Russian Study Visa for
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Russian Study Visa

International Student Visas in Russia

Student visas in Russia are required for students from most foreign countries. Russia is not a member state of the EU/EFTA, so the EU visa-free entry privilege does not apply for European students. Exceptions to this rule are made for members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) which includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Abkhazia, Moldova, Southern Ossetia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Students from the listed countries don't need visa to study in Russia.

You can begin your visa application once you’ve been accepted into your Russian university, up to 45 days before your planned arrival to Russia. Visa processing typically takes two to three weeks and can be done at your local Russian embassy or visa center.

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Required Documents for Study Visas in Russia

  • An official invitation letter from your chosen university or from the GUVM (Main Directorate for Migration Affairs). When will send you invitation letter well in time to apply for visa.
  • A valid passport which will be valid for at least 18 months from the issue date of the visa. and with at least two unmarked pages.
  • Application form (you can fill in the e-form here).
  • A certificate showing your HIV-negative status no older than 90 days.
  • A letter of consent from your parents and certified by a notary (if you’re under 18).
  • Photograph 3.5 x 4.5 cm (1.18 x1.57 inches).

A Russian student visa is initially valid for 90 days, with the option to extend the visa for a year, and then can be continuously renewed throughout the duration of your studies.

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