Statistics of the MFA on issued visas to Russia by year

Russian Federation

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. “M” means multiple times. If there is a number, such as “One”, you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications

of Entries
A-1NoneMultiple36 Months
A-1 ▲NoneMultiple12 Months
A-2NoneMultiple36 Months
A-2 ▲NoneMultiple12 Months
A-3 1NoneMultiple12 Months
B-1NoneMultiple36 Months
B-2NoneMultiple36 Months
B-1/B-2NoneMultiple36 Months
C-1NoneMultiple24 Months
C-1/DNoneMultiple24 Months
C-2NoneOne3 Months
C-3NoneOne3 Months
CW-1 11NoneMultiple12 Months
CW-2 11NoneMultiple12 Months
DNoneMultiple24 Months
E-1 2No TreatyN/AN/A
E-2 2No TreatyN/AN/A
E-2C 12NoneMultiple24 Months
F-1NoneMultiple12 Months
F-2NoneMultiple12 Months
G-1 ▲NoneMultiple24 Months
G-2 ▲NoneMultiple12 Months
G-3 ▲NoneMultiple12 Months
G-4 ▲NoneMultiple12 Months
G-5 1NoneOne12 Months
H-1BNoneMultiple24 Months 3
H-1CNoneMultiple24 Months 3
H-2ANoneN/AN/A 3
H-2BNoneN/AN/A 3
H-2RNoneMultiple24 Months 3
H-3NoneMultiple24 Months 3
H-4NoneMultiple24 Months 3
INoneMultiple12 Months
J-1 4NoneMultiple36 Months
J-2 4NoneMultiple36 Months
K-1NoneOne6 Months
K-2NoneOne6 Months
K-3NoneMultiple24 Months
K-4NoneMultiple24 Months
L-1NoneMultiple24 Months
L-2NoneMultiple24 Months
M-1NoneMultiple36 Months
M-2NoneMultiple36 Months
N-8NoneMultiple24 Months
N-9NoneMultiple24 Months
O-1NoneMultiple24 Months 3
O-2NoneMultiple24 Months 3
O-3NoneMultiple24 Months 3
P-1NoneMultiple24 Months 3
P-2NoneMultiple24 Months 3
P-3NoneMultiple24 Months 3
P-4NoneMultiple24 Months 3
Q-1 6NoneMultiple15 Months 3
R-1NoneMultiple24 Months
R-2NoneMultiple24 Months
S-5 7NoneOne1 Month
S-6 7NoneOne1 Month
S-7 7NoneOne1 Month
T-1 9N/AN/AN/A
T-2NoneOne6 Months
T-3NoneOne6 Months
T-4NoneOne6 Months
T-5NoneOne6 Months
T-6NoneOne6 Months
U-1NoneMultiple48 Months
U-2NoneMultiple48 Months
U-3NoneMultiple48 Months
U-4NoneMultiple48 Months
U-5NoneMultiple48 Months
V-1NoneMultiple120 Months
V-2NoneMultiple120 Months 8
V-3NoneMultiple120 Months 8
Country Specific Footnotes

▲. Multiple entries, 12 months validity for A1, A2 visas to be applied for TDY Travelers.

For A1, A2, G1, G2, G3, and G4 PCS travelers, annotate visa as follows:
(Diplomatic title); (Russian Federation Diplomatic Facility); (U.S. city)

For all A or G TDY travelers, annotate visa as follows:
TDY; (specifics of TDY)

For Russian G-2 Officials traveling to the UN, consular officers should check the latest guidance.

Visa Category Footnotes

The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The “employer” would have one of the following visa classifications:

  • A-1
  • A-2
  • G-1 through G-4
  • NATO 1 through NATO 6

An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.

Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.

The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS’s website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.

Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the “trade NAFTA” or “TN” category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the “trade dependent” or “TD” category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

Canadian Nationals

Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian “TN’ or “TD” alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian “TN”, unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a “TD” visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian “TD”s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien’s visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See ‘NOTE’ under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

Mexican Nationals

Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican “TN”s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national “TD”s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national “TN”) must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi, Libyan, Somalian, Sudanese, Syrian or Yemeni nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for “TD” applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi “TD” is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the ‘Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998’. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department’s authorization.

