Visa for Russia: To study in Russia you must be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or higher education institution of Russia. After meeting the entry requirements and passing the entrance examinations, your hosting Russian institution will send a formal invitation letter and other necessary documents including a visa support letter. By getting these documents you can commence your student visa process which must start at least 45 days before your study program begins in Russia.
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Visa for Russia
The student visa for Russia will have 90 days duration validity initially which you can extend later according to your study program duration after entering Russia and it is applicable for all short-term and long-term study programs. The step to step procedure for attaining a student visa for Russia is explained below:
Academic Sublimity of Russian Universities
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and the Federal Migration Service of Russia issues the invitation letter for a student visa in Russia. You will pay your tuition fee and get enrolled in the study program and your hosting Russian University will handle the invitation letter procedure. Once you receive the invitation letter it has a validity of three months, therefore your student visa documents must be ready by then.
Academic Sublimity of Russian Universities
You must visit the Russian Embassy or Consulate nearest to your area in your home country as soon as you receive an invitation letter. You will get the details of the required documents and the visa application form. The Embassy might even arrange an interview meeting before granting you a student visa for Russia. The applicant is required to appear in the Embassy in person and submit all of his/her documents by hand.
The required documents may vary from country to country. During your visit to Russian Embassy, the authorities will give you details of documents according to your country’s requirements. The documents enlisted below are generally required from all countries:
-A Valid Passport of Applicant (must have at least 18 months validity and two blank pages, a copy of your passport’s front page would also be required)
-One Passport Size Photograph of Applicant (Recently Taken). Letter of Invitation from Your Hosting Russian Institution (Original Letter not a Copy of It)
-Medical Certificate (the medical examination must be taken recently at least within 3 months before you visit Russia, the applicant must not be HIV positive, a visa of HIV positive will be denied right away, The medical certificate must contain the date of examination, doctor’s signature and your signature)
-Completely Filled out Visa Application Form. The Applicants Under 18 Years of Age Need To Provide a Consent Letter From Their Parents or Guardians
-Proof Of Finance (Bank Statement of Credit Card Statement Proving You Have Enough resources to Cover Your Study and Living Expenses If You Have Applied At Public University of Russia You Can Apply for Scholarship If You Meet Eligibility Criteria, If Granted You Can Write 6 Digit Code of Scholarship on Your Visa Application Form in Place of Bank Statement)
-Travel Ticket (Valid for one year). All the documents must be translated into the Russian language by a certified translator
Russian Visa Processing Time in Pakistan 2022
The visa processing time is usually two to five weeks and those who require the visa to be processed faster than this duration can pay an extra visa application fee. The actual visa fee depends on the country from which you are applying.
All the foreigners entering Russia are handed over an immigration form at the airport before the cross-border control. The immigration card remains with them until they leave Russia. If they leave Russia for visiting their country for a short time and then arrive back in Russia they will be given another immigration form to be filled out and kept with them until they leave the country again. Apart from filling the immigration form at border control and leaving a detachable portion of the form to them, you will also be required to register at the Russian Federal Migration Service. After registering your immigration form at the immigration department you will be issued an immigration card. For registering at the Russian Federal Migration Service, you will need the following documents:
Your student visa will have a validity of 90 days initially. After entering Russian territory on a student visa, within 7 days you will have to register at the local GUVM branch. If you fail to do so within 7 days you will be fined and in some cases, the students can be expelled from Russia. Most of the institutions handle this procedure of registering international students at the local GUVM branches themselves, but you must confirm if they have. The visa has a validity of 90 days; you will extend the visa duration according to your study program duration by applying at the local GUVM branch. The student visa can be extended for a maximum duration of 3 years.
The visa will be extended for one year at first and then to a maximum of three years. To extend it for another year, you will apply two weeks before your visa’s expiry date at the Russian Federal Migration Service. The visa arrival and registration of documents are free of charge. The international student affairs department of your hosting Russian University will assist you through this procedure. If you lose your migration card or damage it by mistake you can apply for it again by providing your passport, student card, and travel documents. For Visa Extension you will submit the following documents:
-Application form (filled)
-Recently Taken photograph
-Enrollment agreement from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation
-A letter explaining your reason for visa extension
-Migration Card (both original and copy)
-The detachable portion of the immigration form granted to you upon your arrival by border control
-Fee of visa extension (nearly RUB 1,600)
Student Visa Cost
The student visa cost is different for every country and depends on single or multiple entry visas. For Pakistani citizens, the single entry student visa cost is Rs. 11200.
The international students who want to work part-time in Russia will attain a work permit from the Federal Migration Service (FMS). Those employed part-time by their hosting university on campus or are going to work only during semester breaks do not require a work permit. The conditions of work permits for a part-time job as international students are as follows:
-You must be over 18 years of age. You must be enrolled in a full-time study program. The institution you are enrolled in must be an accredited institute’
-You will work only in the city or region of Russia where your institution is located. You can work only in that profession which is allowed on your work permit
-The work permit cost in Russia for international students on study visas is RUB 3,500 (USD 60).
-The work permit processing time is 10 days.
-If you are found to be working in Russia without a valid work permit, you will be fined an amount of RUB 7,000 and might even be deported.
-The work permit will be valid for a 1-year duration similar to your student visa; it can be extended according to your employment contract.
-The student is allowed to change jobs but always has to inform the migration office about their new job. If a student leaf quits studying in between his study course, the work permit will be canceled immediately.