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, US and Japan 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 make an online application). It will be sent via DHL to the address you will have indicated.
Please note that a multiple entry visa is only available for people who have been issued a Russian visa before. A copy of your previous visa should be enclosed to your new application. If this visa was processed before 2013, we strongly recommend that you should contact your local Russian consulate and make sure that a multiple entry visa would still be available.
February 23-24 are official holidays in Russia. The Russian governmental institutions including the consulates abroad will be closed.
The visa support applications submitted after 5PM February 22 will be taken to processing on Monday, February 27. E-mail messages will also be answered after the holidays.
INVITATIONS PROCESSED BY AUTHORIZED RUSSIAN COMPANY (FOR EU, US, JAPAN and CHINA)
As per the governmental agreement between Russia, several European countries*, the US, Japan and China 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, Croatia, 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
ELECTRONIC INVITATIONS via FMS
A Telex is a visa directive sent by the Russian Federal Migration Service 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 to the consulate for an actual visa. A paper copy of a telex does not exist and is not required. Please note that the authorities may find it necessary to take an application to additional control. In this case the sending of a telex may be delayed a day or two.
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.
Invitations processed via FMS for citizens of developing countries and People's Republic of China