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Registration and extension of permitted period of stay

IMPORTANT: providing documents for issuing of temporary registration upon arrival in Russia is being carried out in a distant mode, please find detailed information at the link.

Immigration & visa procedures lifecycle

  • Step  1:  Receiving a study visa (if needed)

    Please find detailed information on how to get a visa to Russia at the link.

  • Step  2:  Entering Russia

    Before entering Russia, make sure you have a medical insurance. In the absence of an insurance, you may not be allowed into the country or even deported.

    While crossing the border, you will receive a migration card — a small paper slip, which contains a huge meaning! It is issued always free of charge to all foreign citizens (except citizens of Belarus) arriving to Russia and validated by Port of Entry Border Control, which indicates:

    • your personal data;
    • purpose of visit (must be “Education/Учеба” for students);
    • permitted period of stay in Russia (usually up to 90 days);
    • date of entry and port of entry to Russia.

    Be sure to check data in the migration card. If you find an error in your migration card while crossing the border, contact the checkpoint officer. If you find an error in your migration card after you left the checkpoint, most likely, you will have to leave Russia.

    In case of crossing the Russian border by transit through Belarus, it is necessary to obtain a migration card in Belarus airport, before entering Russia.

  • Step  3:  Registration and extension of permitted period of stay

    Registration is a legal document issued and validated by Ministry of Internal Affairs containing information about the address of your actual stay in Russia. Extension of permitted period of stay means visa or migration card extension with subsequent registration renewal. Those who live in HSE dormitory may find the detailed info on both processes here. Those who live in private apartments or hotels may find info here.

  • Step  4:  Pass a medical examination, fingerprinting and biometric photography

    All students arriving in Russia for a long period of time are required to undergo mandatory migration procedures. Read more here.

  • Step  5:  Graduation or expulsion and leaving Russia

    If you have successfully completed your studies, you need to leave Russia no later than the visa / migration card expiration date. Graduates are entitled to postgraduate leave. Contact the manager of the study office to get the postgraduate leave and extend the permitted period of stay in a timely manner.

    If you were expelled from HSE University, you must leave Russia within three business days from the date of your dismissal directive in order to avoid any problems. The Ministry of Internal Affairs may reduce your permitted period of stay in Russia.


  • Each time you travel outside of Russia, receive a new document or change your place of stay in Russia, report to the Centre for Visa & Immigration Support by mail migrationspb@hse.ru. So we can help you control the correctness of compliance with the rules and deadlines for registration.
  • Keep track of the validity terms of your documents (passport and visa, migration card, registration) on your own. When submitting documents for renewal, respect the deadlines set by Russian laws.
  • Failure to comply with the established migration rules is a violation of the Russian laws and HSE Internal Regulations. This may entail disciplinary and administrative liability in the form of a fine, expulsion from the HSE, deportation from Russia with a ban on re-entry. We ask you to pay special attention to the issues of registration and extension of the period of stay.
  • Please carefully read the Visa & Immigration Guideline for International Students of HSE University – Saint Petersburg.


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