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Registration is an official confirmation of the right of a foreign citizen to stay in Russia for a certain period of time. Students must submit their passport and migration card to the IRLC within three working days from the date of their arrival in Moscow, in order to validate their registration and multiple entry visa by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The registration charges are paid in full by the applicant.

The registration and visa are only valid for the period of study (maximum one academic year). Should the period of study be extended, the registration can be extended accordingly. In case of withdrawal from the programme prior to the end of the agreed period of study, the registration becomes invalid.

The regulations and procedures dealing with visas and registration are established by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs.