General Information on Visas
In order to improve visa services, starting from May 2, 2012, the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York is outsourcing its visa application processing to the "Invisa Logistics Services LLC" company.
US citizens, foreign nationals and non-nationals are advised to apply for the Russian visas to the above-mentioned company's Visa Center located at:
Suit 302, 80 Maiden Lane, New York, NY, 10038
Tel. (212) 430-59-90, Fax. (212) 430-59-93
Business hours: 9.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.,
Lunch time: 12.00-13.30 p.m.
Please be advised that the current Visa Center service fee is $ 33.00 per visa. Consular tariffs remain the same.
For more information visit WWW.ILS-USA.COM
Dear Applicants! You are welcome to contact Visa Center Information and Consultation Service on visa issues at: 1-202-827-0880
US applicants for Russian visas can apply directly to the Visa Section of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation. For applying directly you are required to appear in person for a visa interview at
the Visa Section of the Consulate General from 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. Please comply with the following procedure and have the following information/documents available.
(Tourist\visa processing agencies have to submit applications to the ILS only)
Travel to Russia requires an entry visa. The Consulate General issues different categories of visas to Russia based upon the
purpose of the trip and the duration of stay in Russia.
The following documents should be submitted in order to obtain a visa according to its category:
Completed visa applications (two for a
multiple re-entry visa), signed by the Applicant only. All information must be typed or printed in block letters in English. Incomplete visa application forms shall not be processed.
APPLICATION, AVAILABLE ONLINE AT HTTP://VISA.KDMID.RU
RUSSIAN VISA APPLICATIONS PREPARED USING THE OLD FORMAT OR IN A DIFFERENT WAY ARE NOT ACCEPTED ANY MORE.
All questions in the application form should be answered. If a question is
not applicable to the applicant, he should put “N/A”.
Each application form must be signed by the visa applicant personally.
Valid national passport (original only and it should have at least two clear visa
pages). It must be valid no less than six months after the visa expiration date. Holders of travel documents such us:
Permit to Re-Enter the United States of America, Travel Document, etc. must submit valid Permanent Resident
Card (an original and a copy).
Two pictures of an applicant.
Russian Visa Photo Specifications.
Money Order or Certified Bank Check made out to the Russian Consulate for visa processing. Please note that we do not accept cash,
credit or debit cards, personal or company checks.
Visa processing fees are:
Single Entry or Double Entry Visa:
Multiple Entry Visa for one year:
Multiple Entry Visa for three year:
(*)The day of submission/delivery is NOT INCLUDED in processing time.
Dear spectators of the XXII Olympic and XI Paralympic
Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi!
Since December 1, 2013 tourist visa formalities for a period up
to one month for foreign citizen- and stateless person - spectators
of the Games have been simplified.
Since December 1, 2013 visa requests by spectators of the Games shall be
accepted through specially designated "Olympic windows" in Russian consulates,
as well as visa centers. If there is no possibility of organizing "Olympic windows",
the visa applications of the Games spectators will be processed out of turn. On
request of the spectator the visa can be issued on the same day.
To obtain the above-mentioned tourist visa a foreign citizen or a stateless person has to submit the following documents:
I. Valid passport;
II. One colored photo 3,5x4,5 mm;
III. The completed visa application form available at HTTP://VISA.KDMID.RU;
IV. Medical insurance valid on the territory of the Russian Federation (if needed);
V. Electronic or facsimile copy (no hard copy needed) of confirmation of "Reception of the foreign tourist"
issued by the Russian tour operator placed on the Unified Federal Register of Russian Tour Operators.
The procedure of issuing such confirmation is established by the current Russian legislation. However, the
accommodation of the applicant in Russia (name and address of the hotel) shall not be indicated in the confirmation
(this document may be issued by a Russian tour operator or a travel agency in your country that works with
the Russian Federation on a permanent basis);.
VI. One of the documents listed below (any of them at the applicant's discretion)
that confirms the intent of a foreign citizen to become a spectator of the Games.
