Important Visa Information

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
I. 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.
Please have a look at the recommended list of documents for the submission of additional information regarding confirmation of the purpose of travel and the availability of funds upon the issuance by the Russian Federation of 3-year multiple-entry business, private, humanitarian, and tourist visas.

Dear US Applicants,
Please be advised that effective July 10, 2014 the new processing fees of $160 will be charged for non-urgent Russian single or double-entry visas in the business, private, humanitarian and tourist categories.
In this respect – in the purpose of full implementation of 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 – we would recommend you apply for a three year multiple entry visa.

II. Russian Visa Center in the United States
Under the agreement between the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the United States of America and the company «Invisa Logistics Services LLC», in improving visa services, US citizens, foreign nationals and stateless persons may apply for all Russian visa types at the above-mentioned company's Visa Center. The company is nationwide, with five offices: Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, Houston, and Seattle.
Please be advised that the current Visa Center service fee is $ 33.00 per visa.
Consular visa tariffs remain the same.
For more information visit www.ils-usa.com.
For your convenience, you may reach Call-Center Representatives at:
(202) 827-0880 or e-mail your inquiries to: [email protected]
Monday-Friday (Eastern Time)
9.00 a.m. - 1 p.m.
2.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.
Technical break: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Call-Center Representatives are standing by to answer any questions you may have regarding the visa process or general consular inquiries.

III. Foreign applicants for Russian visas can apply directly to the Consular Division of the Embassy of the Russian Federation.
Prior to submitting your visa application to Russian consulate you must make an appointment on the following web-site. For applying directly you are required to appear in person for a visa interview at the Consular Division from 9 a.m. till 12.15 p.m. Please, comply with the general visa obtaining procedure and have available all the documents concerning your trip. Tourist\visa processing agencies have to submit applications to the ILS only.

IV. All applications for Russian visas submitted in the United States must be prepared using the electronic visa application form at the website http://visa.kdmid.ru.
Russian visa applications prepared using the old format or in a different way are not accepted any more.

V. Procedure for trips by foreign nationals to the Republic of Crimea (Russian Federation)