An Official Letter of Invitation issued by the Federal Migration Service (FMS) or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Russia is required to apply for a Russian Humanitarian visa, you must request your host to secure an invitation on your behalf in order to apply for a visa. A letter of invitation is considered to be the first step in applying for a humanitarian visa to Russia.
Effective Jan 2017 a high quality color copy will now be acceptable for a Single entry invitation only, however it is still recommended to send the original if you are able too.
If the official Russian visa invitation was submitted directly to the Embassy of Russia or Russian Consulate by "Telex", provide a record of the visa telex invitation number and details.
Information from the invitation is needed to complete the Russian Visa Application Form. You must have the invitation, or have the information from your host, before you can complete the Russia visa application form.
A 3 Year Multiple Entry visa invitation can also be issued directly by your host company or organization.
3 Year Multiple Entry Visa Invitation Option
**If you select this option as your Letter of invitation, ONLY Regular processing (7-9 Days) will be available. Rush or Emergency processing are not available to you.
**This option is only for 3 Year Multiple entry visa. If you wish to apply for a Single, Double, 6 or 1 year Multiple entry visa can cannot use this option of invitation.
A written Letter of Invitation on company letterhead from the host organization in Russia which should indicate the following information:
*Full name of the host organization.
*Official address and contact information of the host organization.
*Surname, First Name, patronymic, and position of the person who signed the statement, this person must hold a position of General Manager or higher to be eligible to sign the Invitation Letter. The individuals taxpayers number is required.
Basic information about the visa applicant is also required in the statement, information included should be:
*Surname, First name and any other given names.
*Date of birth.
*Passport Number, date of issue, date of expiration and place of issue.
*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)
*Purpose of travel.
*Location of the intended residence of the visa applicant.
*Cities to be visited.
This Letter of Invitation must be written in Russian, the letter cannot be in English.