Russian Visas for Foreigners
Any division of the HSE can invite a foreigner (specialist, intern, or student). The visa invitation for entry into the Russian Federation can be submitted through the following outlets:
- Moscow office of the Federal Migration Service
- HSE – for the EU citizens (except the UK and Ireland) and for several categories of foreigners from the U.S., Japan, India and China. IMPORTANT: this does not apply to student or work visas. Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on issuing a visa invitation with a letter from the HSE.
Visa support invitations can be made for various lengths of time and for different purposes. The length of time and purpose of entry outlined in the visa support invitation must correspond to the foreigner’s actual period of stay and type of activity while in Russia or at the HSE. If a foreigner or stateless person violates Russian migration law – including the timeframe or purpose of a foreigner or stateless person’s stay in the country – an administrative fine of 2,000-5,000 rubles will be incurred with possible administrative deportation from Russia. (Part 2, article 18.8 of the Russian Code Of Administrative Offences)
Please also note that it is necessary to avoid tourist visas in preparing invitations for short-term programmes (summer schools, the summer university, etc.). HSE’s Visa and Registrarion Unit cannot register tourist visas under current migration legislation, even if participants stay in HSE dormitories, moreover the purpose of stay in Russia does not correspond the activities.
Applications for visa support invitations can be submitted to the Visa and Registration Unit to receive or extend the types of visas mentioned in the table. The foreigner is responsible for paying the visa extension fee (starting February 6, 2017), which is 1,600 rubles. The foreigner can request a payment invoice by writing to email@example.com
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