1) an entrance ticket allowing to attend sporting events and/or the Games ceremonies;
2) an electronic confirmation of purchasing a ticket issued by Sochi 2014 Organizing
Committee or by one of the authorized ticket resellers abroad;
3) a Spectator Pass.
To apply for a three year Tourist visa, an applicant should
submit a completed visa application form, national passport, two standard passport pictures, Money Order (see points 1-4 of
General Information), as well as:
- Confirmation of the hotel reservation, a contract for provision of tourist services, confirmation of reception of the tourist,
and register number from the Uniform Federal Register of the Tour Operators of the Federal Tourism Agency.
To apply for a three year Business visa, an applicant should submit a
completed visa application form, national passport, two standard passport pictures, Money Order (see points 1-4 of General Information),
as well as:
- Written statement from the host organization, which should give: 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 (Homestay Visa)
When applying for a three year Private Visa, in addition to the visa application form an applicant must have:
- 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.
Private for the relatives (husband, wife, minor child) of the Russian Citizen who has residency in US
If your wife or husband is a Russian Citizen with valid Russian Foreign Passport and US residency and you intend to travel to Russia together
she\he may submit special application to the Consulate to issue Private Visa for you or (and) your joint minor child.
Visa processing time for this type of visa application is not less than six business days (no express service).
This type of visa can be valid for the period up to three months only.
RUSSIAN CITIZEN - APPLICANT MUST SUBMIT APPLICATION IN PERSON ONLY
Special application to the Consul General of the Russian Federation in New York (click)
Copy of the valid Russian Foreign Passport of the applicant-Russian citizen and
document confirming her\his US residency (Green Card, US Passport).
Original or copy of Marriage Certificate or Child's Birth Certificate.
Original or copy of Russian or US Court Decision with full custody over the child has to be
submitted only if visa applicant-Russian Citizen is not a biological parent.
To apply for a three year Humanitarian visa, an applicant
should submit a completed visa application form, national passport, two standard passport pictures, Money Order
(see points 1-4 of General Information), as well as:
- Written statement from the host organization, which should indicate: 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 о f travel, requested period of entry, location of Intended residence of the visa applicant, and the does to be visited.
To apply for a Student visa, an applicant should submit a completed visa
application form, national passport, two standard passport pictures, Money Order (see points 1-4 of General Information), as well as:
- Original letter of Invitation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs or its Regional Office.
- If you apply for a student visa, you should submit original HIV blood test (AIDS) Certificate. This certificate is valid for 3 month only.
If you submit the documents for student visa, please be aware that the national passport has to be valid for no less than one and a half-year.
All documents should be submitted not less than 6 business days prior to the entry to the Russian Federation.
To apply for a Work visa, an applicant should submit to the Consulate a completed visa application form,
national passport, two standard passport pictures, Money Order (see page 1 points 1-4 of General Information), as well as:
If you apply for a work visa, you should submit original HIV blood test (AIDS) Certificate.
This certificate is valid for 3 month only (HIV blood test should be taken not earlier than 3 months before applying for a visa).
Original letter of Invitation from the Ministry of Internal Affairs or its Regional Office.
If you submit the documents for work visa, please be aware that the national passport has to be valid for no less than one and a half-year.
All documents should be submitted not less than 6 business days prior to the entry to the Russian Federation.
Transit visa can be issued for no longer than 3 days!
To apply for a transit visa, an applicant should submit to the Consulate a completed visa application form, national passport, two standard
passport pictures, Money Order (see page 1 points 1-4 of General Information), as well as:
- Visa of the country of destination;
- Tickets for the whole itinerary.
Information for EU passport holders
On the 1st of June, 2007 the Russia-EU Visa facilitation agreement came into force and according to its
provisions visa processing fees are changed for the citizens of the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Greece, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands,
Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Estonia.
