A study visa is required for foreigners who wish to enter Russia temporarily for study purposes.

Applications prepared using any other format will not be accepted. After filling the Electronic Visa Application form online on the website: http://visa.kdmid.ru, applicants will have to print a double sided copy of their application form, sign and date it, glue (not staple or use adhesive tape) the required size photo to it and submit this printed original form, along with other necessary documentation, to the Visa Centers of the Russian Federation in Australia personally or by post or a visa agency.

Visa documents are accepted until 12.30 p.m. only.

Our postal address:

Interlink Service Australia Pty Ltd
PO Box 482, Pyrmont NSW 2009

To obtain a visa you should submit to the Visa Center:

1. Double sided completed application form http://visa.kdmid.ru, one per person. Application form must be signed and dated.

2. One professional passport sized photo (3,5 x 4.5 cm) The photo should be glued (not stapled or attached using adhesive tape) to the specially marked place of the application form.

3. National passport (original) valid for at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from Russia. At least one page of the passport should be free from notes.

4. Original letter of invitation issued by Main Department on Migration Issues of the Ministry of Interior of the Russian Federation (former Federal Migration Service (FMS)) or by Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Every invitation must contain name in full, date of birth, citizenship and passport number of the applicant, name of hosting organization, reason and period of visit. Invitation must be signed by authorized person and carry the official seal. FAX OR SCANNED COPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

4b. The invitation of  Main Department on Migration Issues may be in electronic form. In this case THE ORIGINAL IS NOT REQUIRED and a copy can be accepted

5. Copy of itinerary (flight details).

6. Certificate of absence of HIV.

Should the Russian Visa Center wish to contact you, please state clearly in the application form your contact telephone number (office and after hours).

Single Entry Visa is valid for one visit to Russia within the specified dates of arrival and departure.

Double Entry Visa is issued for two entries (all arrival and departure dates must be indicated).

Multiple Entry Visa is issued for multiple entries. The validity period (from... until...) shown in a visa indicates only the length of time when multiple-entry visa holders may visit Russia. Please note that maximum duration of stay in Russia within this period can be no longer than 90 days. 

Visa processing time starts only after the Consulate received all necessary documents. Please note, that drop-off day is not counted as a working day. If you apply by mail, please enclose a return self-addressed Courier envelope and add one more day for processing. After you receive your visa, please check it for possible mistakes (passport number, date of birth, term of validity etc.) and, if necessary, return it to us for corrections. The Consulate will not be responsible for the mistakes, which were not brought to its attention before your departure from Australia.

ATTENTION! There are additional requirements for non-Australian citizens (permit to study, work in Australia for more than 90 days, resident permit, etc.).

Citizens of the Russian Federation, regardless of any other citizenship they have, must travel to Russia on valid Russian documents only.

Our main priority is to process the visa applications. We are not always able to answer your individual requests by phone. Therefore you may send your enquires to the Russian Visa Centers by email: canberra@interlinkservice.ru, sydney@interlinkservice.ru.

Please, carefully fill in the visa information in the application form and follow all other requirements when submitting your papers. When applying be advised that the permission to enter the Russian Federation is a courtesy of the State. Consular officer reserves the right to invite the applicant to be interviewed in person.

Visa can be denied if the Consulate has serious reasons to believe that the applicant's visit to the Russian Federation is not desirable, and the disclosure of the reason for the denial can be withheld.

The validity and type of visa should be strictly connected to the purpose of visit. When in Russia, you cannot change your visa status i.e. from tourist to business or from business to guest and vice versa. To do that, you have to leave the country and re-enter on different visa.

Photo requirements for visa application    (download)

HIV certificate (download)