Migration Card and Registration

Migration Card

Upon entry to Russia you will be given a migration card, which is usually distributed to passengers on in­coming flights while passing through a passport control and available at arrival points in Russia.

For details please check up Step 2 on this page.

How do I complete a migration card?

Fill out two identical sections (A and B) of the migration card. The card should be completed using an ink pen without blots or corrections in Russian or English block letters according to your travel document data. Indicate gender in the corresponding column with an "X". Please be sure to indicate the inviting party and the duration of the stay as stated on your current visa.

What should be done with a migration card?

The migration card and passport with visa are handed over to a migration control officer for checking and fur­ther endorsement. Section A is taken by the migration of­ficial and section В is given back to you. The stamp date is considered the first day of your stay in Russia. Make sure that it is legible. A migration card must be carefully kept throughout the duration of your stay in Russia and is given back upon departure. A new migration card must be filled out each time a for­eign national enters Russia.

What happens if I lose my migration card?

You should inform your coordinator and follow the procedure outlined at the Visa and Registration website within 1-2 days of the loss of migration card. We advise you to keep copies of your migration card, passport, visa and registration coupon in your files in addition to the originals. After your migration card is re-issued, please mind that you should apply for registration (see below).


As a foreign citizen, you must be registered by the General Administration for Migration of the Interior Ministry of Russia  upon arriving in Russia. This registration is proof of your legal stay in Russia, and foreign nationals must show confirmation of their registration together with their passport and migration card to police officers when asked. Please forward your questions on the registration issues to the HSE Visa and Registration Centre. Please note that the University doesn’t provide registration for Russian citizens.

How quickly do I need to be registered?

Category of foreign nationals

Deadline for registration upon arrival at the place of employment

Deadline for registration in case of business trips or vacation in Russia


7 business days, except for citizens of Ukraine (up to 90 days), citizens of Belarus and Kazakhstan (up to 30 days) and citizens of Tajikistan (up to 15 days)


This category includes employees who arrive in Russia with an HQS visa or who have converted their visas to HQS visas while in Russia.

If the stay of the HQS visa holder is more than 90 days, he or she must register within 7 business days after the expiry of the 90-day period.

Note: As registration is still needed for some formalities (obtaining a bank card, a health insurance policy, etc.) we kindly request that HQS status holders submit the documents for registration within 3 business days of their first arrival in Russia.

If the stay of the HQS visa holder is more than 30 days, he or she must register within 7 business days after the expiry of the 30-day period. 

Other visas

7 business days

7 business days

Important Notes about Registration

  • If you checked-in at a hotel and then checked out, please remember to register at your actual place of stay within 3 business days;
  • If in another city you are staying in a rented apartment/with friends and the flat’s owner does not provide you with registration, you will not need to get re-registered upon returning to Moscow;
  • If in another city you are staying at a hotel, the hotel’s administration will register you automatically – please remember to obtain a registration slip from the hotel. You will have 30 calendar days to re-register at your actual place of stay upon returning to Moscow.
  • Each time you leave the country, your registration is cancelled.
  • Upon return to Russia – you must register again.