Migration Card

A migration card is an identity document used in Russia for foreign nationals. You will be given a migration card at the customs upon arrival.

  •  You should keep with you your passport with the registration form and migration card attached to it at all times.
  • In case you lose either your registration form or migration card, please contact  the International Relations Department

Sample of a migration card:

Registration Form
  • What is it? 

The registration form is a document that confirms your lawful stay in Russia. It is required to notify the Russian migration authorities of the place of your residence in Russia.

Please contact the International Relations Department as soon as you arrive in Moscow for processing of your documents.

Sample of a registration form:

  • How to apply for registration  

If you stay at MCU hotel

MCU hotel will assist you with obtaining your registration. As soon as you arrive and check in with the hotel, please visit the hotel staff in room 1016 on the 10th floor. Bring the following documents with you:

  • Passport
  • Migration card

If you stay at a rented apartment

In this case your landlord/landlady will assist you with obtaining your registration. Please ask him or her to arrange for your registration immediately after your settling in the apartment.

1. Collect the package of required documents:

  • A copy of all pages of your passport (including blank ones)
  • A tenancy contract
  • A copy of your migration card

2. Visit the local office of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs together with your landlord/landlady (find the address of the local office here) and submit your documents.

3. Your registration will be ready within 3 working days after submittal. Please send a two-sided scanned copy of the obtained registration to the visa@mgpu.ru.

  • Important 
  • Every time you enter Russia and receive a new migration card at the customs, please apply for a new registration.
  • If you travel around Russian cities, please register at the place of your stay, and apply for a new registration after returning to Moscow.
  • If you temporarily move to a hotel or guesthouse/hostel in Moscow and then return to the MCU hotel or a rented apartment, please apply for a new registration as soon as you have changed your residence.
  • How to re-apply for registration

Please submit the following documents either to the MCU hotel office or the local migrations office at the place of your residence:

  • Your previous registration issued in another city/Moscow hotel
  • A copy of your migration card
  • A copy of all pages of your passport (including blank ones)
  • A copy of your visa