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Work, Work Permits and Residence Permits for International Students and Alumni

HSE University Legal office about employment and residence permtis, citizenship application of international students and HSE University master programs graduates. Employment in Russia for the foreign students of the National Research University Higher School of Economics and obtaining citizenship or temporary residence permit, or residence  permit upon graduation from the National Research University Higher School of Economics.

Work, Work Permits and Residence Permits for International Students and Alumni

Employment and work (rendering of services) by a foreign student

A foreign student during the period of study at the HSE master's program can perform work (provide services) during the vacation without obtaining a work permit or a patent; work in their free time at the Higher School of Economics; and if he is studying full-time under a state-accredited master's program, work in his spare time (subparagraphs 6, 7, 7.1 of paragraph 4 of Article 13 of Law No. 115). (OUR MASTER PROGRAMS ARE FULL TIME STATE ACCREDITED). Visa countries students need study visas to work without a work permit. If the students visa is different from a study visa, they may be required to obtain a work permit. 

Simplified procedure for obtaining citizenship by a foreign graduate

A foreign citizen who has graduated from the Higher School of Economics, permanently resides in Russia and has been working in the Russian Federation overall for at least 1 year before the day of applying for Russian citizenship can obtain citizenship in a simplified manner, i.e. without complying with the condition of a 5-year period of permanent residence in the Russian Federation (paragraph "e" of the second part of Article 14 of the Law on Citizenship). At the same time, during this period, the employer must accrue insurance premiums to the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation.

How to get a Red Diploma

To get a RED or WIth Honors diploma one  should get only “excellent” grades for their Research Thesis - for pre-defense and defense (8 or 9 or 10 points). They should not have even one “satisfactory” grade in their HSE transcript (satisfactory are  5 and 4 ). At least 75% of the grades should be  “excellent” - 8, 9 and 10, the rest should be “good” - 6 and 7.

Temporary residence permit (TRP) by a foreign graduate with an honors degree from HSE University

A temporary residence permit may be issued to a foreign citizen who has successfully completed a state-accredited full-time study program and received a diploma with honors without taking into account the quota approved by the Government of the Russian Federation (subparagraph 1 of paragraph 3 of Article 6 of Law No. 115).

Features of obtaining a residence permit (residence permit) by a foreign graduate with an honors degree

A foreign citizen who has successfully completed a state-accredited full-time study program and received a diploma with honors can obtain a residence permit without obtaining a temporary residence permit (subparagraph 11 of paragraph 2 of Article 8 of Law No. 115).

Confirmation of knowledge of the Russian language, knowledge of the history of Russia and the fundamentals of the legislation of the Russian Federation with a diploma from the National Research University Higher School of Economics upon receipt of a residence permit, residence permit

A diploma from the National Research University Higher School of Economics can confirm knowledge of the Russian language, knowledge of the history of Russia and the basics of the legislation of the Russian Federation, necessary to obtain a RNR, residence permit (subparagraph 3 of paragraph 1 of Article 15.1 of Law No. 115).