I don't have my student visa yet, but I'm making progress. There were a few surprises along the way, and it's been harder than I initially thought.
The basic procedure is:
-contact the university/place of study to find out your options and start the invitation process
-while waiting for your invitation, find out from the consulate what else is required
-send the invitation with everything else to the travel agent or consulate
-upon arrival in Russia, register within 3 days
-check in with the university to determine your class schedule/settle fees
-if you want to stay longer than 90 days, apparently, you arrive on a 90-day visa and extend it once you're already in Russia (haven't done this yet)
Here are a few things I was not expecting: +/-
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