GUIDE TO RUSSIA
RUSSIAN VISA SERVICE
RUSSIA HOMESTAY VISA SERVICE INSTRUCTIONS
PLEASE GATHER, PREPARE AND SEND THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:
1 Valid Passport:
You must send the actual passport. The passport must have at least six (6) months validity remaining before expiration and has at least two complete blank visa page for the visa stamp.
NOTE: The last three pages on the passport are not visa pages and are not acceptable. If your passport doesn't meet the requirement, click here to see our passport services.
NOTE: Russia government does not recognize dual citizenship. If you were Russian citizen or have ever held Russian citizenship, you must using a Russian passport travel to Russia, or prove that you have renounced your Russian citizenship (or that your parents renounced their citizenship before you were born). This included anyone born in Russia, or born overseas to at least one Russian parent.
2 Visa Application Form (please, no handwritten form):
Completely fill-out and sign Russia visa application form. One form per applicant.
Click here, to completely fill-out and sign Russia visa application form online, then print it out.
You must provide two 2x2 passport type color photo. Your photo has to be a color photo, on a white background and clear, and you are not to wear a hat, bandana, or sunglasses (prescription glasses are an exception).
Please DO NOT glue or staple your photo to the application!
4 Original Letter of Invitation:
You host in Russia need to apply a official invitation (IZVESHENIYE) on your behalf from the local OVIR in Russia. The Russian consulate only accepts the original invitation(not fax or copy).
5 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 "Submit Order" which will create your completed order form, then print it out and sign it.
6 Total Fees (A + B):
A) Consulate Fee & Service Fee:
Please check the following table for Russian consulate fee and our service fee:
|SERVICE TYPE||ENTRIES||CONSULATE FEE||SERVICE FEE||PROCESSING TIME|
|REGULAR||1||$125||$89||8 BUSINESS DAYS|
|REGULAR||2||$180||$89||8 BUSINESS DAYS|
|RUSH||1||$215||$179||3 BUSINESS DAYS|
|RUSH||2||$325||$179||3 BUSINESS DAYS|
B) Return Shipping Option & Fee:
Fedex Next Day Service $29
Fedex to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico $49
Fedex Saturday Delivery $49
Fedex First Over Night (8 am delivery) $79
Step 7 Payment Methods:
We accept company check, money order, cashier's check or credit card**. Please make check or money order payable to Visa Express. You can write the total amount on one check or money order.
** Credit card payment is subject to a $3 or 3% processing charge, whichever is greater.
Step 8 Ship Above Materials to:
Please send all the required documents to Visa Express, the address is listed on the top of your order confirmation page.
If applications require 24 Hours or Rush service. The application must be received before 10:30 AM. You must send your documents using Fedex Priority Overnight Service or UPS Next Day Service only. Applications received after 10:30 AM will be processed the next business day.