A business invitation to Russia may be issued by:|
-the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) or its regional representatives;
-the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS)or its local offices;
-an authorized Russian company (this type of invitation can only be used by EU and US passport holders)
We suggest that you contact your local Russian consulate and make sure that an electronic copy of the invitation would be sufficient. The original is available upon request (you can order it to be delivered when making an online application). It will be sent via DHL to the address you will have indicated.
Please note that March 10th is an official holiday in Russia. The Russian governmental institutions including the consulates abroad will be closed.
The visa support applications submitted after March 7th will be processed on March 11th.
INVITATIONS PROCESSED BY AUTHORIZED RUSSIAN COMPANY (FOR EU AND US ONLY)
As per the governmental agreement between Russia, several European countries*, and the US, EU/US passport holders are eligible to obtain a business visa using an invitation issued on a registered Russian company letterhead. An official invitation processed via FMS or MFA is no longer complusory for a business visa processing.
* Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
INVITATIONS PROCESSED VIA FMS
This type of invitation is required for nationals of the countries that did not sign an agreement with Russia on the simplification of the visa regulations. We especially recommend it for citizens
of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada and non-European or North American countries.
Business visa support Telex
A Telex is a visa directive sent by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Russian consulate of your choice. Once the telex is ready, its number will be sent to you and you should refer to it when applying at the consulate for an actual visa. A paper copy of a telex does not exist and is not required.