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Visa Information

Visas

What visa do I apply for if I am joining HSE University 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 (Highly-Qualified Specialist) work visa.

Important Notes

1. Please bear in mind that you can't enter Russia prior to the first day specified in your visa (it always coincides with the first day of your work). I.e. if you accept the offer with the start day of September 01, you can come to Russia starting from that date.

2. To apply for a work visa you need to have a passport valid for no less than 18 months from the start of your work visa.

  • What is the difference between these two work visas?

    Ordinary Work Visa

    Who can apply?

    Any employee

    Type

    Single entry

    Visa duration

    Three months

    Extention

    It may be converted into a multiple-entry visa for a period up to one year. The employee does not have to leave Russia to extend the visa. The documents for visa extention must be submitted no later than 1,5 months before current visa expires.

    I will obtain the letter of invitation in about...

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

    HQS Work Visa

    Who can apply?

    An employee who meets the criteria

    Type

    Multiple entry

    Visa duration

    Up to three years

    Extention

    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 must be submitted no later than 21 working days before current visa expires. 

    I will obtain the letter of invitation in about...

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

Checklists

Ordinary work visa procedure checklist

HQS visa procedure checklist

Letter of Invitation

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

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

What do I need to provide for my child’s letter of invitation?