RULES OF STAY IN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION FOR NON-RUSSIAN CITIZENS AND STATELESS PERSONS

 

The rights and duties of non-Russian citizens and stateless persons in the Russian Federation are specified in the Constitution of the Russian Federation; Federal Law No. 115-ФЗ as of July 25, 2002 ("On the Legal Status of Non-Russian Citizens in the Russian Federation"); Federal Law No. 114-ФЗ as of August 15, 1996 ("Russian Border Crossing Act"); and Federal Law No. 109-ФЗ as of July 18, 2006 ("On the Migration Registration of Non-Russian Citizens and Stateless Persons in the Russian Federation").

In order to ensure compliance with the rules of stay in the Russian Federation prescribed by the said legal acts, non-Russian citizens who have arrived at St Petersburg University shall:

1. Apply to the SPbU Passports and Visas Department, hereinafter referred to as the PVD, either on the day of arrival or the next day. The PVD is located at 7–9 Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya, ground floor, the Mendeleevskaya Liniya entrance, phone + 7 812 326 49 44. This is required for migration registration. As to persons accommodated at the halls of residence in the Petrodvorets district of St Petersburg, they must for the same purpose apply to the office at 66 Botanicheskaya Ulitsa, building 2, hall of residence No 10, room 103, phone + 7 812 428 47 58. To be registered, all non-Russian citizens must submit the following documents: a copy of the national passport, visas, the migration card (the latter is not required from citizens of the Republic of Belarus), an application signed by an authorised official of SPbU in charge of international admissions.

2. Submit an application to the SPbU PVD to extend their period of stay at least one month (20 working days) before their current period of stay at the Russian Federation has expired. The required documents must be attached to such application. A multiple visa for the whole period of study or work shall be issued to those non-Russian citizens, who have arrived in the Russian Federation either to study or to work on the grounds of a visa, simultaneously with the extension of their period of stay at the Russian Federation. Such a multiple visa, however, may be issued for no longer than one year for each extension.

3. When going to other Russian cities, any foreign citizen registered at SPbU shall inform the appropriate authorised official of SPbU in charge of international admissions on the purpose of his/her trip, the period of time and the location.

In case he/she stays in another city for more than seven working days, such non-Russian citizen shall apply to the host party (the Russian citizen providing accommodation or the host organisation's administration) for his/her migration registration via the federal migration service authorities. During the two working days after his/her return to SPbU, such non-Russian citizen has to inform on that the appropriate authorised official of SPbU in charge of international admissions and to submit documents for the renewal of his/her migration registration in St Petersburg (in case of migration registration in another city when staying there for more than seven days or hotel accommodation at any case).

4. Before leaving the Russian Federation, such non-Russian citizen has to inform the appropriate authorised official of SPbU in charge of international admissions on the purpose and duration of his/her trip. Upon his/her return, such non-Russian citizen has, within two working days, to submit to the SPbU PVD the appropriate documents for migration registration based on a new migration card.

5. In case he/she has changed his/her place of residence within St Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast such non-Russian citizen has to inform on that, within two working days, the appropriate authorised official of SPbU in charge of international admissions, in order to be issued a new migration registration notice.

6. If any documents (the national passport, visa, migration card) are lost, such non-Russian citizen has to apply, without undue delay, to the Lost Property Office of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior of Russia (the St Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast branch) located at 10 Zakharyevskaya Ulitsa, to obtain a statement for the subsequent re-issue of these documents. If any of his/her documents are stolen, such non-Russian citizen has to apply to a local police department that will issue him/her a statement upon documents theft. The incident has to be reported to the SPbU PVD and the appropriate authorised official of SPbU in charge of international admissions.

7. A non-Russian citizen is obliged, within six months before the expiry of his/her national passport, to either renew or replace it and to submit it to the SPbU PVD.

8. Upon completion of studies or in case of early expulsion (on the grounds of academic failure, breach of contract and so on), an international student has to leave the Russian Federation within three days from his/her expulsion from SPbU.

If a non-Russian citizen does not leave the Russian Federation for a valid reason, the issue of reducing his/her length of stay shall be put up. Such non-Russian citizen will be considered exit resister, this being a violation of the migration legislation.

