How to Obtain a Russian Visa Cheaply
- 1). Download a visa application form from the homepage of the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC (see Resources). Print the downloaded form.
- 2). Complete the form, making sure you write in block letters using only a black pen, typewriter, or a computer; do not use ink pens. If you complete the form by hand, write legibly.
- 3). Have a 35 mm by 45 mm photograph taken of you within six months of your visa application. If you are applying for a multiple entry visa, provide two passport-sized photos. Have the photo(s) taken against a plain background.
- 4). Glue the passport photo to the marked space on the visa application form.
- 5). Gather supporting documents for your application, which includes an official letter of invitation from your host in Russia, if you are applying for a business visa, or a tourist voucher and confirmation from a Russian travel agency, if you are applying for a tourist visa.
If you are applying for a business visa, your Russian host must be registered with the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Similarly, if you applying for a Tourist visa, the travel agency you use must be registered with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- 6). Pay the processing fee for your visa by making a money order payable to the Russian Embassy or Consular office that has jurisdiction over your state of residence (see Resources). As of May 2010, the cheapest processing fee for a single entry tourist or business visa was $131.
- 7). Contact the Russian consular office that has jurisdiction over your state of residence (see Resources) and schedule a visa appointment. Some consular offices do not require applicants to schedule a visa appointment.
- 8). Attend your visa appointment, and then submit your application materials to the Russian visa officer. Depending on your visa fee type, expect to have your visa processed within 20 days, if not sooner.