Russian Visa

THE FAST AND EASY WAY TO GET A VISA TO RUSSIA

Russian Visa

THE FAST AND EASY WAY TO GET A VISA TO RUSSIA

ON RESUMING VISA ISSUANCE

Start June 28, 2021 Russian consulate  in the U.S.A. resumes the issuance of visa of all categories (including tourist visas).
Please be advised that the visas may be issued only for the U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries, who possess U.S. Green Cards.

 

Russian Tourist Visa Application Requirements
Gather and send the following documents to Visa Express:

All U.S. nationals who wish to enter Russia for an excursion, sightseeing, cultural events, or other forms of tourism need a Russian visa. Once it is confirmed that a Russian travel agency will host an American tourist, such a visa will be issued. Regular Russian visas can be single entry or double entry that grants a maximum stay of 30 days. However, the simplified visa agreement between the United States and the Russian Federation allows for a 3-year multi-entry Russian visa for Americans. As a result, Americans can take advantage of the 3-year multiple entry visas if they wish to enter and stay in Russia for a long period of time
This guideline will shed light on everything you need to obtain a visa to Russia.

Invitation and Voucher

This is the first document you need to start the Russia visa application process. Also called the visa support document, it contains information you need to answer series of questions on the visa form. After confirming your booking with a Cruise ship, a registered Russian Hotel, a rented apartment, etc. It is vital to request confirmation and a voucher. People staying in multiple hotels, cruise ships, etc., must request this document from every place they will visit. There are different formats of the documents since there is no specific standard format. It is primal to your Russian visa application. It’s not required if you order it through us.

Passport

It is essential to submit a signed passport that meets the following requirements:

  • You need a valid passport that is eligible for at least 6 months.
  • There must be nothing less than two blank pages that qualify as VISA pages.
  • Endorsement and amendment pages do not qualify for this requirement.

Photographs

As part of the Russian visa requirements, applicants need a single passport size photographs with the following criteria:

  • Not more than six months old and printed on a superb quality photo paper
  • The background must be all white.
  • The photo must measure 2 inches by 2 inches.
  • Displays a neutral expression (without a smile).
  • Make available the full-frontal view and your facial features with the face aligned in the middle.
  • Eyeglasses and all forms of head wears are not allowed. There is, however, an exception for religious purposes.
  • The picture should not be fixed with the application; any evidence of adhesive, staple disqualifies the photo.

Application Form

The next step is to complete and sign a Russian visa application form: Click here to fill out online application. This is an application hosted by the Foreign Ministry in Russia. The application requires detailed information; hence you need to take your time with the process. Please make sure to write down the application password on the top of the application form you printed out.

  • You need to supply your country from the drop-down menu. Be sure to select the UNITED STATES.
  • There is also a request for the visa issuing office. Depending on the state that will process your visa, select “Russia Visa Center Houston”. Application without “Russia Visa Center” will not be accepted.
  • Make sure to supply authentic answers to all fields.
  • Your name should be filled as it appeared in your passport.
  • List all places you intend to visit in Russia.
  • Print out your application, sign it in the signature box. For minor below 18 years, the parent will have to sign

Three-Year Multiple Entry Visa Option

For people that will like to apply for this category of Russian visa, here are some application guidelines to help:

  • The number of entries in your Russian visa application form must read Multiple Entry.
  • The Entry and Departure Date from Russia must cover three years. For instance, for someone whose Confirmation and Voucher commences on 12/01/2020 (Date of Entry). The departure date must be 11/30/2023, not the date you will depart as listed on the confirmation and voucher.

Former USSR or Russia Nationals:

  • Copy of USSR passport with a stamp stating you left for permanent residence abroad, dated prior to February 6th 1992.
  • Copy of a Visa to Israel issued prior to February 6th 1992.
  • Copy of a Certificate of Naturalization issued prior to 1996
  • Document confirming the renunciation of your Russian citizenship.
  • Copy of the main pages of a passport of a former USSR state, issued after February 1992.


In accordance with Russian law, visas cannot be issued to Russian citizens with expired passports. We remind you that in accordance to Article 12 of Russian law “On citizenship of the Russian Federation”, children born to two parents who are Russian citizens automatically gain Russian citizenship regardless of the place of birth. In this case visas are not issued and they must apply for Russian citizenship or have their information written into the passport of one of their parents or obtain a Russian passport.

