To Apply for a Russian Student Visa
- Full information on Russian visa requirements for British citizens can be obtained from the Russian Visa Application Centre website. As for other countries it is not hard to find the similar centres on the Internet, anyway, please, look through the information below.
- Applications must first be made online to the Russian Visa Application Centre in your country. A printed copy of the online application should then be submitted separately either by post or in person together with all necessary documents and payment. Do not complete the online application until you have assembled all the necessary documentation. If you wish, you can of course use a suitable travel agency to submit your printed application and documents to the Russia Visa Application Centre. Your fellow students, who have previously studied in Russia, may be able to recommend an agency. One such agency in Britain is Scott's Visa Services, 141 Whitfield Street, London, WIT 5EW. Telephone number: 020 7554 3717.
- Students should complete the student visa online application form. Apply for a SINGLE ENTRY STUDENT VISA for the period stated on the official invitation from the Yaroslavl authorities, which is 90 days (see below for more information).
- Once you have arrived in Russia and are registered in Yaroslavl (YRLC will register you don't worry), YRLC will extend your three month visa to a multi-entry visa if your study period is for more then three months. This visa will last until the end of your study in Yaroslavl. It will allow you to leave The Russian Federation and re-enter at a time of your choice if necessary (e.g. To go on holiday, or visit home).
- YRLC will obtain the official invitation letter for you from the local Yaroslavl authorities. You should send a copy of the relevant page in your (applicant's) passport which gives the details of the passport holder. This can be sent by e-mail or by fax (see contact us for details). YRLC will forward the official "invitation" to the student by express courier service (i.e. DHL or Fed Express). It normally takes about 4-5 weeks for YRLC to obtain the invitation after receiving the passport holder's details. Details of fees for the invitation and the cost of forwarding the official "invitation" to your country can be found here.
- Students should note the requirement to submit an HIV Test (AIDS) certificate with their visa application. This is obtained by having a negative HIV test at your local doctor's surgery. Details of the period of validity of the HIV test certificate can be found on the Russian Visa Centre website. On receipt of the negative result you will receive a results page. It is necessary to then request a letter written by your doctor saying you are HIV negative. This serves as the certificate. It is necessary to send both the results page and the letter from your doctor off with your visa application. It is important to note that these should only be obtained shortly before submitting the visa application, as the Russian Visa Application Centre will only accept a certificate taken in the last three months.
- In addition, on entering the The Russian Federation, it is also necessary to have a HIV negative certificate with you. This certificate, however, should be obtained no more than ONE month before your travel, unlike the HIV certificate for your visa application. Therefore unless you time things exactly right you will need to acquire two HIV certificates.
Summary of necessary documents for your visa application
If you are a University student:
- Visa Invitation Letter form YRLC.
- a covering Letter from your University (or other education establishment) stating that you are studying the Russian Language and are travelling to the YRLC for further study also giving your financial status
- Cheque covering payment.
- HIV certificate and results page ...... If you are in doubt contact the Visa Application Centre about this.
If you are an Individual student you should also obtain together with the official invitation a statement (spravka) stating your intended study arrangements at YRLC, which we will provide and the details of your personal finances if you are travelling separately from an Educational Institution. Passport, Cheque covering payment, HIV certificate and results page, ...... If you are in doubt contact the Visa Application Centre about this.
Students studying abroad
Students studying more then one language may find that in the period running up to their departure date for Russia they may be studying in France, Germany, and Spain or even further afield.
At the time of applying for their Russian Visa they will probably have to obtain their HIV certificate in that country in view of the limited validity of the HIV certificate. For British citizens it should be in English or accompanied by a translation into English if in another language (see the requirements of the Russian Visa Centre in your country).
These students can still of course complete their Visa Application Form online with the Russian Visa Application Centre, but they will need some help from their parents or friends in submitting their printed copy of the form and other documents (passport, invitation, statement letter, HIV certificate) to the Visa Centre in London or in other capital city. Some students have done this by sending all these documents to their parents from abroad. Who then sent them to the Russian Visa Centre together with the pre-paid envelope from the Post Office, which they addressed to their home address (i.e. parents). The parents then forwarded the passport completed with visa by a "secure" delivery to the student abroad (see Andrea Smith's article about her experience).
The address of the London Visa Centre:
15-17 Gee Street
Please click here for more information about visa application requirements, types, terms and fees.
NOTE: Due to recent legislation, the Russian Visa application form must be completed in electronic format (click here), printed off, and signed.