Business Visa Application Requirements for a Russia Visa

  1. Passport

    You must provide your actual signed passport, including one copy of the personal information page of your passport. Your passport must:

    • Have at least one blank visa page
    • Be valid for six months beyond the validity of your requested visa

    If your passport does not meet the above requirements, please contact CIBTvisas at 800-929-2428 for further details.

  2. Photographs

    You must provide two color, passport-type photograph that meets the following criteria:

    • Be taken within the last three months and printed on high-quality photo paper
    • Be taken against an all white background
    • Be two inches by two inches
    • Provide the full frontal view of your head with your face centered in the middle and displaying a neutral (non-smiling) expression
    • You may wear neither eyeglasses nor headwear except for religious purposes
    • Your photo should not be affixed to your application and it may not display evidence of adhesive tape or staples

  3. Business Introduction Letter

    A letter of introduction from your US-based company is required. Your completed introduction letter must:

    • Be printed on your company’s official letterhead
    • Display an original signature
    • Specify the number of entries requested
    • Include the dates and length of your stay
    • Include the validity of your requested visa

  4. Russia Business Invitation

    You must obtain an official Russian Business Invitation to travel to Russia.  CIBTvisas can obtain a Russian Business Invitation on your behalf.  Consult the form in this application kit for more information about this helpful service.

     

    If you have secured your own invitation you need to send us the original. Copies are not accepted by the consulate.

     

    If you have secured your own Telex then you must apply for your Russia Business visa in the city where the Telex is approved.  That city may be different than the city where you have been directed to processes your visa.  If you are unsure then confirm this information with the organization that provided the Telex.

  5. Visa Application Form

    The Russian Consulate requires a visa application completed online. The application must be completed online by all travelers, and can be found at https://visa.kdmid.ru/. This application, hosted by the Russian government, may take up to an hour to complete and requires very detailed information. For Washington DC visa issuing office, select "Visa Application Center ILS (Washington)" in the drop down box. Your visa request cannot be processed if you do not complete the application form online. Your completed application must:

    • Provide answers for all fields (handwritten changes are not accepted)
    • Include your name as it appears in your passport
    • Include the institution or organization in Russia to be visited
    • Be signed inside the box found directly below the section where we will attach your photograph
    • Be accompanied by a copy of your Application ID and password

  6. CIBTvisas Order Form

    You must provide one completed CIBTvisas Order Form. The form must:

    • Include a valid email address and payment information, if applicable
    • Include your signature in blue or black ink

  7. Former Russian Nationals Only

    You must provide a cover letter stating the date that you renounced your Russian citizenship. The consulate will not issue a visa to former Russian nationals who do not supply this cover letter.

  8. Minors Traveling to Russia

    All minors must submit a copy of his or her birth certificate.  Other conditions may apply:

    • If the minor is traveling to Russia with only one parent or without both parents he or she must submit a notarized original letter of consent providing permission from the non-accompanying parent or legal guardian to travel to Russia on the specified dates of the trip.  Those signing this letter must provide copies of his or her driver’s license and passport information page
    • If the minor is adopted then you must submit a copy of the adoption papers in addition to a copy of the birth certificate
    • If the parents already hold a Russian visa then they must provide a copy of the Russian visa showing validity that covers the minor’s travel dates
    • If the parents are Russian citizens they must provide certification of Russian citizenship

  9. Activities in Russia

    If you will not be staying in a hotel, or are engaging in activities other than business, additional documentation will be required. For more details, please contact CIBTvisas for more information.

  10. Former Soviet and Ukrainian Citizens

    If you were born in a state of the former Soviet Republic or Ukraine, you must supply a copy of your Soviet or Ukrainian passport along with a letter stating when you immigrated to the US.

  11. Special Eligibility Visa

    The Russian Federation offers US nationals the opportunity to apply for a three year multiple entry visa.  To be eligible for consideration, the traveler must have a passport valid for at least three and a half years beyond date of first entry into Russia with at least two blank pages.

    Applicants should expect to submit further documentation.  Processing time is a minimum of 15 days. For further information about how to apply for this visa contact a CIBT Customer Care Specialist.

  12. Paper Invitation for Travelers Age 65 and Older

    Travelers age 65 and older are not permited to secure a Russian Business Invitation Telex.  CIBTvisas can assist travelers age 65 and older in securing a Russian Business Invitation printed on paper or a Tourist invitation.

  13. Urgent Applications

    For urgent visa applications which carry a tight deadline, we offer a Pre-Check service to save applicants valuable time. Once you have collected the required documents for your visa application and completed the visa application form, simply scan these items and email them over to our team. One of our experienced Visa Consultants will check the documents and contact you to advise of any potential problems within 3 hours of receipt of the email, preventing unnecessary delays to your application. For more information on this service visit http://cibtvisas.com/visa-pre-check-service.php

  14. Optional Form-Fill Service

    The Russian Consulate requires a visa application completed online. CIBTvisas offers an easier solution to our clients: the visa application questionnaire included in this kit. Simply provide answers to all the fields on the included optional Russia Visa Questionnaire and a CIBTvisas visa specialist will complete and review the visa application for you within 48 hours. You will be contacted if any information is inaccurate or incorrect saving you valuable time and expense. A separate fee applies for this optional service.

