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The decision of studying at other country is a real and serious step and it needs thorough preparation. You’ll need to adapt to different culture and laws of other country as an international student: laws, migration registration of foreigners, health insurance, a university bylaw, dormitory rules, etc.

To help you with all these new conditions the university has International Services Center.

The International Services Center takes care of foreign students in issues related to the release of invitation, student multivisa, migration registration of foreigners and accommodation in dormitories.

Here you can download the Foreign Student Manual on the Migration Rule.


First step of getting a student visa is an invitation from a university.

A student have to complete all admission procedure to receive the invitation from the university. The invitation is issued by Russian Federal Migration and it takes up to 45 days to issue the invitation

After receiving the invitation student should prepare visa documents and apply for visa at Russian embassy/consulate.

You can clarify the list of necessary documents for student visa at Russian embassy/consulate in your country.

The first time student visa is valid only for 3 months. After arrival to Russia you should apply for multivisa.

Student multivisa

How to extend a visa?

For student visa extension you should apply to university department for work with foreign students before 45 days before expiration.

Here is the list of necessary documents:

  • A 3*4 cm matte photograph with white background
  • Student’s International passport
  • Student’s Study Contract (a copy) or an Assignment for study by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation
  • The Receipt confirming payment of the State duty (State duty for 1 year educational visa is 1 600 rubles (approximately $30)
  • Detachable section of the migration registration
  • Student’s Migration Card (the original)

Pay attention that every time after visa extension you should pass migration registration once again.

To read about the steps of getting Russian student visa visit Admission/Visa.

Migration registration of foreigners

Migration card 

The purpose of the migration card is to verify that a foreign citizen crossed the Russian border legally. Without a migration card a foreign citizen cannot stay, study or legally work in Russia. Beware that the purpose of your visit to Russia is underlined correctly: study.

You can get a free migration card form onboard any transport you cross the border or in a passport control zone at the airport or railway station.

A Migration Card is valid until you leave Russia. When returning to the country you should fill in a new Migration Card.

In case of lost or damage of migration card you should apply to the International Services Center. It’s important to apply fot a new migration card in 3 days after lost.

Here is the list of documents:

  • Student’s Passport (or any document of identification)
  • Student’s Migration Card

Migration registration

In 7 days after entering Russia foreign citizens should apply for migration registration. For this purpose you should submit necessary documents to the University after arriving.

How to extend migration registration

For extension of migration registration you should apply to the International Services Center before 30 days till it expiration.

Please pay attention that every time when you get registered at other places (hotels, hospitals, guest-houses, etc.) you have to apply for migration registration at the International Services Center once again.

You can read more about migration registration here.


INRTU offer accommodation to all foreign students with full-time education. A student should provide a medical certificate including examinations results for HIV, tuberculosis, Lepra, venereal diseases, malaria and chronic diseases and application for living in dormitory to the International Services Center.

Medical examination and fingerprinting
Any foreigner coming to Russia to study or work for 90 days or more must go through:
  • Medical examination in a certified medical center to exclude certain diseases and drug abuse. It costs about 4500 rub and is not covered by a medical insurance. It must be done once a year.
  • Fingerprinting and taking photo in the Unified Migration Center must be done only once.

When the procedure is complete, a foreigner gets a card, which he or she should bring to the Center for International Services at INRTU.

Make sure to undergo this procedure within 90 days after border crossing, otherwise you will be deported by the migration authorities!

How to get Russian citizenship


Any foreign citizen has the right to apply to the migration service with an application for a temporary residence permit (TRP).

To do this, he/she submits an application form to the territorial division of the Russian migration service in the Irkutsk region. The application is considered up to 30 days. In case of a positive answer, a foreign citizen submits a package of documents for the TRP. The list of documents varies for various countries. But the exam for the Russian language knowledge is taken by a citizen of any country. The term for application consideration is up to 4 months.

The number of temporary residence permits that can be issued during a calendar year in a particular territory of the Russian Federation is limited by a quota.

The quota is calculated annually for each region, as well as for the whole Russia.

Persons having the right to receive TRP without taking into account the quota are the persons married to a Russian citizen who has a place of residence in our country. In this case, the TRP, without taking into account the quota, is issued exclusively in the region of Russia where the place of residence of the spouse - a Russian citizen is located. The place of residence is confirmed by registration.

TRP exempts fr om the need to extend a student visa during the period of validity of the TRP. TRP is the first step to obtaining Russian citizenship.

After receiving the TRP, you can apply for a residence permit (permit).


A residence permit is a necessary step in obtaining Russian citizenship. First, a foreign citizen should obtain a temporary residence permit (TRP), then a residence permit, and only after that he/she can apply for a Russian passport.

A residence permit can be issued to a foreign citizen who has lived in the Russian Federation for at least one year on the basis of a temporary residence permit (TRP).

To obtain a residence permit, a foreign citizen must work, since he will need to confirm his income.

To obtain a residence permit, a foreign citizen takes an exam for the Russian language knowledge. An application for a residence permit is considered for 6 months. After obtaining a residence permit, it is necessary to live in the region for 5 years.

After obtaining a residence permit, a foreign citizen must:

- work in the region of the Russian Federation where he/she has got a residence permit;

- live at the place of registration;

- annually submit a salary report (at least 150 thousand rubles per year) to the department of the Russian Migration Service for the Irkutsk region.

The residence permit entitles a foreign citizen to:
  • Live in Russia and move freely around it (except for a few closed areas).
  • Arriving and leaving the country as many times as he/she likes without a visa.
  • Work without obtaining a labor patent or permit.
  • Receive medical care under compulsory medical insurance (this does not include a number of socially dangerous diseases, such as tuberculosis and HIV).
  • Receive social benefits, pensions and free education, if there is a reason.
  • Issue an invitation to enter the country for their relatives.
  • Apply for Russian citizenship.


A residence permit is the second step in obtaining Russian citizenship.

Having obtained a residence permit, a foreign citizen has the right to apply for citizenship of the Russian Federation. The application is considered for 1 year.

It is necessary to submit a package of documents along with an application for citizenship and a receipt of state duty payment:
  • Residence permit;
  • A document confirming a legal income and the amount of income for the period of residence in the region of the Russian Federation for 1 year preceding the date of application.
  • A document confirming the Russian language knowledge at a level sufficient to communicate orally and in writing in a language environment.
  • If the applicant changes his/her last name, first name or patronymic, documents certifying this change shall be provided.

To find out about work opportunities for foreign students you can here

Health insurance

All international students should have a health insurance. You can buy the health insurance at INRTU upon arriving to Russia. Cost of health insurance is about 5000-6150 RUB per year.

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