Student Visas

Student Visas

Student Visas

Study visa covers long-term and short term studies and training in Russia

To enter the Russian Federation, foreigners must have valid visas. These can be obtained by submitting completed visa application form. Please, carefully fill in the visa information in the application form and follow all other requirements when submitting your papers. When applying, please, be advised that the permission to enter the Russian Federation is a courtesy of the State. Consular officer reserves the right to invite the applicant to be interviewed in person.

You can apply for visa personally or by post. Our postal address: PO Box 17 262, Karori, Wellington, New Zealand. When mailing your application along with all required documents a self-addressed pre-paid return envelope should be enclosed. Otherwise, your visa will not be processed. To avoid your correspondence being lost in mail, we recommend using Courier Post Services. Please note that we forward back prepaid Courier Post and NZ Couriers envelopes only.

The Consulate will not be responsible for any loss or mishandling of the mail by the Postal Service or any other delivery agent.

To obtain a student visa you should submit to the Consular section:

1. Filled in on-line (please see, then printed out and signed application form, one per person. While filling in the form (and not planning visiting the Consular Section in person but sending the application by post) please put a rough date you expect your courier bag would be delivered to the Embassy into the field “Date of the visit to consulate or visa center” of your appointment details questionary.

2. Valid National passport with at least 2 blank pages for visas. The passport should be submitted in original only and should be valid for at least six months after visa's expiration date stated in the invitation.

3. One professional passport sized (3,5 x 4,5 sm) photo on a white background. The picture should be done on black-and-white or color matt or gloss paper. Please, be aware that your photo should be neatly cut out and glued to the specially marked place of the application form.

4. Document proving the purpose of the visit: original letter of invitation issued by an appropriate Russian Federal Migration Service branch or regional office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation only. The copies of the invitations are not accepted.

5. Your current diploma or educational certificate, certified by the State or Federal authorities.

6. A confirmation of the payment arrangement directly from the University, Institute or College, you are going to study at.

7. Official hospital HIV (AIDS) Test Certificate taken in last three months.

Should the Consulate wish to contact you, please state clearly your contact telephone number (office and after hours) in the application form.

Apart from business visa, you may be required to present at the border check point your invitation from a Russian host organization, as well as evidence of your ability to support yourself during the travel.

ATTENTION! Please follow the above requirements when submitting your papers. Otherwise, the documents will be returned. All documents must be submitted at once. Uncompleted sets will be returned to the applicants without processing.

Single-entry visa (Однократная) is valid for one visit to Russia with the specified dates of arrival and departure. (Work and Student visas may be prolonged in Russia)


Student Visa is issued for a period of no longer than 90 days and is valid for single entry only.


(10 working days processing)

(3 working days processing)

(not longer than 90 days)

$ 125

$ 250

We will charge a full payment (subject to the visa type) for re-issuing a visa, if we are not responsible for the mistakes in it, otherwise the visa will be re-issued free of charge.

Visa processing fees received from the applicant are not subject for reimbursement in case of subsequent refusal.

A visa does not guarantee entry into the Russian Federation. As in other countries, the decision to allow entry is taken by the immigration officials. Therefore, the visa holder should carry with him/her, for possible presentation, the same evidence that was submitted to the consular officer in support of the visa.

Payments are to be made by NZ post money orders or bank cheques written out in the name of the Embassy of the Russian Federation ((please note that we can not accept personal cheques as a mode of payment) ). We also don't accept cash as a mode of payment.

Visa processing time starts only after the Consulate has received all necessary documents. Please note, that drop-off day is not counted as a working day. If you apply by mail, please enclose a return self-addressed Courier envelope and add one more day for processing. After you receive your visa, please check it for possible mistakes (passport number, date of birth, term of validity etc.) and, if necessary, return it to us for corrections. The Consulate will not be responsible for the mistakes, which were not brought to its attention before your departure from New Zealand.

ATTENTION! There are additional requirements for non-New Zealand citizens (permit to study, work in NZ for more than 90 days, residentship, etc.)

Australian citizens (except of those of dual citizenship or being permanent residents in NZ) are welcomed to submit their applications to the Russian diplomatic and consular missions in Australia: Russian Consulate-General in Sydney and Consular Section of the Russian Embassy in Canberra.

Citizens of the Russian Federation regardless of any other citizenship they have must travel to Russia on valid Russian documents only.

We do NOT issue visas for the other States of the former USSR.

Our main task is to process the visa applications. We are not always able to answer your individual requests by phone. Therefore, you are kindly advised to send your enquires to the Consulate by e-mail: or fax (04) 476-38-43