 6pm. (lunch break 2pm – 3pm)
  • Tuesday: 11am – 8pm. (lunch break 2pm – 3pm)
  • Wednesday: 10am – 1pm
  • Thursday: 11am – 8pm. (lunch break 2pm – 3pm)
  • Friday: 9am – 4:45pm.(lunch break 2pm – 3pm)

How to get to the Migration Office: https://yandex.ru/maps/-/CVXobD4w

Step 3: When you get a duplicate of your migration card, you must come to Visa & Registration Unit to renew your registration.

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

You must visit the Visa & Registration Unit with your passport and migration card as soon as possible.

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.

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:

1. You must contact our office by email: visa-registration@hse.ru. Please, give us the details of your situation and send a scanned copy of your registration slip (both sides).

2. We will submit a request to the Migration Office so as to remedy the situation ASAP.

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. The Visa & Registration Unit will extend your visa registration for the period shown in the certificate.

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) and Marina Urgarcheva (murgarcheva@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.

May I invite my relatives?

Highly qualified specialists can invite relatives (husband/wife, children or parents) via the HSE HR Office. Sci - Tech and work visas should request invitations for their family when obtaining visa invitations (please note that additional documents are required).


 

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