An Official Invitation, issued by the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation.
Original Invitation: Sample One
Your relatives or friends (Russian citizens residing in Russia) should provide you with an official letter of invitation bearing your personal data and registered with a local office of the Russian Interior Ministry (OVIR office). Your host must obtain this certificate for you and send the original invitation to you so you can apply for your visa.
Effective Jan 2017 a high-quality color copy will now be acceptable, the original invitation is no longer required, however, it is still recommended.
This option is valid for a Single Entry Visa only.
A written invitation from a Russian citizen located in the US addressed to the Russian Consulate on behalf of their close relative, spouse, or minor who is a foreign citizen, that will accompany them to Russia, along with:
- Copy of a valid external Russian passport of the inviting party;
- Copy of Green card or US passport of the Russian citizen who is inviting;
- Copy of the husband's passport (wife or children);
- Copy of Marriage Certificate or Birth Certificate of the child;
- Copy of Round-Trip airfare with specific dates.
**This option is only for 3 Year Multiple entry visas.
** If you select this option as your Letter of Invitation, ONLY Regular processing (7-9 Business Days) will be available. Rush or Emergency processing options are not available to you.
For a 3-year visa, a notarized written statement on a notary blank from the hosting individual residing in Russia.
The host individual could be either a Russian citizen registered in the territory of the Russian Federation or a U.S. citizen who has the permit to stay in Russia for more than 90 days. (i.e. work permit, student visa, diplomatic visa as an employee of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.) If the host is a Russian citizen, a photocopy of the domestic and internal passport must be attached. If the host is not a Russian citizen a copy of the passport and valid Russian visa must be attached.
A written invitation from your host must be made in Russia on a notary blank, or a notarized written invitation from a Russian citizen located in the USA by providing copies of their valid Internal Russian Passport with registration, valid Russian foreign passport, and their status in the U.S. such as a US Passport or Green Card.
A NOTARIZED Letter of Invitation from the hosting individual, the letter should state the following:
*Surname, First Name.
*Date of birth.
*Address of registration.
*Actual residence of the hosting individual.
Notarized Letter of Invitation must also include:
*Applicant's First name, surname, and any other given names.
*Date of birth.
*Multiplicity of the visa.
*Purpose of travel.
*Letter must state applicant wishes to apply for a 3-year Multiple Entry Visa and the period of stay from dd/mm/yyyy to dd/mm/yyyy (e.g. 23 June 2013 to 22 June 2016)
*Location of intended residence of the visa applicant.
*Cities to be visited.
Note: Letter of Invitation MUST be written in Russian.