Minors

Minors must supply the following to get a Russian Visa:

  • Copies of a valid Birth Certificate.
  • A valid copy of passports from both parents.

Processing Time and Fees

PROCESSING TIME VALIDITY CONSULATE FEE SERVICE FEE TOTAL COST
18 business days MULTIPLE  $245 $109 $354
15 business days MULTIPLE  $245 $179 $424
8-10 business days MULTIPLE  $245 $249 $494

Visa Express Order Form:

Click here to completely fill-out order form. You will be asked to input your personal information, order information, and payment information. After inputting your data, click on “Place Order” which will create your completed order form, then print it out and sign it.

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Russian Business Visa Application Requirements

All travelers to Russia on official or private business visits require a business visa. Other categories of travelers who need to apply for a Russian business visa include those who wish to stay in the country beyond 30 days, those who don’t have any specific itinerary, and travelers who want to visit as many times within a certain period.
There is a provision for single entry, double entries, or multiple entries for a visa to Russia. The validity period ranges from one to thirty-six months. Russian visa for a business purpose might be issued for various reasons, including:

  • Commercial or business purpose
  • Trips related to science and technology
  • Cultural exchanges
  • Forums and exhibitions
  • Marketing materials
  • Going into Russia with special equipment
  • Cultural relationships
  • American citizens attending conferences in Russia as official speakers are better off with a business visa.

Here are the Russian visa requirements for US citizens will need to travel to Russia for business purposes.

Russian Business Invitation

If you need a Russian visa for business purposes, it is essential to present an official invitation letter from Russia. This document is essential to the success of your visa application. You can consult us at Visa Express to get a Russian Business invitation letter for you. People with an invitation from the Russian government need to submit the original copy. However, this is not necessary if you have an electronic invitation. It is essential for people with a Telex to apply for a visa in the city where the Telex was approved. The city might not be the same as where your visa was processed, and this can pose some challenges.

People with direct invitations (who have their invites straight from the host company) in Russia must ensure that the document complies with the following structure and criteria:

  • The letter must be clearly written in Russia with the company’s letterhead paper
  • The letter must be addressed to Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Houston
  • The letter must carry the official seal of the company
  • There must be the full name of the host organization with a complete and verifiable address. Besides, the full name of the signatory to the document must be present
  • If the host is a legal enterprise, the taxpayer identification number must be submitted
  • The document must request a 3-year multiple-entry Russian visa. It must list the applicant’s complete name, date of birth, passport number, gender, citizenship, proposed number of entries, the reason for travel, the intended destination, cities and places to be visited, and the period the applicant will stay in Russia
  • There should be the exact date (entry and exit) of the 36 months visa (for example, April 10, 2021, to April 9, 2024)
  • The Tax ID number of the Russian company displayed (TIN number)
  • Have a signature, stamp, and date of the company’s director with the full name and post designation

You can obtain Russian business invitation through us, check out the processing time and fees below:

Russian Business Invitation Processing Time & Fee

5 business days 2 business days 1 busines day
$99 $149 $199

Passport

Send your original signed passport:

  • There must be two blank pages on the passport marked Visas side by side
  • The expiration period on the passport must not exceed six months
  • Applicants need to submit any former valid Russian visa that they hold in a separate passport, regardless of whether the old passport is expired or canceled
  • People with a lost or stolen valid Russian visa must present a police report about the loss
  • The passport must have a blank visa page for people on a single entry. People applying for a multiple-entry visa need at least two blank pages

Photographs

As part of the Russian visa requirements, applicants need a single passport size photographs with the following criteria:

  • Not more than six months old and printed on a superb quality photo paper
  • The background must be all white.
  • The photo must measure 2 inches by 2 inches.
  • Displays a neutral expression (without a smile).
  • Make available the full-frontal view and your facial features with the face aligned in the middle.
  • Eyeglasses and all forms of head wears are not allowed. There is, however, an exception for religious purposes.
  • The picture should not be fixed with the application; any evidence of adhesive, staple disqualifies the photo.

Application Form

The next step is to complete and sign a Russian visa application form: Click here to fill out online application. This is an application hosted by the Foreign Ministry in Russia. The application requires detailed information; hence you need to take your time with the process. Please make sure to write down the application password on the top of the application form you printed out.