A non-Russian citizen violating the Russian migration legislation, including border crossing and stay at the Russian Federation, shall be held accountable pursuant to Article 18.8 of the Code of Administrative Offences. He/she shall pay an administrative fine in the amount of five to seven thousand roubles and shall be subject to administrative deportation from the Russian Federation.

 

FAQ

 

  1. Must all non-Russian citizens comply with the Russian migration registration requirements or are there any exceptions for some countries?

 

Pursuant to Clause 1 of Article 2 of the Federal Law No. 115-ФЗ as of July 25, 2002 ("On the Legal Status of Non-Russian Citizens in the Russian Federation"), a non-Russian citizen is an individual not being a national of the Russian Federation and having proofs of being a citizen (national) of a foreign state. All non-Russian citizens must comply with the Russian migration registration requirements pursuant to Federal Law No. 109-ФЗ as of July 18, 2006 ("On the Migration Registration of Non-Russian Citizens and Stateless Persons").

Citizens of the Republic of Belarus, for example, do have a special right to enter the Russian Federation without any migration card and stay in the Russian Federation for up to 30 days without registration. This is specified by the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus as of January 24, 2006 ("On the Provision of Equal Rights to Citizens of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus Concerning Unrestricted Mobility and Choice of Residence in the Countries of the Union State of Russia and Belarus").

 

  1. If a person living St Petersburg but having a permanent resident card of a Russian Federation region other than St Petersburg, where and in what manner must he/she obtain temporary registration at the place of stay?

 

Pursuant to Clause 2 of Article 20 of Federal Law No. 109-ФЗ as of July 18, 2006 ("On the Migration Registration of Non-Russian Citizens and Stateless Persons"), a non-Russian citizen permanently residing in the Russian Federation must obtain migration registration at the place of stay within seven working days from his/her arrival in the Russian Federation. The abovementioned Federal Law specifies the place of stay as either a living accommodation where such non-Russian citizen resides temporarily or an organisation which such non-Russian citizen is a member of.

That means migration registration can be obtained either at the place of actual temporary residence (for that purpose the living accommodation owner has to submit the required documents to the territorial subdivision of the migration service) or at the SPbU legal address (for that purpose the SPbU Passports and Visas Department must be applied to).

 

  1. Who must be applied to for updating your personal data kept at SPbU in accordance with the documents?

 

You can either contact the staff of the SPbU Passports and Visas Department or schedule an appointment with Yury Nikolaevich Cherenev, Head of the SPbU Passports and Visas Department, at 7–9 Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya, room 16.

 

  1. Is there an opportunity to be issued a Schengen visa via the University? (not a foreigner)

 

There is no such opportunity at SPbU.

 

  1. Which consequences a student may face if he/she failed to obtain migration registration in due time?

 

Pursuant to Article 18.8 of the Code of Administrative Offences, "any violation by a non-Russian citizen or a stateless person of either the Russian Federation entry regulations or the rules of stay (residence) in the Russian Federation, that have taken the form of either violation of the prescribed Russian Federation entry regulations, or violation of the regulations of migration registration, mobility or choice of residence, transit through the Russian Federation, or failure to report his/her Russian Federation residence confirmation in cases specified by the federal law shall invoke an administrative fine in the amount of five to seven thousand roubles and shall be subject to administrative deportation from the Russian Federation.

Cases concerning administrative offences committed by non-Russian citizens are considered through legal action.

 

  1. How many days may a student without registration stay in the Russian Federation?

 

The procedure and time frames of migration registration for non-Russian citizens are specified by Federal Law No. 109-ФЗ as of July 18, 2006 ("On the Migration Registration of Non-Russian Citizens and Stateless Persons in the Russian Federation").

Pursuant to Article 20 thereof, a notification of the arrival of a non-Russian at the place of stay shall be submitted to the appropriate migration registration body no later than seven working days from the day of his/her arrival, unless otherwise provided by an international treaty of the Russian Federation.

Other dates are currently set up by the following international treaties:

- the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan as of June 07, 2012 ("On the Procedure of the Russian Federation Citizens' Stay in the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Kazakhstan Citizens' Stay in the Russian Federation"). Pursuant thereto, "citizens of one Party temporarily residing in the other Party's territory shall be exempt from registration duties (migration registration at the place of stay) at the competent bodies of the Party of stay within 30 days... from the date of such citizen's arrival in the other Party's territory confirmed by a migration card marked in the appropriate order by the border control authorities when the citizen has entered the Party of stay".

