Step-by-step Russian MBBS Student Visa Process
Preparing your Russian student visa application
To apply for your Russian student visa, you need to visit the Russian embassy or consulate in your home country. A list of Russian embassies and consulates worldwide is available here (official list, in Russian) and here. You must be enrolled in any of the Russian educational institutes after qualifying all aforementioned stages and steps and then apply for the visa.
An invitation is a must for a Russian student visa. Once you pass the examination and secure your place in any of the Russian universities, you will get an invitation from the administration of that university. At Rossotrudnichestvo office, they are provided with a 6-digit code that can then be quoted by you while submitting the visa application.
The documentation that you need to submit along with your Russian student visa application form varies from country to country. You should always consult the embassy, consulate or authorized visa center before submitting your visa application but generally, you will need the following:
passport or ID, valid for at least 18 months from the issue date of your visa and with at least two blank pages, plus a photocopy of the front page.
one recent passport-sized photograph (3.5×4.5cm)
your official letter of invitation from the GUVM (it must be the original document, not a copy)
medical certificate less than three months old showing that you are clear of HIV (AIDS). You may be asked to present the certificate in both Russian and your own language and include your passport details, information on the duration of the stay in Russia, details of the HIV test (date, medication series, the official stamp of the clinic or hospital that carried out the test, signatures of the doctors and your own signature).
An application form, which can be completed online but must be printed out so you can submit a hardcopy to the embassy, consulate or visa center.
If you are under 18 years old, you must also have a consent document signed by your parents or legal guardians which has also been certified by a notary.
All foreign visitors to Russia are required to register their stay at the local GUVM branch within seven days of arrival. If you are studying in Russia, this will often be done by the university or academic establishment where you are enrolled but you should check if this is done. Failure to register with the GUVM can result in a fine and in some cases expulsion from Russia. A list of local GUVM offices can be found here.
Your initial Russian student visa will generally be valid for 90 days. After arriving in Russia, you will need to arrange a Russian student visa extension through the GUVM to cover the duration of your course, up to a maximum of three years.
Why study MBBS
Russia or the Russian Federation is a transcontinental country located in Eastern Europe with a vast expanse of territory that stretches across Northern Asia. At 17,125,200 square kilometers (6,612,100 sq mi), it is, by a considerable margin, the largest country in the world by area, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, spanning eleven time zones, and bordering 16 sovereign nations.