Migration Card and Registration
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.
How do I complete a migration card?
In case of entering Russia by plane, migration card will be filled by the border guard.
In case of entering Russia in other ways, 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. For further details on how to get registered please visit this page. 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.
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