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Information for US citizens

Effective September 9, 2012 the US citizens shall as a rule be issued multiple-entry business, private, humanitarian and tourist visas.

In accordance with the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on the simplification of visa formalities for nationals of the Russian Federation and nationals of the United States of America effective September 9, 2012 the US citizens shall as a rule be issued multiple-entry business, private, humanitarian and tourist visas for a stay of no more than 6 months starting from the date of each entry that are valid for three years (36 months) from the date of issue of the visa.

The visas shall be issued based on direct written statements (faxed or electronic copies) from Russian or American host organization or individuals. 

When applying for a visa, in addition to the valid passport, photo and the visa application form (done on the web site) the applicant should provide the written statement from the host organization or individual (direct invitation) in free format, which should contain the following information.

Business Visa

When applying for a business visa in addition to the above mentioned documents: the written statement from the host organization, which should indicate: the full name of the host organization, its official address and contact information, the surname, first name, patronymic, and position of the person who signed the statement (if the host organization is a legal entity or enterprise, an institution or their affiliate established in the territory of the Russian Federation – the individual taxpayer number), and basic information regarding the visa applicant: the surname, first name, other names, date of birth, citizenship, sex, passport number, multiplicity of the visa, purpose of travel, requested period of entry, location of intended residence of the visa applicant, and the cities to be visited.

Private Visa

Whtn applying for a private visa in addition to the valid passport and the visa application form the following documents should be provided: the notarized written statement from the hosting individual, which should give the surname, first name, patronymic, date of birth, citizenship, sex, passport number, address of registration, and address of the actual residence of the hosting individual, as well as the surname, first name, other names, date of birth, citizenship, sex, passport number, multiplicity of the visa, purpose of travel, requested period of entry, location of intended residence of the visa applicant, and the cities to be visited.

The host individual could be either a Russian citizen registered on the territory of the Russian Federation or a US citizen who has the permit to stay on the territory of Russian Federation for more than 90 days (i.e. work permit, common student multiple visa, diplomatic visa of the employee of the USA diplomatic missions or consulates on the territory of the Russian Federation).

Humanitarian Visa

When applying for a humanitarian visa in addition to the valid passport and the visa application form: a written statement from the host organization, which should indicate: the full name of the organization, its official address and contact information, the surname, first name, patronymic, and position of the person who signed the statement (if the host organization is a legal entity or enterprise, an institution or their affiliate established in the territory of the Russian Federation – the individual taxpayer number), and basic information regarding the visa applicant: the surname, first name, other names, date of birth, citizenship, sex, passport number, multiplicity of the visa, purpose of travel, requested period of entry, location of intended residence of the visa applicant, and the cities to be visited.

Tourist Visa

When applying for a tourist visa in addition to the valid passport and the visa application form: confirmation of the hotel reservation, a contract for provision of tourist services, confirmation of reception of the tourist. The abovementioned documents shall have register number from the Uniform Federal Register of the Tour Operators of the Russian Federal Tourism Agency and the seal of the host organization.

The Russian Side shall also have the right to request, if needed, additional documents/evidence which shows the purpose and length of the applicant’s planned trip, the applicant’s financial means sufficient for a stay in Russia and the applicant’s intent to depart the Russian Federation after the trip:

- a bank statement from the applicant;

- a statement from the employer regarding the applicant’s wages for the preceding year, half year or month; 

- medical insurance valid in the country to be visited and fully covering the period of the first trip;

- documents regarding the applicant’s ownership of property in the country of his citizenship;

- a certificate on the makeup of the applicant’s family.

additional information and/or documents from applicants as may be needed in particular cases.

The Russian Diplomatic Missions and Consulates shall make decisions on visa application, as a rule, within 10 calendar days from the date of the initiation of their processing. The period of time for making a decision on a visa application may be extended in individual cases, in particular when scrutiny of the application is needed. 

In urgent cases an expedited multiple-entry visa on the base of the direct invitation of the host organization or an individual can be issued. The period of time for making a decision on an urgent visa application may be reduced to 3 working days. When making such a decision a Russian Consular officer has the right to request additional documents confirming the urgent need of an expedited visa (an airplane, ship or train ticket, a «last minute» tourist tour, etc. shall not be considered as such documents).