How to get a visa

Participation in the Workshop for foreign citizens requires compliance with the order of entrance into Russia carried out by established rules. The order varies depending on the visa status with countries that participants come from.

  • On the first step, you need to register.

  • It is necessary to preliminarily obtain an invitation. To do this, you need to fill the form with passport information and send a copy of the passport to acm@phystech.edu with the team name specified and titled "For the invitation". The invitation will be sent to you by either mail or email (depending on your choice). Before you apply, contact the Consulate to confirm the original visa invitation is absolutely necessary or a copy will be sufficient;

  • Please mind, that getting an invitation can take from a week up to a month in case the Federal Migration Service requires an invitation;

  • Provide a full package of documents to the consular office of Russia and pay the visa application fee. The package of documents might differ depending on a consular office. However, visa application, original passport and photos are a universal requirement;

  • Be prepared that the Consulate officials may ask you to provide medical insurance for the entire duration of the trip to Russia, acquired at a local or national insurance company;


Depending on the Consulate, your visa application can take 1-2 weeks to process. Based on a personal decision of Consul, visa can be granted in 1-2 days.
The trip is organized by participants at their own expense which includes booking a ticket in order to receive information about the date of arrival which is necessary for the second registration.
Consular fee
The amount of the consular fee charged for processing visa application documents, depends on the applicant's nationality. They are determined by bilateral interstatal agreements.
For example, the citizens of Schengen countries are charged a visa fee of 35 € for processing visa application within 4-10 days and 70 euros for a minimum clearance of up to 3 days. Citizens of the United States and Canada must pay the application fee when applying for a visa at the rate of $ 140 for a 4-10 days processing time and $ 250 if they need to have their visa application considered within 3 days.