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How to apply for a Russian Student Visa?

Russian student visas are issued to those that wish to enter the Russian Federation for study purposes on the basis of an invitation from the Ministry of Interior of the Russian Federation (MVD of Russia), a decision by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (MFA of Russia).

Student visas are either single-entry or double-entry, and are valid for 90 days.

The visa may be subsequently extended by the MVD of Russia at the place where the foreign national resides and is based, for migration records, by issuing a multiple-entry visa for the duration of the study contract, entered into in accordance with the educational legislation of the Russian Federation, but by not more than 1 year for each subsequent visa.

Required documents 🗂 for Study Visas in Russia:

  1. A valid passport which will be valid for at least 18 months from the issue date of the visa.
  2. An official invitation letter from your chosen university.
  3. Application form
  4. A certificate showing your HIV-negative status no older than 90days
  5. A letter of consent from your parents and certified by a notary (if you’re under 18).
  6. Photograph 3.5x4.5cm

This is the general list of documents.

Firstly you must receive a visa invitation. If you apply for study on a contract basis, the university will prepare the invitation and will send you a copy via e-mail. The process takes about 25-30 working days.

Universities can send the invitation after payment of tuition fees!