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V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant’s twenty-first birthday.

Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

  • T-2 (spouse)
  • T-3 (child)
  • T-4 (parent)

The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

Visa to Russia

According to the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation №635-R of March 16, 2020 for the purpose of ensuring state security, protecting public health and non-proliferation of a new coronavirus infection entry to the territory of the Russian Federation is restricted until further notice.

Tap the link for more information.

A foreign national or stateless person needs a visa to enter the Russian Federation, except for citizens of the states with which the Russian Federation concluded an agreement on visa free travel .

To apply for and obtain a visa to enter the Russian Federation it is necessary to

1) Contact a consular office of the Russian Federation at the location of your habitual residence;

2) Review the list of the documents necessary to apply for a visa and the amount of the consular fee;

3) Submit the documents necessary to apply for a visa:

2. A filled-out visa application form.

3. Two 3.5 x 4.5 cm photographs.

4. Proof of payment of the consular fee.

5. Documents depending on the purpose of the visit and the visa category:

5.1.for business and humanitarian visas (a single or double entry visa for up to 3 months or a multiple entry visa for up to one year):

· an original invitation letter registered with a branch of the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation or a decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

5.2.for tourist visas (a single or double entry visa for up to 30 days)

· a tourism services agreement

· a confirmation of reception of the foreign tourist by the tour operator company

Note : a hotel booking confirmation cannot serve as the ground for issuing a visa

5.3.for private visas (a single or double entry visa for up to three months):

· an original invitation letter registered with a branch of the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation

5.4.for a student visa:

· an original invitation letter registered with a branch of the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation

· a negative HIV certificate (valid for 3 months)

Note : when applying for a student visa make sure that your passport is valid for at least one and a half years

5.5.for work visas:

· an original invitation letter registered with a branch of the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation

· a negative HIV certificate (valid for 3 months)

Note : when applying for a work visa make sure that your passport is valid for at least one and a half years

5.6.for transit visas (for not more than 3 days for foreign nationals traveling by air through the territory of the Russian Federation to the country of destination):

· a valid transport ticket for departure from the Russian Federation

· a visa to enter the country adjacent to the Russian Federation on the route or a visa of the country of destination or a passport issued by such country

Note : a foreign national travelling by a non-stop air flight over the territory of the Russian Federation does not need a transit visa

More detailed information on the requirements to the documents necessary for issue of a visa can be found on the website of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

4) Get a receipt showing the date of the visa readiness after the respective documents have been accepted.

5) Obtain the visa; please provide the receipt to obtain your visa.

6) Upon obtaining the visa, check if the details are filled in correctly, including the name, date, passport number, date of birth, etc. and, if necessary, promptly return the visa to make the respective amendments.

Regardless of the number of entries of the visa, the total period of stay of a foreign national in the Russian Federation may not exceed 90 days per each period of 180 days (except for holders of work and student visas).

The consulate reserves the right to refuse to grant a visa on serious grounds.

Russian visas for citizens of the European Union

By 2016 the EU includes 28 countries with the total population estimated at 500 million. These countries’ citizens have the extended rights since they are at the same time citizens of their country and citizens of the EU. The rules of a visa issuance are similar for all the citizens of the European Union.

The EU citizens planning to visit Russia have to obtain a Russian visa at first.

Before applying for a visa, a foreigner has to obtain an invitation to Russia. This document is issued by the receiving party. It can be a private person (relative, colleague, friend) or a legal person (partner firm, employer, tour company).

Фото туристической визы в Россию

In the moment foreigner obtains an invitation he has to present a document package to the Russian consulate. The detailed list of documents should be clarified by using the consular website (or simply our web). Also, you need to pay a consular fee. Pay attention! Different types of visa require different packages of documents.

