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Visa Information

Visas


What visa do I apply for if I am joining HSE as a faculty or staff member?

You need to apply for a work visa. There are currently two types of work visas available to foreign nationals who are officially employed in Russia – an ordinary work visa and a HQS work visa. For other types of Russian visas, please visit Russian Visas for Foreigners.

What is the difference between these two work visas?

 

Ordinary Work Visa

HQS Work Visa

Who can apply?

Any employee

An employee who meets the criteria for a highly qualified specialist

 

Type

 

Single entry

Multiple entry

Visa duration

Three months

 

Up to three years

Extension

It may be converted into a multiple-entry visa for a period of up to one year. The employee does not have to leave Russia to extend the visa. The documents for visa extension must be submitted no later than 1.5 months before the current visa expires.

 

It may be extended for a period of up to three years based on a new work contract. The employee does not have to leave Russia to extend the visa. The documents for visa extension must be submitted no later than 1.5 months before the current visa expires.

 

I will obtain the letter of invitation in about …

two months after I submit my documents for the letter of invitation.

three months after I submit my documents for work contract drafting.

 

Ordinary work visa procedure checklist

 

I sent my coordinator the documents required to initiate the letter of invitation.

 

I contacted the Russian Consulate where I will apply for a visa and received the list of other documents I will have to submit together with the letter of invitation.

 

I received the original letter of invitation from the university by mail.

 

I applied for an ordinary work visa at the Russian Consulate stated in my letter of invitation.  

 

HQS visa procedure checklist

 

I sent my coordinator the documents required for work contract drafting and initiating a letter of invitation and an HQS card.

 The list of documents required for a foreign specialist (DOCX, 19 Kb)

 

I contacted the Russian Consulate where I will apply for a visa and received the list of other documents I will have to submit together with the letter of invitation.

 

I received the draft of my HSE work contract by email for approval.

 

After being asked by the HR department, I signed hard copies of the work contract and sent them by express mail to the specified address.

 

I received the original letter of invitation for my HQS work visa and other documents I need to apply for a visa by mail.

 

I applied for an HQS work visa at the Russian Consulate stated in my letter of invitation.  

 

I received my visa and entered Russia. I obtained my HQS card from the Federal Migration Service.


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Letter of Invitation


What do I need to provide for a letter of invitation and an HQS card?

    • Original of the signed employment contract*
    • Copy of your passport (main page)
    • Passport-style digital image
    • Postal address where the letter can be received and contact information
    • Country and city where you will apply for a visa.
*Letter of invitation can be initiated only after the employment contract is approved and signed both by the Employer and Employee (original of the signed contract is delivered to HR Office). 

What does my spouse need to provide for a letter of invitation?

  • Copy of his or her passport (main page)
  • Notarized copy of the apostilled or legalized marriage certificate* (original)
  • Notarized translation of the apostilled or legalized marriage certificate into Russian (original)
  • Postal address where the letter can be received and contact information
  • Country and city where your spouse will apply for a visa

What do I need to provide for my child’s letter of invitation?
  • Copy of your child’s passport (main page)
  • Notarized copy of the apostilled or legalized birth certificate** (original)
  • Notarized translation of the apostilled or legalized birth certificate into Russian (original)
  • Postal address where the letter can be received and contact information
  • Country and city where your child will apply for a visa

**Documents issued by the following countries do not have to be apostilled or legalized (as of June 2014):

Republic of Azerbaijan
Republic of Albania
People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
Republic of Bulgaria
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Republic of Hungary
Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Kingdom of Spain
Republic of Cyprus
Kyrgyz Republic
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Republic of Cuba
Republic of Latvia
Republic of Lithuania
Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Moldova
Mongolia
Republic of Poland
Romania
Slovak Republic
Republic of Slovenia
Tunisian Republic
Republic of Croatia
Czech Republic
Republic of Estonia
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (or Serbia and Montenegro)

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