- the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus as of January 24, 2006 ("On the Provision of Equal Rights to Citizens of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus Concerning Unrestricted Mobility and Choice of Residence in the Countries of the Union State of Russia and Belarus"). Pursuant thereto, "citizens of one Party having arrived in the territory of the other Party shall be exempt from registration at the competent bodies at the place of stay within 30 days from the entry date. No migration card is required for entry.

- the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tajikistan as of February 08, 2013 ("On the Procedure of the Republic of Tajikistan Citizens' Stay in the Russian Federation"). Pursuant thereto, citizens of the Republic of Tajikistan temporarily residing in the Russian Federation shall be exempt from registration duties at the place of stay) at the competent bodies of the Russian Federation within 15 days.

- the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Armenia as of July 11, 2014 ("On the Procedure of the Russian Federation Citizens' Stay in the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Armenia Citizens' Stay in the Russian Federation"). Pursuant thereto, citizens of one Party temporarily residing in the other Party's territory shall be exempt from registration duties (migration registration at the place of stay) at the competent bodies of the country within 30 days.

- the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Kyrgyz Republic as of June 19, 2015 ("On the Procedure of the Russian Federation Citizens' Stay in the Kyrgyz Republic and the Kyrgyz Republic Citizens' Stay in the Russian Federation"). Pursuant thereto, citizens of one Party temporarily residing in the other Party's territory shall be exempt from registration duties (migration registration at the place of stay) at the competent bodies of the Party of stay within 30 days.

 

  1. Can an international student obtain employment in the Russian Federation during his/her period of study?

 

Pursuant to Article 13.4 of the Federal Law No. 115-ФЗ as of July 25, 2002 (“On the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation”), an international full-time student of a main educational programme at either a state accredited Russian vocational education organisation or a state accredited Russian higher education organisation is eligible to be employed on the grounds of a work permit.

Such work permit shall be issued to a non-Russian citizen upon his/her personal application to the migration service with the required documents submitted. Such documents are listed in Clause 7 of Article 13.7 of the abovementioned Federal Law. They include, among other documents, academic transcripts of records issued by the educational organisation.

At SPbU, such transcripts are issued pursuant to Order No 2036/1 as of April 18, 2014 specifying that such application should be submitted to heads of academic departments in the appropriate fields of study.

An international student with no work permit is eligible to be employed in two cases:

- on a short-term basis during his/her vacations;

- at the educational organisation where he/she studies.

 

  1. Can the Russian visa be extended for students who have completed their bachelor studies and are planning to apply to a master programme without their leaving Russia?

 

The procedures of extension of the temporary residence period (including extension of visas) for non-Russian citizens having entered the Russian Federation for study purposes is specified in the Federal Law No. 115-ФЗ as of July 25, 2002 ("On the Legal Status of Non-Russian Citizens in the Russian Federation").

The period of stay in the Russian Federation of a non-Russian citizen having completed full-time or part-time studies at a state accredited main professional educational programme can be extended for up to thirty calendar days from the date of expulsion of this non-Russian citizen from the educational organisation on the grounds of his/her completion of the specified main professional educational programme for the purpose of this non-Russian citizen's application to study at either the same or quite another full-time/part-time educational organisation at a state accredited main professional educational programme of another level.

Either an education contract or a reference issued by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science (the government-funded quota) shall be the basis for temporary residence extension (a multiple student visa).

 

  1. May a student educated on the grounds of the Russian government-funded quota apply for citizenship?

 

Pursuant to Article 13 of Federal Law No. 62-ФЗ as of May 31, 2002 ("On the Russian Federation Citizenship"), legally capable non-Russian citizens and stateless persons who have turned 18 years old shall be entitled to apply for the Russian Federation citizenship according to the standard procedure that requires a residence permit.


 

You can consult the SPbU Passports and Visas Department on the abovementioned issues. It is located at 7–9 Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya, room 16. Head of the SPbU Passports and Visas Department is Yury Nikolaevich Cherenev, phone +7 (812) 326 49 47, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

Appendix:

1. An example of a filled-in visa application form.