As of June 16, 2020, several changes to Russian migration law have taken effect. Below are answers to some of the frequently asked questions about visas and registration for international students who are continuing or completing their studies at HSE University.
Information on visas for newly enrolled international students will be available later. If you've applied to HSE University for 2020/21 school year, please contact International Admissions Office for updates.
If you are continuing your studies at HSE University, you need to do the following:
HSE Visa and Registration Centre is located at 11 Pokrovsky Boulevard, Moscow, Entrance 3, (from Durasovsky Pereulok). To submit the documents, please book your visit in advance by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After you receive your new visa, you must get registered at your place of residence within three working days of receiving the visa. We recommend contacting your dormitory’s passport officer or your landlord the next working day after you receive your visa, since they will have to register in advance in order to submit the documents at the Multi-Functional Centre (MFC). More information on how to receive your migration registration is available here.
After completing your studies at HSE University, foreign citizens must leave the Russian Federation. According to Russian migration law, HSE University must inform the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) about the dismissal of its international students within three days of the enrolment termination order. Foreign citizens dismissed due to graduation must leave the Russian Federation within three days after the university informs the MIA.
In in the event of a delayed departure from the Russian Federation, the foreign citizen is responsible for their stay in the Russian Federation. Violation of migration law is punishable under administrative law (which may result in a fine or administrative expulsion possibly followed by a ban on entering the Russian Federation).
Due to the current limitations on international travel, foreign citizens are advised to:
To follow the necessary requirements and the procedure of checking in the dorm, students need to contact their dorm passport officer with their documents (passport, visa [if available], migration card, and registration) to become registered at the dormitory.
In accordance with a directive from the HSE Coronavirus Prevention Task Force, if you have been absent from the dorm for longer than 48 hours and are going to return to the dorm soon, you must complete a period of self-isolation at the Voronovo Centre.
Attention! You can also get your blood checked for IgG coronavirus antibodies in advance. In case your test is positive, you can check into your dorm without completing the compulsory isolation at the Voronovo Centre.
The list of clinics offering the test is available on Mosgorzdrav website.
Before arriving and checking into the dorm, it is highly recommended to contact the dorm administration in advance and confirm the requirements that are in effect at the time, since the situation can change: for example, additional medical certificates may be required etc.
You can live in the dorm only during your studies at HSE University. After completing your studies, you must check out of the dorm and leave the Russian Federation.
Due to the current limitations on international travel, foreign citizens are advised to contact their embassy/consulate to clarify information on possible options of departure from the Russian Federation. It is also recommended to check the websites of airline companies that offer flights to the destination country for information.
You need to contact the HSE Visa and Registration Centre (email@example.com) and the manager of your programme, attaching a scanned copy of your passport and visa.
Attention! Please check your passport expiration date. The passport should be valid for at least 18 months after the start date of the new visa, and the passport should contain at least two free two-page spreads for visas and entrance/exit stamps. If your passport does not conform to these requirements, please obtain a new passport and send a scanned copy of it to your programme manager via email.
If your study visa expires before the date of your scheduled entrance in the Russian Federation:
Unfortunately, as of today, processing of invitations and study visas has been suspended. We are tracking all the changes and will provide additional notifications when visa and invitation application processing is resumed. You can get the most recent information at the HSE Visa and Registration Centre or from your programme manager.
If the limitations on invitation- and visa-processing and entry into Russia are not lifted and you cannot get a visa or enter Russia in time, HSE University will provide international students with full-credit distance learning options until they are able to come to the university.
In the current situation, it is highly recommended to buy refundable tickets with flexible dates.