Types of Russian visa for foreigners

VisaDurationPurpose of the trip
Tourist1-30 daysA short-term visit to relatives or friends, tourism
Business30-90 days (up to 5 years)Participation in business events, training, development of business contacts, long-term visits to friends or relatives (or long-term tourism)
Private30-90 daysVisits to Russian relatives or friends arranged officially
Work1-3 yearsEmployment or constant living in Russia

In cases of any questions, you can apply to us by our web.

Russian tourist visa for the EU citizens

A tourist visa is optimal for citizens of the EU planning to visit Russia for trial, health or cultural purposes. In this case, an invitation is issued by a tour company.

Russian business visa photo

There is no strict form so usually, tour companies issue it in their own forms. The mandatory data is tour company’s details, its reference number, passport information of the EU citizen, cities that he plans to visit in Russia. Besides, an invitation contains the information about the trip duration and its character (single-entry or double-entry). The issuance will take no longer than one day.

A tourist visa is issued for a period up to 30 days.

Russian private visa for the EU citizens

In the EU national plans to stay at relatives or friends, he has to obtain a private visa. To do it, the receiving party issues a private invitation in the FMS local authority. The original form of invitation has to be sent to the foreigner.

The invitation issuance occupies 30 days. Within this period the foreigner is going through checking for previous violations of the visa regime or any other criminal records. If something is wrong the AFMS has a right to deny the entry. The reason has to be explained in writing.

A private visa can be single-entry or double-entry. It is issued for a period up to 90 days.

Russian business visa for EU nationals

In cases of business purposes (negotiations, contracts, etc.) a foreigner has to obtain a business visa. Only a Russian legal person can issue a business invitation. It can be issued in the AFMS form or in the form of telex.

There are three types of such invitations:

  • letter;
  • the AFMS form;
  • telex.

A business invitation in a form of a letter is a letter with a request for a business visa for a foreigner. Only the organizations accredited in the AFMS can issue such invitations. The issuance will take no more than one day.

In order to arrange an invitation to the official form of the AFMS, a Russian legal person has to request to the local FMS body, provide a document package and pay a consular fee. It also requires a verification of previous records about violations committed by the foreigner. In absence of such records, an invitation is issued in the AFMS form with a unique number. It takes from 12 to 17 working days.

Telex is an instruction from the MFA of the RF to issue a visa sent by the special connection channel right to the consulate. The original form of an invitation (in paper) isn’t sent to the EU national – it’s enough if he indicates a telex number.

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Go to online form of invitation arrangement

Russian work visa for citizens of the EU

In case the EU national plans to work in Russia, he has to obtain a work visa. The issuance consists of three stages:

1) getting permission to hire a foreign specialist;

2) getting a work permit for a particular foreign citizen;

3) providing of the document package in order to obtain an invitation for a work visa.

At first, a foreigner gets a right to stay in Russia for 3 months. That’s the period of time when he seeks for a job and, in the case of a success, prolongs his work visa and work permit. An employer has to control employee’s registration in the Migration Service of the RF. The foreigner has a right to stay in Russia while his visa is active. There is no need to leave the country for a visa prolongation.

Types of Russian Visas

Visa to Russia — is a permissive document which allows foreign citizens and stateless persons to stay on the Russian territory for a fixed term. Russian visa is issued in the Russian Consular section abroad. The basis of visa issuance is an invitation letter to Russia which you can obtain in various ways.

There are following types of Russian visas issued to foreigners to travel in Russia:

  • regular visa
  • diplomatic visa
  • service visa
  • temporary resident visa
  • transit visa
  • humanitarian visa
  • e-visa

How to obtain visa to Russia?

Issuance procedures of different types of visas are very similar but there are some nuances in the issuance of every single visa type.