Citizens of these countries should submit national medical insurance certificate valid for Russia or guarantee of medical coverage from
a Russian hosting organization for all period of stay. Medical insurance certificate should contain Russian contact number for emergency or assistance.
However these provisions are not valid for the countries which did not sign the Agreement: the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Iceland and Norway.
Holders of diplomatic passports of the countries mentioned above do not need a visa to enter Russia for 90 days.
The fees are:
The Consulate also has the right to call the applicants for an interview and request, if needed:
- 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.
- Non-US citizens should also provide proof of legality of their stay in the USA (US Resident Alien status, form I-94) when applying for a visa.
- Applicants who used to be citizens of the USSR or of the Russian Federation and then emigrated from the USSR or from Russia must submit one of the documents
which confirms that they are no longer citizens of the Russian Federation (so called "Visa to Israel" or stamp in their passport saying that they left for "permanent
residence abroad" before the 6th of February, 1992 or official document certifying that their Russian citizenship was renounced), otherwise the applications will not
be accepted. A naturalization certificate is to be submitted also.
- Visa processing starts only after the Consulate has collected all necessary documents.
- Visa Processing Fee is not refundable.
- Type of visa or dates of entry/departure can not be changed or extended.
- Documents for visa must be submitted by an applicant in person, through an authorized travel agency or by an applicant's legal representative.
Documents delivered by messenger services are not accepted.
- After the visa is received it should be checked by the traveler and, if necessary, returned to the Consulate for corrections.
- Processing time, requirements and fees are subject to change without notice.
- In accordance with the International Law, in certain cases the Consulate is entitled to consider visa applications as long as it necessary. Visa can be denied
if the Consulate has serious reasons to believe that an applicant's entry into or stay in the territory of the Russian Federation will not be desirable.
- Please be advised that one can not have two valid visas in one passport. In this case the first visa is to be cancelled.
ИНФОРМАЦИЯ ВЫСОКОКВАЛИФИЦИРОВАННОМУ СПЕЦИАЛИСТУ
Внимание граждан Российской Федерации
Статья 6 Федерального Закона Российикой Федерации
"О порядке выезда и въезда в Российскую Федерацию"
от 18 июля 1996 года гласит, что
"Выезд из Российской Федерации и въезд в Российскую Федерацию
граждане Российской Федерации
осуществляют по действительным документам,
удостоверяющим личность гражданиниа Российской Федерации
за пределами территории Российской Федерации".
На основании данного документа визы в Российскую Федерацию гражданам России
In accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation dated February 10, 2003 Migration Card (part A and B) should be completed by
all foreign Citizens in the Russian/English language in BLOCK LETTERS.
Migration Card sample
The Card is to be presented to the Russian Border Control officer along with a national passport and travel documents.
Migration Card can be obtained on board of a plane, in a train or at a Border Control Office.
Please be advised, that you should register with a local office of the Ministry of the Interior within three working days of arrival at the hotel
or other organization rendering hotel services (this rule is applied to all foreign Citizens except those arriving at the invitation of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs). It is not necessary to register if the visa is for two to three days only. (Central Moscow Registration Chamber Tel: 495 202 2963).
Negligence can result in penalties and fines.
Registration outside the territory of the Russian Federation is illegal and may entail serious consequences and penalties.
Please keep part B of the Migration Card along with your passport until the departure passport control procedure.
Hours of operation
9.00 am - 4.00 pm
1.00 pm- 2.00 pm - lunch time
9.00 am - 3.30 pm
1.00 pm- 2.00 pm - lunch time
Visa applications - daily from 9.00 am - 12.30 pm (appointment is not required)
Interviews - daily from 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm
You may contact us via telephone or e-mail:
From the USA:
From the Russian Federation:
You are also welcome to contact Visa Center Information and Consultation Service on visa issues at: 1-202-827-0880
In order to expedite and improve visa obtaining process as well as for security concerns visa section is
no more processing visa applications by mail, starting from June 1, 2010.