Tourist Application Requirements for a Russia Visa

  1. Passport

    You must provide your actual signed passport, including one copy of the personal information page of your passport. Your passport must:

    • Have at least one blank visa page
    • Be valid for six months beyond the validity of your requested visa

    If your passport does not meet the above requirements, please contact CIBTvisas at 800-929-2428 for further details.

  2. Photographs

    You must provide two color, passport-type photograph that meets the following criteria:

    • Be taken within the last three months and printed on high-quality photo paper
    • Be taken against an all white background
    • Be two inches by two inches
    • Provide the full frontal view of your head with your face centered in the middle and displaying a neutral (non-smiling) expression
    • You may wear neither eyeglasses nor headwear except for religious purposes
    • Your photo should not be affixed to your application and it may not display evidence of adhesive tape or staples

  3. Russian Tourist Visa Support Letter

    You must obtain an official Russian Tourist Visa Support Letter to travel to Russia.  CIBTvisas can obtain a Russian Tourist Visa Support Letter on your behalf.  Consult the complete application kit to obtain the forms and instructions for this service. 

  4. Visa Application Form

    The Russian Consulate requires a visa application completed online. The application must be completed online by all travelers, and can be found at https://visa.kdmid.ru/. This application, hosted by the Russian government, may take up to an hour to complete and requires very detailed information. For Washington DC visa issuing office, select "Visa Application Center ILS (Washington)" in the drop down box. Your visa request cannot be processed if you do not complete the application form online. Your completed application must:

    • Provide answers for all fields (handwritten changes are not accepted)
    • Include your name as it appears in your passport
    • Include the institution or organization in Russia to be visited
    • Be signed inside the box found directly below the section where we will attach your photograph
    • Be accompanied by a copy of your Application ID and password

  5. CIBTvisas Order Form

    You must provide one completed CIBTvisas Order Form. The form must:

    • Include a valid email address and payment information, if applicable
    • Include your signature in blue or black ink

  6. Former Russian Nationals Only

    You must provide a cover letter stating the date that you renounced your Russian citizenship. The consulate will not issue a visa to former Russian nationals who do not supply this cover letter.

  7. Minors Traveling to Russia

    All minors must submit a copy of his or her birth certificate.  Other conditions may apply:

    • If the minor is traveling to Russia with only one parent or without both parents he or she must submit a notarized original letter of consent providing permission from the non-accompanying parent or legal guardian to travel to Russia on the specified dates of the trip.  Those signing this letter must provide copies of his or her driver’s license and passport information page
    • If the minor is adopted then you must submit a copy of the adoption papers in addition to a copy of the birth certificate
    • If the parents already hold a Russian visa then they must provide a copy of the Russian visa showing validity that covers the minor’s travel dates
    • If the parents are Russian citizens they must provide certification of Russian citizenship

  8. Activities in Russia

    If you will not be staying in a hotel, or are engaging in activities other than business, additional documentation will be required. For more details, please contact CIBTvisas for more information.

  9. Former Soviet and Ukrainian Citizens

    If you were born in a state of the former Soviet Republic or Ukraine, you must supply a copy of your Soviet or Ukrainian passport along with a letter stating when you immigrated to the US.

  10. Special Eligibility Visa

    The Russian Federation offers US nationals the opportunity to apply for a three year multiple entry visa.  To be eligible for consideration, the traveler must have a passport valid for at least three and a half years beyond date of first entry into Russia with at least two blank pages.

    Applicants should expect to submit further documentation.  Processing time is a minimum of 15 days. For further information about how to apply for this visa contact a CIBT Customer Care Specialist.

  11. Optional Form-Fill Service

    The Russian Consulate requires a visa application completed online. CIBTvisas offers an easier solution to our clients: the visa application questionnaire included in this kit. Simply provide answers to all the fields on the included optional Russia Visa Questionnaire and a CIBTvisas visa specialist will complete and review the visa application for you within 48 hours. You will be contacted if any information is inaccurate or incorrect saving you valuable time and expense. A separate fee applies for this optional service.

  12. Urgent Applications

    For urgent visa applications which carry a tight deadline, we offer a Pre-Check service to save applicants valuable time. Once you have collected the required documents for your visa application and completed the visa application form, simply scan these items and email them over to our team. One of our experienced Visa Consultants will check the documents and contact you to advise of any potential problems within 3 hours of receipt of the email, preventing unnecessary delays to your application. For more information on this service visit http://cibtvisas.com/visa-pre-check-service.php

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A premier league soccer team was given short notice to obtain multiple visas for their players in order to compete in an upcoming Russian exhibition match.  However, the players were out of the country on break.

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