Student visa

Ordinary student visa is issued to citizens of Norway and other countries as well as persons without citizenship for an entry into the Russian Federation with a purpose of studying in an educational institution based on an invitation issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation (Russian MIA), or based on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (Russian MFA) decision.

Student visa can be single- or double-entry, valid for up to 90 days.

The subsequent visa prolongation is carried out by the MIA of the Russian Federation according to a place of stay and migration registration by the issuance of a multiple-entry visa for an enrolment contract validity period settled according to the Russian Federation educational legislation but no more than for a year for each subsequent visa

An ordinary student visa with a purpose of short-term studies, courses, internship may be issued based on a Russian educational institution request.

For the application for a common single- or multiple-entry student visa the following must be submitted:

  1. The invitation for an entry into the Russian Federation:
    1. The original of the invitation issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation;
    2. The decision of the Russian Federation Ministry of the Foreign Affairs;
    3. A request of a Russian educational institution;
  2. Passport with no less than 2 empty pages for visas, valid for 6 months from the visa expiry date;
  3. Visa application form filled in on the website, printed and signed personally by the applicant. The Russian Visa center can complete a visa application on your behalf.
  4. Colour photography 3.5 x 4.5 cm with a light background and with a clear frontal view of the full face without tinted glasses or a headwear (except for the persons who in accordance with their nationality or religious beliefs are depicted with a headwear on their passport photography). At the Russian visa center you may ask for the additional service "Express Photo";
  5. Medical insurance policy valid on the territory of Russian Federation and during the validity of the visa, except for the mutual insurance cases.
  6. A certificate of a negative HIV test of a foreign citizen in case of applying for a visa authorizing a stay longer than 3 months.
  7. If you are not a citizen of Norway, it is also necessary to submit a copy of  permanent residence on the territory of Norway or registreringsbevis from the Police.

For more information on the submission of the documents by post see section Postal service.

Important! In case of possessing two or more passports, before submitting the documents to a Russian Visa Office, please, make sure there are no valid visas in other documents.

Please note! Consulate institution reserves a right to request additional documents for visa application, invite for an interview or extend the duration of a visa processing.

For citizens of Norway and the European Union

All fees may be paid in a Visa Center. Please note we accept only payment with credit or debit card. Cash payment is not accepted.

Consideration period Consular fee Service fee(incl. VAT)
(inclusiv TVA)
Single-entry visa*
4-10 business days 880 NOK 300 NOK
1-3 business days** 1760 NOK 300 NOK
Double-entry visa*
4-10 business days 1408 NOK 300 NOK
1-3 business days** 2816 NOK 300 NOK

*The period of processing of documents from the date of delivery to the consular office are set by the Russian Consulate and vary depending on the type of invitation. In certain cases, visa processing times may be altered at the discretion of the Consulate.

** 1-4 business days in Visa Center in Kirkenes

Please note!

If you are a person without citizenship or you are not a Norway or the European Union citizen, please specify the cost of your visa by calling an operator of a call-centre.

Visa processing fees and time schedules for the citizens of other countries and persons without citizenship are calculated according to “Consular fees of the consular institutions of the Russian Federation”.

Transfer or restoration of a visa regardless of citizenship

Service fee
(incl. VAT)
310 NOK 300 NOK

Please note!

Before submitting the documents for a transfer or restoration of a visa, please consult a call-centre operator regarding the procedure, documents list and the period of a consideration.

To fill in an application form go to the website

Service for completing the electronic visa application form

Russian Visa Application Center offers additional service for completing the electronic visa application form when submitting documents to the Visa Center, or correction on behalf of the applicant (authorized representative) of the mistakes made on the application form.

Visa application form is filled on the basis of documents and information submitted by the applicant, and is signed by the applicant personally.

Visa application correction fee is charged in addition to the service fee, and is 120 NOK for each filled in page of the application form. Please ask the Operator of the Russian Visa Application Center about this service, when you apply for a visa.

Dear applicants,

We would like to inform you that at the Russian visa application centers you can use the following additional (paid) services:

Please note!

  • Acquiring of the above mentioned services does not affect the procedure for consideration of visa application and does not guarantee issuing of visa;
  • The cost for provision of services is charged in addition to the service fee;
  • All the above mentioned services are provided only at your request;
  • Please, read about all the terms of providing these services before you start the procedure.