Regular Visa

Regular visas may vary depending on the primary purpose of the trip indicated by the foreign citizen. Regular visas are subdivided into 2 main types: Tourist visa and Business visa. The following purposes can be indicated in order to apply for a regular visa:

  • For the tourist visa (Read more: Russian tourist visa)
    • tourism
    • travelling by carmotorbike
    • target tourism
    • business
    • negotiations
    • maintenance
    • crew member
    • scientifically technical relations
    • cultural relations
    • sports relations
    • (and others)

    The period for which a regular visa can be issued depends on the purpose of the trip:

    • For the tourist visa it is up to 30 days.
    • For the business visa it is from 30 days to 5 years.

    Diplomatic visa

    Those persons who have a diplomatic passport, should apply for a diplomatic visa. Such persons include:

    1. the Heads of foreign states, Heads of governments, as well as members of foreign official delegations;
    2. consular officials, agents and employees of diplomatic missions and representatives of international organizations;
    3. foreign diplomatic and consular couriers;
    4. members of their families.

    In addition, diplomatic visa may be issued to a foreign citizen who does not have a diplomatic passport but is in possession of a diplomatic status recognized by the Russian Federation. Diplomatic visa is issued for a period of up to 3 months.

    Service visa

    For citizens of foreign countries who have official passports an official visa shall be issued. Such persons include:

    1. members of official foreign delegations;
    2. staff of consular offices, diplomatic missions and offices of international organizations located in the Russian Federation;
    3. members of their families;
    4. members of the armed forces of foreign states who enter Russia following a decision by the public authorities of the Russian Federation or within the framework of international treaties.

    Service visa valid for up to 3 months is issued to members of official delegations and employees of foreign embassies and consulates. Military personnel is entitled to visas valid for up to 1 year. Also, it is permitted to issue diplomatic visas to foreign nationals who have no service passports, but who have received an official status recognized by the Russian Federation.

    Temporary Resident Visa

    Temporary resident visa is granted to a foreign citizen who has obtained a permit to enter Russia for temporary residence. If the foreigner was unable to enter the Russian Federation within the established deadlines, given the grounds for his getting the visa still remain, he/she may be granted another visa with a validity of 2 months on the basis of a written application.

    The foreigner can renew it, if he/she obtains a permission for temporary residence in Russia in accordance with the law. Should it not be obtained by the foreign citizen due to circumstances beyond his/her control, the visa validity can be extended upon his/her application.

    The following types of visas are considered as a Temporary Resident visa:

    Transit Visa

    Foreign citizens, who plan to cross the territory of the Russian Federation, heading to another state, may apply for a transit visa. The duration of such a visa does not exceed 10 days.

    This type of visa is necessary to obtain only if you are going to enter the territory of Russia. If you have a connecting flight from the same airport, you don’t need to obtain such type of visa but you may need it if you are arriving to the one of the Moscow’s airports and after you are going to depart from another one.

    Humanitarian visa

    Citizens of foreign countries, whose purpose of visiting Russia are creative or science activity, charity or a religious pilgrimages to the Holy places and also if they have religious or cultural relations on the territory of the Russian Federation, can apply for humanitarian visa. This type of visa is also issued for foreigners visiting Russia as a part of charitable and humanitarian missions.

    Humanitarian visa is for single, double or multiple entries. The maximum validity of double entry visa is 3 months, while the multiple one is issued for the period up to 1 year. Herewith a foreigner with a multiple humanitarian visa is under the 90/180 rule.

    In fact, humanitarian visa doesn’t differ from the business visa, it just has another purpose.

    Electronic visa to Russia

    E-visa allows a short-term visit to Russia on a tourist, business or humanitarian purpose.

    The validity period of an e-visa is up to 30 days, the permitted stay in Russia on an e-visa is up to 8 days from the date of entry within its validity period

    There can be the following types of e-visa:

    • tourist;
    • cultural relations;
    • sports relations;
    • scientific-technical relations;
    • business.

    An e-visa to Russia is a new type of a visa document that takes less time to obtain. Only citizens of the states listed by the Government of the Russian Federation are eligible to apply for an electronic visa. An e-visa can only be used to enter Saint Petersburg and Leningrad oblast, Kaliningrad region, and Far Eastern Federal District.

