Visa registration

Published by Natalia Goncharenko August 7, 2017

After the issuance of a visa, the mandatory condition is to obey the regime of stay, which means to register a visa in Russia. Disregard of this rule is considered as a violation of the visa regime and leads to serious consequences right up to the deportation from the country.


The registration is mandatory almost for all types of visa. The exceptions can be connected with the minimum period of stay in Russia or with the special legal status of the arriving foreigner. For example, there is no need to register if you come to Russia by a transit visa or by a 72-hours tourist program.

Pay attention! The registration has to be observed by the visa holder himself/herself. In some cases, these authorities can be delegated to other people (for example, to employers in the case of hiring the foreigner to a Russian company).

How to register? What do you need it for?

Visa registration is underdone in order to notify the migration authorities of your movement in the territory of Russia. Therefore, the authorized state bodies carry out this procedure.

The visa registration can be carried out by two ways:

  • By applying to local authorities of the MIA
  • By applying to the employees of your hotel in Russia

Pay attention! Some categories of foreign citizens have to obtain the accreditation in addition to registration. For example, mass media workers have to be accredited by the Information and Press Department of the MIA of the RF.

The registration for a tourist visa is carried out by the hotel where a tourist stays. In order to register, you have to provide the following documents:

  • Valid visa
  • Passport for every person needed to be registered

The issuance of the documents takes 1-2 days. The employees of a hotel get the document from the foreigner and issue the registration certificate.

The registration data is entered into the united federal database of a migration authority of the MIA. The violation of the registration can be established on the ground of this database.

Pay attention! If a foreign national changes his location during his visit to Russia (for example, traveling from one city to another), he/she has to register in every settlement where he/she stays for more than 3 days.

The registration is valid for the whole time of stay in Russia. Therefore, if you have a long-term visa there is no need to apply for a confirmation of your registration regularly, except for the cases you travel through the country.

In the case of employment, the employer has an additional obligation to register the each employment contract in the migration services of the MIA. Meanwhile, the duration of the contract can’t exceed the duration of a work visa.

If you have any troubles with registration, you can consult with our specialists. We will help to arrange the registration even if the person who has issued the invitation refuses to register you.

The violation of the registration order

If a foreign national violated the registration rule, he would be charged by the administration legislation and deported from Russia. The responsibility is applied to any person with any type of visa. The migration authorities of the MIA control these cases.

Since the violation may lead to a denial when reapplying for a visa, it is necessary to obey the rules. Our company specializes in the situations of citizens violated the registration rule. Call our specialists or describe your problem using the feedback form on the web.