Information, Applications and Procedures for:
Russia Business Visas
Due to high call volume, a dedicated toll-free number for Russian visas has been established. Please call 1-800-417-4023 for a Russia Visa Specialist.
Due to a new visa procedure incorporated by the Outsourcing company that processes Russia visa applications, RUSH processing is not a guarantee and may be extended. Purchasing non refundable tickets is not recommended and A Briggs is not responsible for the delays. Please allow additional time for processing.
Effective September 9, 2012, US citizens are now eligible for multiple-entry business, homestay/private, humanitarian and tourist visas that are valid for 3 years (36 months) from the date of issue of the visa. For these visas, each individual stay must be no longer than 6 months, and your passport should be valid 6 months beyond visa expiration date of the visa.
A valid passport and visa are required to enter Russia. Americans arriving without valid passports and the appropriate visa may not be permitted to enter and will be subject to a fine and immediate deportation at the traveler's expense.
Immunization Requirements: Please see the Center for Disease Control for the current immunization requirements for travel abroad. Be sure to click on all countries to which you are traveling to review the immunization requirements for each.
Please follow the instructions below. After you read all the instructions, if you have any questions, call us at 1-800-417-4023 before you start the process.
Items required to secure your visa to Russia.
Submit your current, valid, signed Passport. It must not expire within 6 months and must have at least 2 blank visa pages. If you do not have the proper blank visa pages in your passport, you must first amend your passport to have pages added. A Briggs will secure your visa using the added pages. If your passport expires within six months, you must renew your passport and then we will secure your visa with the new passport.
The Embassy of Russia requires your passport be signed prior to submission. If you are acquiring a new passport book through A Briggs, the new passport book must be returned to you, signed, and then returned to A Briggs; additional shipping fees apply to all shipments made on an A Briggs shipping account.
When you place the online application, you will be asked to create a Login ID and answer a security question. Please print both the login and the answer to the security question and send them with the rest of requested items.
Submit a recent, 2x2 Passport Photograph taken by a passport photographer. It must not be a digital or non-passport style photograph.
Passport Photo Requirements
The San Francisco consulate requires two passport photos for multiple entry requests.
We can prepare passport photographs for you at select A Briggs office locations nationwide.
Passport Photo Locations
If you are not a US citizen, submit your proof of your legal long-term US residency (i.e. US Permanent Resident Card or US visa). A photocopy is acceptable.
Submit a computer-generated flight itinerary from your travel agent, airline, or online booking agency or a copy of your ticket(s). A photocopy is acceptable. It must indicate your name, date of arrival and departure from Russia and flight information.
If you are applying for a visa of up to one year validity, submit an original letter of invitation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
If you are applying for a visa of three year validity, submit a notarized statement from your host organization. The statement must be on company letterhead and be addressed to the Russian embassy in Washington DC (or the appropriate consulate the application is being submitted to). The statement must include:
- Full name of the host organization
- Full address and contact information of the host organization
- Full name, position and phone number of the person who signed the statement (should be a manager or a head of the company)
- Individual taxpayer number of the inviting organization
- Your full name, date of birth, citizenship, sex, passport number, address and contact phone number in the USA
- Purpose of visit in detail and category of requested visa
- Dates of travel, number of entries requested, period of stay, cities to be visited (note: all dates should be in dd mmm yyyy format; example: 20 Dec 2012 - Dec 19 2015)
- Your address of stay in Russia
If you do not have an invitation, and need assistance securing it, A Briggs can secure one for you. To have us do so, fill out the form below and include it with your documents. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact us at 1-800-417-4023.
Note: A Briggs cannot assist with invitiations for 3-year visas for travel associated with either a public company or a company with a presence in Russia. Such invitiations must come directly from that company; or, if you requires assistance in acquiring an invitation, apply instead for a visa with a shorter validity.
Fees and processing time for the invitation letter are quoted for US citizens. If you are a NON US citizen, please contact A Briggs for more specific information. Fees for invitation letters are charged separately from fees for securing visas.
Russia Business Invitation Request
Submit a signed Business Cover Letter from a US company on company letterhead. It must indicate the purpose of your trip, duration of your stay and your company's moral and financial responsibilities for you.
Example Business Cover Letter
If you are under 18 years of age and you are not accompanied by both parents, submit a Letter of Consent. It must be signed by the non-accompanying parent(s). It must indicate who will be traveling with you and that your parents agree to the trip.
If you are not a US citizen, submit proof of medical insurance which provides coverage for your entire stay in Russia. A copy of your medical card is acceptable.
If you are a European Union passport holder, then in addition to a copy of your insurance card, submit a printout an official web page containing the contact information for your insurance representatives in each city you will visit in Russia.
The Embassy and Consulates General of Russia reserve the right to request, if needed, additional documents/evidence which show 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.
The validity of your visa will match the dates specified in the invitation exactly. You will not be able to stay in Russia past the dates specified.
Rush and Emergency processing times are not available for 3-year validity visas.
Applications submitted in the San Francisco consular jurisdiction cannot be more than 45 days in advance of the date of entry into Russia.
||Validity ||Processing Time
||Single || 170.00
||1 month ||10-20 days
||Single || 280.00
||1 month ||6 days
||Double || 170.00
||3 months ||10-20 days
||Double || 280.00
||3 months ||6 days
||Multiple || 180.00
||1 year ||10-20 days
||Multiple || 480.00
||1 year ||6 days
||Multiple || 190.00
||3 years ||15 days
NOTE: Processing times are business days, and do not include weekends, holidays, and regular consular closings. The first day begins the day after your package is received by A Briggs except in the case of pre-arranged same day service when available. Prices are per applicant.
The A Briggs fees for Russia visas are:
$100 for Non-Rush processing.
$165 for Rush processing.
Prices are per applicant.
You must complete the Online Order Form.
The order form gives us your name, address, shipping information and payment method. Multiple applicants can be entered using one order form. Please print two copies of the confirmation page. Include one copy with the documents you ship to us and keep one copy for your records.
While completing the online order form in this step, you will be asked how you want to pay A Briggs. You may pay our fees online with a credit card or enclose a personal or business check or money order.
Click here to fill out the online order form.
A Briggs Passport & Visa Expeditors
1921 Sunderland PL NW
Washington, DC 20036
Carrier Specific Shipping Notes
On the FedEx air bill, check the box in 4a "FedEx Priority Overnight".
Do NOT ship "First Overnight" unless instructed otherwise by an A Briggs agent; this will delay the delivery of your package.
The UPS Shipping Document must indicate "UPS Next Day Air". Any other type of UPS service is NOT acceptable.
For shipments via USPS Express Mail or other shipping providers, please follow the instructions carefully when completing the air bill.
Note: Additional shipping costs must be charged to a credit card for each package shipped to an international destination and the following locations: Alaska, Hawaii, and all U.S. Territories.
Saturday Delivery is an additional $14 when available to US destinations.
Failure to follow these instructions may cause a delay in processing, and could also result in additional charges on your order for shipping, such as: before 8:00am delivery, Saturday Delivery, etc. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us toll free at 1-800-806-0581.
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