    Russian Business Visa

    Russian Business Visa

    Russian business visa is the most popular type of Russian visa for businesspeople and long-term trips.

    • visa’s validity period and number of permitted entries
    • who issues Visa Invitation and how it is submitted to the Consulate
    • visa and Visa Invitation’s urgency
    • your citizenship and the purpose of visit
    • prices and quality of your visa assistant’s services
    • single- or double-entry valid for up to 3 months
    • multiple-entry valid for up to 1 year or up to 3 years in some cases.

    According to the Russian legislation, the complete term of stay in Russia on a business visa should not exceed 90 days within each 180 days.

    • Invitation MFA – issued by the Consular Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) upon the request of Russian state organizations
    • Official Invitation-Letter – issued directly by the Russian organization and is available only for citizens of the USA, Norway, Switzerland, Japan and EU (except for citizens of the UK and Ireland)
    • Invitation-Letter from the CCI is issued by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation for citizens of the European Union (except the Great Britain and Ireland), the USA, Norway, Switzerland, Japan, Liechtenstein, India, China and Iran.

    Samples of invitations for the Russian business visa

    Invitation from the Migration police

    Telex from the Migration police

    Invitation-Letter from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

    • original Invitation from MFA on a stamped form (so-called Yellow page) – is required to get a multiple-entry visa; be noted that the delivery of the original Invitation will require time and additional fee
    • copy of an Invitation from MFA on a stamped form – is required to get a single- and double-entry visa
    • electronic Invitation – Telex – an Invitation from the Migration police or MFA is sent directly to the Russian Consulate of your choice
    • original or copy of an Official Invitation-Letter from a Russian organization – depending on citizenship, number of permitted entries and other factors, the Consulate may request the original Invitation and has the right to process visas up to 10 days

    Russian visa can be obtained by a foreigner only at the Russian Consulate in the country of which citizen he/she is.
    Citizens of the Schengen countries can obtain a visa in any country-member of the Schengen Area.
    To receive a Russian visa in a third country, one must submit a residence or work permit in this country.

    Business visa can be extended only in exceptional cases (such as a serious illness) and only upon the request of your Visa Sponsor . We strongly recommend you to keep in mind the expiry date of your visa in order to avoid problems upon departure from Russia.

    Need help? Feel free to get online consultation from our experienced visa specialist, please choose the most convenient way to contact us .

    Prices for Russian business visa invitation

    Telex from the Migration police

    Number of entriesVisa’s validity periodProcessing time
    Single-Entry30 days9575
    90 days10080
    Double-Entry30 days11085
    90 days12090
    Multiple-Entry90 days125110
    180 days140130
    365 days150140
    • Processing time is indicated without taking into account a day of creation of the order. If the order is placed after 4:00 PM, one more working day is added.
    • Notarized translation of the residence permit – 35 EUR . The service is required if a foreigner is going to obtain a visa at the Russian consulate in a country of which he/she is not a national.

    Official Invitation-Letter from a Russian organization

    Number of entriesVisa’s validity periodProcessing time
    in 15 minutes
    Is available for citizens of EU (except for citizens of the UK and Ireland), Japan, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
    Single-Entry30 days40
    90 days50
    Double-Entry30 days45
    90 days60
    Multiple-Entry 190 days65
    180 days75
    365 days85
    730 days 2145
    For US citizens
    Multiple-Entry1095 days195

    2 Only if the person already had 2 multiple-entry visas and used them within the last 2 years; the possibility of obtaining must be coordinated first with the Consulate.

    • Visa issuance process at the Russian Consulate takes up to 10 days.
    • Correction of Invitation-Letter – 15 EUR .

    Frequently asked questions about business visa

    Should I indicate the exact dates of my trip while ordering a Visa Invitation or can I put approximate dates?

    You should indicate the exact visa start and expiry dates; however, you can travel to Russia at any time within this period. We recommend you to indicate the maximum validity period of the chosen business visa, for example, 90 days. Please keep in mind that visa is valid only for the exact dates, so you can neither enter the country earlier your visa’s starting date, no overstay its validity.

