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In accordance with Russian visa laws, all foreigners must complete special migration cards upon arrival. You will be able to obtain this card when you cross the Russian border.
Your migration card will include personal information, how long you’ll be in Russia, the purpose of your visit and where you plan to live. You must present this card to the university so that we can fill out the migration paperwork. It’s illegal to stay in Russia for more than three days without registering your visa at your place of residence, so it’s imperative that you have the full name and address of the company that provided your invitation when you arrive. You can find this information in your visa support documentation, and we encourage all visitors to write this information down for future reference.
Russian Study Visa
If you’ve been accepted and plan to study in Russia for exchange or education (which includes full- or part-time study, language courses, individual language or research training), then you’re eligible to a Russian study visa. If you’ve accepted admission to KSMU and plan to attend, you must submit all required documentation to KSMU and the Centre of International Education and Cooperation (CIEC) will take care of the paperwork (read more). Once you’ve submitted everything, CIEC of KSMU will submit everything to Russian immigration and have your student invitation form ready in 2-6 weeks to send to you through the mail or by fax. As this invitation form proves the purpose of your visit and plans to study in Russia, you will need this invitation form to get your study visa stamped at the Russian Embassy/Consulate.
With the KSMU’s invitation, you can extend your study visa for the duration of study. This can be done by applying for and obtaining a single-entry study visa, which can be renewed for the duration of study upon arriving in Kazan.
You are required to apply for the correct visa in your country before coming to Russia; KMSU is only responsible for your visa invitation.
In accordance with Russian law, foreign passports (regardless of visa type) are subject to registration. You must register your Russian visa within 72 hours of when you arrive. This does not include weekends or holidays; if you arrive on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, you must register your visa the first working day after you arrive.
At some point during your first three days in Russia, you must bring your passport, visa and migration card to the Center of International Education and Cooperation (CIEC) of Kazan State Medical University. After, the KSMU Admissions Office will assist those who came to Russia on a student visa obtained through a KSMU invitation with passport registration in the Department of Internal Affairs.
Depending on where you are staying, you’ll be able to have your visa registered. Hotels will do this for a small fee, and if you’re staying at a private apartment, your landlord must register your visa. Landlords must fill out a notification form indicating your passport and migration card information at their local police department (in Moscow) or FMS office (also known at OVIR) in other cities. The notification form can also be sent by the landlord through registered mail to the address of the local police precinct or FMS office.
It’s imperative that you register your Russian visa, as not doing so can result in serious implications: detention by police, fines on departure, prevention of boarding the plane, etc. We strongly recommend that you come to the CIEC the day after you arrive to register your visa.