Student visa

Ordinary student visa is issued to citizens of Iran 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 Russian MIA agency 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.

Please note! If you are not an Iranian citizen please check the requirements for the visa application supporting documents, visa fee rates and processing time on the website of the Russian consular office in the country of your citizenship.

To apply for a student visa you must submit the following: :

  1. The invitation for an entry into the Russian Federation issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation; Or
  2. The Russian Federation Ministry of the Foreign Affairs decision to issue a visa; Or
  3. A written appeal addressed to the Consul General from the leadership of a Russian educational institution or a certificate of admission to the host university, academy, institute, college or school, or a student ID card, or certificate of admission to the courses that will be attended. ATTENTION! In this case, the written request should contain information about the name, surname, date of birth, citizenship, passport, the duration and purpose of the trip, the frequency of the requested visa of the invited person, and also the full name of the inviting organization, its legal and actual address should be indicated in it, name, surname, position of the person who signed the appeal, and his phone number.
  4. Passport with no less than 2 empty pages for visas, valid for 18 months from the visa expiry date;
  5. Copy of the personal particulars/photo (bio-data) page of the passport. This is the page of the passport which shows the name and date of birth, passport number, issue and expiry date, and photograph of the holder.
  6. 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.

  7. 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";
  8. Medical insurance policy valid on the territory of Russian Federation and during the validity of the visa. 
  9. For students from the second year of study - student card;
  10. Additionally For citizens under 18: 
  • copy of birth certificate (notarized and translated into Russian);
  • consent of the parent / parents to the departure of the child from the country (notarized and translated into Russian).

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 Center, 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.

Rates adn Terms

Consideration period Consular fee (for Iranian citizens) Service fee 

Single/Double Entry Visa
4-20 business days 80/128 USD 30 USD
3 business days 160/256 USD 30 USD 

Please note: 

Towards citizens of the state with which the Russian Federation has an international agreement on the amount of visa fees the relevant fees are applied.

The terms of consideration are calculated from the date of receipt of documents at the consular institution. In some cases, by decision of the consular institution, the review period may be extended or shortened. You can submit documents by mail using the postal service.

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

Completing the Russian visa application form

The application form for a Russian visa should be filled out in electronic form on the website of the Consular Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry:

At your request, we can fill out the application form for you at the visa center. This is a paid additional service worth 5$ for each page of the application form. 

A separate application form must be completed for each applicant.

If you are going to fill out the application form by yourself, we recommend you the following:

  1. Read carefully and follow the instructions and tooltips on the website.
  2. When registering a new application form, create a password consisting only of Latin letters and numbers.
  3. Write down the password and number of your application from, which will be assigned to it automatically. Take your number and password with you to the visa center. The number and password will be useful if you need to print the form or make corrections, so as not to fill out the entire form again.
  4. Name and surname spelling must strictly correspond to the data of your passport.
  5. Specify the purpose of your travel, duration of the visa and number of entries, the data of the host person or organization (name, date of birth, address) must correspond to the invitation.
  6. You can request a smaller number of entries (for example, instead of multiple or double-entry request a single-entry visa). Please inform our officer about it when submitting documents, and our officer will give you a special application form for reduction the number of entries.
  7. At the final step of completing the application form choose the place of submission of the application — Visa Application Center Interlink Services (Tehran).
  8. After filling out the application form on the website, print it out in one copy and take it to the visa center.
  9. If you do not have a printer, we can print out your application form at the price of 0.3$ per sheet.

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.