    Can I obtain a new visa without leaving Russia?

    As a rule, you should leave Russia to get a new visa at the Russian Consulate. We recommend you to apply for a new Visa Invitation well in advance and to choose the most convenient Consulate to obtain a visa.

    U.S. Embassy Moscow stops issuing visas and asks Americans to leave Russia

    The US Embassy in Moscow will stop processing applications for nonimmigrant visas from May 12. This is due to the fact that Russia has banned the hiring of Russians to work in the department. He writes about it with the BBC.

    “From May 12, the US Embassy in Moscow will reduce the number of consular services provided, leave only emergency services for US citizens and a limited number of immigrant visas in the event of their expiration, as well as immigration visas in cases of threats to life or death,” communication on the website of the US Embassy.

    The ministry noted that for the near future, the registration of nonimmigrant visas is stopped, except in cases of diplomatic visits. The embassy, ​​among other things, will stop providing non-urgent notary services, as well as services for changing passports.

    Such measures, as explained in the department, “are necessary in connection with the notification of the Russian government on April 23 about the intention to prohibit the US mission in Russia from hiring foreign citizens in any capacity.”

    Because of this ban, the staff of the diplomatic mission will be reduced by 75%.

    US citizens with an expired Russian visa, the agency recommends to leave Russia by June 15 “in accordance with the deadlines indicated by the Russian government”, or contact the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) for its extension.

    Press Secretary of Russian President Vladimir Putin Dmitry Peskov said that the decision of the US Embassy not to process nonimmigrant visas practically does not change anything, and stressed that the root cause of difficulties in obtaining them is the unfriendly actions of the United States.

    “Practically a few Russians have been able to obtain visas at the US Embassy in Moscow over the past year, or even more. These visas were simply impossible to obtain. In this regard, nothing changes, ”he told reporters.

    The Guardian Correspondent Andrew Roth created a Twitter thread, in which he commented on the situation and explained everything very simply.

    “After the agency was banned from hiring Russians, the US Embassy cut consular services and issues immigration visas only in case of emergency. Processing of nonimmigrant visas for non-diplomatic travel has been discontinued. No more tourist visas, Roth writes. – This does not mean that Russians are prohibited from obtaining visas in the United States, but they cannot get them in Russia. Current travel bans and long wait times due to the coronavirus make it difficult to visit other U.S. embassies. Meanwhile, most US citizens are still banned from entering Russia, and this is not a punishment. It seems that at the moment the department simply does not have staff to manage the embassy. “

    The decree was issued against the backdrop of deteriorating relations between Russia and the United States and a number of European countries, as well as a diplomatic conflict with the Czech Republic. whose authorities suspected Russia of involvement in the explosions of ammunition depots in 2014 and announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats. In response, Moscow also expelled employees of the Czech embassy.

    On Sunday, April 25, Russian Foreign Ministry (MFA) spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced that the government is working on a list of “unfriendly states.”

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    “And who are these unfriendly states? The list is now being formed. As we understand it, the whole story began with another round of unfriendly actions by the United States. As you understand and how can I confirm this, of course, the USA is on the list, ”she said.

    Later, Zakharova stressed that the United States and the Czech Republic would be prohibited from hiring Russians in their embassies.

    In April, the President of the United States Joe Biden imposed new sanctions against Russia stating that it is a response to cyberattacks and attempts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.

    In addition, the Russian Foreign Ministry recommended that US Ambassador John Sullivan leave for Washington “for consultations.” Sullivan initially refused to leave Russia, but on April 22 it became known that he flew to the USA.

    Earlier Russia closed the US Consulate in Vladivostok, and the diplomatic mission in Yekaterinburg stopped serving US citizens and stopped issuing visas. This means that except at the Moscow Embassy, ​​Russian citizens have nowhere else to obtain a visa to enter the United States, and United States citizens have nowhere else to turn for help. But now, after the reduction in the services of the embassy in Moscow, Russians have nowhere to obtain a visa.

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