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Regulations of stay in Russia (int-l students)

The matters of arrival and residence of the foreign nationals on the territory of Russian Federation in Moscow State Mining University are regulated by the Department of Foreign Students of the University.





To obtain a visa a foreign national must apply to a diplomatic or consular mission of Russian Federation personally or through his duly authorized representative and submit the following documents:


  • main document identifying the foreign citizen or the stateless person,
  • completed visa application with one photo
  • photo 3 × 4 cm
  • medical insurance policy, unless otherwise stipulated by the international agreements of the Russian Federation
  • if the foreign national applies for an over three months period visa, he must additionally submit an HIV infection certificate


Based on invitations executed by Federal Department of Foreign Students offices, ordinary visas of following kinds are issued:


  • private;
  • business;
  • humanitarian;
  • student;
  • working.


To obtain “Student Visa” applicants should receive from the University an official “Entrance Invitation to Russian Federation” issued by the Moscow and Moscow  region Federal Migration Service.


Student visa contains the following data:


  • family name and given name (in Roman and Cyrillic characters),
  • date of birth,
  • gender, nationality (citizenship),
  • document number (main document identifying the foreign citizen or the stateless person),
  • visa issuance date,
  • allowed duration of stay in the Russian Federation,
  • invitation number,
  • validity period of the visa (it should correspond to the “Entrance Invitation to Russian Federation”),
  • purpose of the trip “education”, “post-graduate study”, “internship”, “courses”, “training”,
  • name of the University (for example Moscow State Mining University)
  • data about the inviting organization,
  • number of entries (one entry, two entries, multiple entries)
  • a student must enter (arrive) the University according to the deadlines specified in the Invitation letter to study at MSMU , and committed not less than 10 days before visa expiry


An ordinary Student visa is issued for up to one year period to foreign national entering the Russian Federation in order to study at an educational institution.


Attention! Entrants who apply for a “tourist visa” has no right to study and register in MSMU !





When crossing the borders of the Russian Federation one have to get and to fill in a migration card.


Migration card forms are issued to foreign nationals who enter the Russian Federation by:


  • crew members of aircraft, sea or river vessel – while travelling by air (sea, river);
  • train crew members – while travelling by train;
  • drivers – while travelling public road transport (buses);
  • Officials customs control – while travelling by personal (private) transport or on foot.


It is allowed to fill in migration card forms directly in the arrival halls of airports (sea and river ports, auto transition) before the border control.


Arrival and Departure parts of the Migration Card (coupons “A” and “B”) should be filled in clearly, without blots and corrections by black, blue or purple pen personally by the holder of the document that gives the right to arrive and stay on territory of the Russian Federation.


In case foreign national does not know Russian, it is allowed to fill in the information about himself in Roman letters according to the data of his passport or other document, proving his identity.


  • The Border Control Officer at the entrance to the Russian Federation takes the comleted Arrival part of the Migration Card (coupon “A”) with entry marks.
  • Foreign national keep completed Departure part of the Migration Card (coupons “B”) with marks of entry during the period of his stay on the territory of the Russian Federation and submit it to the Border Control Officer while passing departure passport control procedure.


On arrival in Russia it is necessary to register and get notification form of the arrival of a foreign national in the place of residence within 3 business days.


Foreign national can do these procedures in MSMU  Migration Service. In case he do it himself with the help of his relatives residing in Russian Federation he is obliged to report about his registration and getting notification form of the arrival within 7 days and submit notification form toMSMU  Migration Service.


In case of a late migration registration penalty is charged (penalty is from 2000 roubles).



WHILE STAYING ON THE TERRITORY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, a student is obliged to watch his documents and comply with all the rules of a foreign national staying on the territory of Russia.


  • In case of a damage or a loss of a passport, migration card or notification form a foreign national is obliged to notify MSMU  Department of Foreign Students within 3 days.
  • 20 days before the end of the migration registration and the previous visa student is obliged to issue or prolong multiple visa at the Department of Foreign Students of the University.
  • If the foreign national has violated the rules of migration registration control (e.g. applied to prolong migration registration and issue a new visa in the last day or later), he will leave to his homeland upon the court decision by transit visa with the payment of an administrative penalty of 2000 – 5000 roubles or he will banished from the Russian Federation without the right to enter the territory of Russian Federation for 5 years.
  • If a student has left the Russian Federation on vacation or visited another city in Russia, he obliged to inform MSMU  Department of Foreign Students and issue a new migration registration within 3 days.
  • If a student has visited a hotel in Moscow or in other Russian citiy, and he gave his passport at the reception, he is obliged to inform MSMU  Department of Foreign Students and issue a new migration registration within 3 days.
  • Accommodation is possible in the University dormitories as well as by private addresses (if there is the lease of a residental space). The migration registration is made only by Department of Foreign Students of the University anyway.





After graduation the student must go home.


  • After successful graduation (depending on the duration of the visa) student is eligible to leave by his multiple entry visa.
  • If the student is dismissed from the University for academic failure, breach of contract, etc. the student is issued a transit visa on the ticket, which the he should buy. Departure should be made within 10 days.


If the student doesn’t leave country without valid reasons the student’ migration registration will be shortened and he would be considered deviating from leaving the Russian Federation which is punishable according to the law of the Russian Federation.