  • You need to supply your country from the drop-down menu. Be sure to select the UNITED STATES.
  • There is also a request for the visa issuing office. Depending on the state that will process your visa, select “Russia Visa Center Houston”. Application without “Russia Visa Center” will not be accepted.
  • Make sure to supply authentic answers to all fields.
  • Your name should be filled as it appeared in your passport.
  • List all places you intend to visit in Russia.
  • Print out your application, sign it in the specified box. For minor below 18 years, the parent will have to sign

Former USSR or Russia Nationals:

  • Copy of USSR passport with a stamp stating you left for permanent residence abroad, dated prior to February 6th 1992.
  • Copy of a Visa to Israel issued prior to February 6th 1992.
  • Copy of a Certificate of Naturalization issued prior to 1996
  • Document confirming the renunciation of your Russian citizenship.
  • Copy of the main pages of a passport of a former USSR state, issued after February 1992.

Processing Time and Fees

PROCESSING TIME VALIDITY CONSULATE FEE SERVICE FEE TOTAL COST
18 business days MULTIPLE  $245 $109 $354
15 business days MULTIPLE  $245 $179 $424
8-10 business days MULTIPLE  $245 $249 $494

Visa Express Order Form:

Click here to completely fill-out order form. You will be asked to input your personal information, order information, and payment information. After inputting your data, click on “Place Order” which will create your completed order form, then print it out and sign it.

Russian Private Visa Application Requirements

A Russian private visa is one of the various visas issued by the Russian Federation for foreigners who wish to enter Russia for personal reasons like visiting friends and family. According to Russian legislation, foreigners who wish to apply for a private Russian visa must have an invitation. The receiving party needs to apply for this invitation, and the host must be a citizen of Russia or a foreigner with a Russian residency.

Invitation

a. One needs an official invitation from the Russian Federation OR

b. A Russian citizen based in the US can also issue the invitation (Click here to see the format). The letter will be addressed to the Consulate of Russia on behalf of the applicant (relative, friend, spouse, or minor) interested in visiting Russia. Further documents that will support the invitation letter are:
i. A copy of the Russian internal passport of the inviter
ii. A copy of the registration stamp inside the Russian passport
iii. A copy of the marriage certificate or birth certificate of the kid

c. Applicants who want a three-year visa need a notarized written statement prepared on a notary blank from the hosting party who lives in Russia. On this document, the following details of the hosting party should be available: the full name (first, middle and last name), citizenship, date of birth, sex, registration address, passport number, and the real address of the host.
d. The written invitation can also be made in Russia using a notary blank or a written invitation that is notarized by Russian citizens based in the USA. Such a letter needs to be accompanied by an authentic internal Russia passport, Russia foreign passport, and a US passport or a green card.
The invitation should detail information of the applicant like the full name (last, middle, and first name). Sex, date of birth, citizenship. Visa multiplicity, passport number, the purpose of the trip, visa length revealing the full three-year period (for instance, Entry date of 23/08/2020 till departure date 22/08/2023), the host’s proposed address of residence in Russia, and proposed cities to visit.

Passport

The applicant also needs to send the original passport with at least six months of validity before expiration. There should also be at least two blank visa pages available for Russian visa stamp.

Photographs

As part of the Russian visa requirements, applicants need a single passport size photographs with the following criteria:

  • Not more than three months old and printed on a superb quality photo paper
  • The background must be all white.
  • The photo must measure 2 inches by 2 inches.
  • Displays a neutral expression (without a smile).
  • Make available the full-frontal view and your facial features with the face aligned in the middle.
  • Eyeglasses and all forms of head wears are not allowed. There is, however, an exception for religious purposes.
  • The picture should not be fixed with the application; any evidence of adhesive, staple disqualifies the photo.

Application Form

Every applicant(s) needs to complete the Russian Visa application form online.
All applicants need to register and fill the Visa for Russia application. The registration will generate a Declarant ID and a password, which will give you access to the application portal.

Applicants should note that submitting authentic information is primal to the success of their application. As a result, all applicants need to be honest and careful in filing the Russia private visa form. We at Visa Express are ready to help make sure you have a successful application. As a result, you can order our Application Pre-Check service and email your application to us after completing your Russian visa application. We can review your application and check for errors before the final submission.
The Russia visa application form is available online at https://visa.kdmid.ru/.

