Private visas are designed for those visiting friends or family in Russia. It can be valid for up to 90 days and allows a maximum of two entries.
To obtain a visa you must have an original invitation letter issued by one of the Federal Migration Service offices. The process of obtaining such an invitation is time consuming and difficult (especially for your friends or relatives) and may take up to three months.
Please note that there is a simplified visa application procedure for the family members of Russian citizens accompanying them to Russia. Applications are accepted from citizens of the Russian Federation lawfully staying in the UK who must be present in person at the time of application submission to sign the visa request form. The inviting person is also responsible for registration a foreign citizen with the local branch of the Federal Migration Service within 7 working days after foreigner citizen’s arrival to Russia.
This Private visa is valid for up to 3 months and can be issued for single or double entry.
Russian immigration law is constantly changing and often confounding to those unfamiliar with the rules, procedures, and practices. For in depth advice relating to your specific needs and information about other visa categories, please feel free to contact us.