Visa Support

If you are planning to undertake a course at our university and are not a citizen of a visa free country with the Russian Federation, you are required to apply for a visa prior to your travel.

TO GET A VISA

To get a visa, a foreign national must apply to a Consular section of the Russian Federation Embassy or Consulate General personally or through an authorized representative.

There are 6 main types of Russian visas:

  • Personal
  • Business
  • Humanitarian
  • Student
  • Work
  • Transit

To obtain a student visa applicants should receive an invitation issued by the St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region Federal Migration Service and a contract of study from the University.

A student visa contains the following data:

  • Family name and given name (in Roman and Cyrillic characters)
  • Date of birth
  • Gender and citizenship
  • Number of the official document certifying the holder's identity and citizenship (passport or, for stateless persons, another type of identity card)
  • Date of visa issuance
  • Allowed duration of stay in the Russian Federation
  • Invitation number
  • Validity period of the visa (should correspond to the
  • Entrance Invitation to the Russian Federation")
  • Purpose of entry (e.g., "education", "post-graduate study", "internship", "courses", "training", scientific and technical links, youth links)
  • Inviting party (e.g., Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University)
  • Information about the inviting organization
  • Number of entries (single entry, double entry, multiple entry)
  • A student must enter (arrive to) the University according to the deadlines specified in the Invitation letter to study at SPbPU, and committed no less than 45 days before the visa expiry date.

Initially, a student visa is issued for 90 days; after that, it should be extended every year for the period of study at the University. To extend it, you must apply for the new visa no later than 45 days before the expiration date of your actual visa. Please consult with the University Visa Department.

Attention! Entrants who apply for a tourist visa DO NOT have the right to study or register at SPbPU!

COMING TO THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

When crossing the borders of the Russian Federation, one must receive and fill in a migration card. Please make sure that you indicate studying as the purpose of your visit.

Migration cards are distributed to foreign nationals who enter the Russian Federation by:

  • Crew members of aircraft, sea or river vessel for those travelling by air (sea, river)
  • Train crew members for those travelling by train
  • Drivers for those travelling by public road transport (buses)
  • Official customs control officers for those travelling by personal (private) transport or on foot

It is allowed to fill in migration cards directly in the arrival zones of airports (sea and river ports, bus stations) prior to the border control.

Each card is issued in two identical parts, of which part A is surrendered to the immigration officer upon entrance to Russia, while part B, stamped by the officer, must be kept with the passport (ID) to be presented to the Russian officials whenever the identity check is demanded. Upon Russian border crossing, the arrival/departure must be stamped on the migration card. Alternatively, the card may be surrendered upon the departure and a new one received upon subsequent arrival.

Migration cards are Russian-only. The responses to the questionnaire in it may still be completed in English in case a foreign national does not know Russian.

The Border Control Officer at the entrance to the Russian Federation takes the completed Arrival part of the migration card (coupon "A") with entry marks.

  • Foreign national must keep the completed Departure part of the Migration Card (coupons "B") with marks of entry during the period of his stay in the Russian Federation and submit it to the Border Control Officer at the departure checkpoint.

Upon arrival in Russia, it is necessary to register and obtain a notification form of the arrival of a foreign national in the place of residence within 3 business days following the date of arrival.

Foreign students can register at the University Visa Department. Residents of the dormitories should do it within 3 business days after arrival. Those who choose to live not on campus also can register at the University Visa Department within 3 business days. The landlord of the student's rented apartment should register his/her guests and get a notification form within 7 days after the student's arrival and submit it to the University Visa Department. Please remember than even in this case you must get registered at the University Visa Department as well.

Documents necessary for the first registration at the University Visa Department:

  1. Passport 
  2. Copies of all pages of the passport 
  3. Migration card 
  4. Copy of the migration card 
  5. A 3x4 cm photo

Late migration registration or loss of a migration card is subject to fine (up to deportation in some cases).

STAYING IN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

WHILE STAYING IN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, a student is obliged to comply with all rules for foreign nationals residing in Russia.

  • In case of damage or loss of the passport, migration card or notification form, a foreign national is obliged to notify the University Visa Department as soon as he/she identifies the loss.
  • 45 days prior to the expiration date of the migration registration and the current visa, the student is obliged to extend his/her multiple visa at the University Visa Department.
  • According to the Russian law, if the period before expiration of the actual visa is less than required by the Federal Migration Service regulations, the applicant must provide a document confirming your inability to apply timely. Eligible reasons for late submitting are: state of health confirmed by an official medical certificate; loss of the official document certifying your identity and citizenship; if the validity of the visa is less than 45 days.
  • If a foreign national violated the rules of migration registration (e.g. applied for extension of his/her migration registration and issuance of a new visa on the expiration date or later), the foreign national would be subject for deportation to his/her home country upon a court verdict. In such case, a transit visa will be issued to him/her after the payment of an administrative penalty of 5000 - 7000 rubles, or the foreign national will be banished from the Russian Federation and denied entry to Russia for 5 years.
  • If a student leaves the Russian Federation for a short period (e.g., vacation) or visits another city in Russia, the student is obliged to inform the University Visa Department and apply for a new migration registration the next day after his/her return. Any new registration, e.g., at a hotel, hospital, where he/she is checked-in, de-facto cancels his/her registration at SPbPU and it should be renewed.
  • If a student stays in a hotel in St. Petersburg or another Russian city or in hospital and is checked-in, the student is obliged to inform the University Visa Department and apply for a new migration registration within 3 days.
  • Accommodation for students is permitted at both the University dormitories and private residencies leased. If you choose to stay not at the dormitory, please make sure that you get your primary registration at that address within 7 days upon arrival. After that, please, do not forget to bring your registration form to the University Visa Department.

List of the documents necessary for visa extension:

For self-funded students For government-sponsored students
  1. Passport
  2. Copies of all passport pages
  3. Migration card
  4. Copy of the migration card
  5. Original registration form
  6. Medical insurance policy for a period of 1 year
  7. Lease agreement (for those who don’t live on campus)
  8. Extract from the enrolment order (office 203)
  9. Certified copy of the study contract (you should make copies by yourself and certify it at the office 203)
  10. A 3x4 cm photo
  1. Passport
  2. Copies of all passport pages
  3. Migration card
  4. Copy of the migration card
  5. Original registration form
  6. Medical insurance policy for a period of 1 year
  7. Lease agreement (for those who don’t live on campus)
  8. Extract from the enrolment order (office 203)
  9. Certified copy of the Russian Ministry of Education referral (you should make copies by yourself and certify it at the office 204)
  10. A 3x4 cm photo

Please note that visa extension takes about 4 weeks and the state duty should be paid.

DEPARTURE FROM THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

1. After graduation students return to their home countries on a transit visa.

2. If a student is dismissed from the university for:

  • Academic failure
  • Contract breach
  • Personal statement
  • Health issues, etc.

In such case, the student is issued a transit visa. The student’s registration in the Russian Federation will be shortened on the basis of paragraph 3 of Article 5 of the Federal Law of the Russian Federation of 25.07.2002 № 115-FZ "On the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation."

To obtain a transit visa and approval of the departure dates from the University Visa Department, the student must have a ticket to his/her home country. The transit visa is issued within no less than 15 days.

3. In case of an academic leave the student should receive a transit visa.

According to Section 3 of Article 31 of the Federal Law of the Russian Federation of 25.07.2002 № 115 - FZ "On the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation", in case of a failure to leave the Russian Federation within the specified period, the student will be deported from the Russian Federation and prohibited from entering Russia within the following 5 years.

In case of any issues please do not hesitate to come to the University Visa Department – we are here to help you.