Processing Time and Fees

PROCESSING TIME VALIDITY CONSULATE FEE SERVICE FEE TOTAL COST
18 business days MULTIPLE $245 $109 $354
15 business days MULTIPLE $245 $179 $424
8-10 business days MULTIPLE $245 $249 $494

Visa Express Order Form:

Click here to completely fill-out order form. You will be asked to input your personal information, order information, and payment information. After inputting your data, click on “Place Order” which will create your completed order form, then print it out and sign it.

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FAQ – Visa For Russia

One of the favorite destinations of travelers and tourists around the world is Russia. Russia is a beautiful country located on a vast expanse of land with many attractions for people all over the world. While Russia welcomes some nationalities into its soil without a visa, one needs to have an invitation to apply.
A Russian Visa is an official document that gives one permission to enter Russia and stay for a given period. The visa is issued for various reasons ranging from business, tourism, research, etc. The visa is a document affixed to the passport. There is different information on the visa, like the duration of stay, the number of entries and exits allowed, and information about your trip.

It is essential for visitors into Russia to keep their visa even when on Russian soil. Getting out of Russia without a passport could be pretty much harder than entering Russia.

This article sheds light on various questions people might have as regards Russian Visa.

With the exception of Turkmenistan and Georgia, some citizens of the former CIS Republic can enter Russia with their national passports. Besides that, most foreigners, including travelers from the U.S., will need a visa to Russia.

People going through Russia to other countries might not need a Russia visa since they will likely not leave the airport. However, one needs a visa if one has to leave the airport, even if it is for a sleepover. Transferring to another airport to continue your journey might require a passport.

No. If you are entering Russia for whatever purpose, it is essential to have a valid U.S. Visa and a genuine Visa that you got from the Russian Embassy or Consulate of your country. You cannot get a Russia visa at the port of entry, so it is good to apply for your visa on time.

Typically, a Russian visa is valid for up to 30 days. U.S. Citizens can get a valid visa valid for three years with the opportunity to stay for 90 days from every 180 days on their Russian Visa.

No, the Russian consulate does not accept applications by mail. Anyone interested in entering Russia can contact us at Visa Express to help with the Russian Visa application process, even if your place is far from the Russian Consulate.

No. While you might present both your new and old passport at the border, the only valid visa is the new passport with the correct visa. If the passport is expired or canceled, the visa is not valid.

Travelers to Russia on a Tourist Visa have a month validity, and holders get either a single or a double entry and exit. On the other hand, business visas are valid for a maximum of 36 months, which could allow holders to enter and exit Russia multiple times.

A US passport holder can stay in Russia for as much as 180 days.

There is no opportunity to extend a tourist or business visa while on Russian soil.

Russian visa takes a minimum of 8 working days and three weeks at most. The length, most time, is a factor like a visa you need. It is important to note that processing days are working days only and does not include holidays, postal time, or weekends.

You have to submit your original passport for your Russian visa application.

Depending on the visa you need, your Russian Visa will take between 8 to 30 working days. Also, the cost is a factor of the nature of the visa and the processing time you want.

Weekends, U.S. public holidays, Russian public holidays, etc., are not counted as part of the processing days.

The consulate fee for the Russian visa is $198

One needs a tourist invitation letter as it is one of the essential official documents one need to process a Russian Visa. It is not a real visa, but it must be submitted alongside other documents when applying for a Russia visa.

All foreign nationals entering Russia must register their visa on arrival within seven days. This does not include weekends and official holidays.

Your point of registration is where you will stay – the exact place you will live. This could be a hotel or an apartment.  To register your visa, you must present important documents like migration cards and your passports to the apartment owner or hotel admin.

One can also register a visa at the local Federal Migration Service or the local post office nearest to you. The receiving party will give you a copy of the notification form after registering you.

However, for people who will stay in Russia for less than seven days, they might not need to register their visa.

No. There is no opportunity to extend a Russian visa, whether business or tourist visa. However, you might need an exit visa if your stay is more than what you have on your visa. If this happens, make sure to contact us at Visa express to help you with detailed information and the paperwork you need to leave Russia.

No, you cannot

The Russian government authorizes only the Russian consulate in foreign countries to handle the processing of Russia Visa. The visa cannot be processed on Russian soil.

However, some people might prefer to send their passports to their home country from Russia using FedEx. You can get in touch with us at Visa Express for necessary steps on how to go about this.