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Student Invitations

The Process of Obtaining Your Student Invitation

Delivering of Your Student Invitation

Applying for Your Student Visa




Applying for an invitation is the obligatory procedure for all citizens of the countries that don`t have a free-visa regime with the Russian Federation if such citizens intend to enter Russia for purpose of studying. If a foreign citizen has a temporary residence permit or a residence permit in the Russian Federation, an invitation is not required.

For citizens of the following countries, issuing the invitation and visa is not required: Azerbaijan, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

You will need an original of your invitation to apply for one-entry visa in the nearest Consular Office of the Russian Federation abroad.


The Process of Obtaining Your Student Invitation

Issuing an invitation is the final stage of the admission process for applicants to the Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN) and the procedure of issuing an invitation may be instituted only when all the formalities regarding your acceptance of our study offer and your payment of tuition are settled. The process of issuing an invitation becomes possible when you submit an application and a high-quality copy of your passport via email to  https://enter.unn.ru/.

Your passport should be valid for at least 18 months from the date of your supposed arrival in the Russian Federation according to the invitation issued.

Invitations are issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation. After an examination of your application, the Ministry of Internal Affairs decides to give permission or dismiss your claim.

The invitation is issued within the period for about six weeks from the date of receiving an application for permission to enter the Russian Federation.

Ordering of Your Student Invitation

You will get your invitation in the electronic form (soft copy).

Electronic invitation (soft copy) is sent by the Ministry of Internal Affairs directly to the chosen Consular Office of the Russian Federation abroad. When the soft copy is ready, the University sends you via e-mail the confirmation necessary for applying to the Consular Office in order to obtain your Study visa

Applying for Your Study Visa

After receiving your Student Invitation, you may then apply at the nearest consular office of the Russian Federation in order to obtain your Study-Visa. Ordinary Single-Entry Study Visas are valid for three months and are then extended within the territory of Russia, during your course of study for a period of one year. If you are issued with a Russian visa your passport will be endorsed with a paper sticker.

When you receive the visa you should check that all the details are correct. Check in particular:

- Your personal details (name, date of birth, gender, passport number etc.)

- The start and end dates of the visa

If you notice a mistake, please contact the Visa Application Centre immediately and before you travel. If your visa is refused, please contact the International Students Office at the University immediately.

You will be able to use the visa to travel to the Russian Federation - you must arrive in Russia on or after the “valid from” date of your visa. DO NOT travel to Russia before the “valid from” date of your visa.

* Please Note: To avoid administrative errors, when filling out an application form for studying at the Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN), you should specify a certain consular office for which you are going to apply for your single-entry study visa. For a full list of consular offices, please visit the Consular Information Website.

**To be able to extend your Study Visa, it is necessary to enter the territory of Russia not later than 1.5 months before the end of study single-entry visa issued by a consular office of the Russian Federation. The Ministry of Internal Affairs can refuse to renew the visa of a foreign student in the case of the late address.