If you are planning a trip to Russia and you know that you must go to the consulate and apply for a visa, then you are aware that a Russia invitation letter is required for the application process. If you are curious as to how a Russia invitation letter sample looks like, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section, and you will be able to take a look. However, chances are you will not understand anything since the letter is in Russian.
How to obtain a Russian invitation letter
Disregarding how a Russia invitation letter sample looks like, if you go to Russia, you need one so that you can apply for your visa. iVisa can help you in that department. We cannot process visa applications, but we can facilitate the process of getting the invitation letter. Here is what you need:
- Passport – if you want to apply for a Russian invitation letter, you need to hold a passport that is valid for at least another 6 months from the date of arrival in Russia. Do not forget to check the expiry date before you apply.
- Accommodation information – you need to have proof that you have a place to stay while in Russia. You do not have to book a hotel before you apply, but you need to be able to provide the accommodation information.
- Established travel dates – if you do not know the exact travel dates, you need to be able to provide the closest approximation possible. You do not have to book a flight before you apply.
- E-mail address – iVisa will send you the Russian invitation letter via e-mail in PDF format. You need to print it out in color before you take it to the consulate.
- Means of payment – iVisa accepts multiple methods of payment so that you can use the one that is most convenient for you. Credit and debit cards are allowed, but you can use PayPal, Alipay, or WeChat as well.
The next thing on your to-do list is the application form. The form is short and quite straightforward, but if you need assistance, you can contact iVisa’s support service 24/7 without charge.
You will notice how the application form consists of three steps. The first one requires you to insert your personal information, travel details, and passport info. You also need to select a processing time and a vis type before you move on. You are provided with three options:
- Standard processing – your application is processed within 24 hours, and you are charged $30.
- Rush processing – your invitation letter is ready within 12 hours, and you must pay $55.
- Super Rush processing – you receive your Russian invitation letter in just 30 minutes, but you need to pay $80.
Keep in mind that the processing time options and fees above apply when you need a Tourist invitation letter with a single entry and a 30-day validity period. If you want a double-entry Tourist visa, things are a bit different:
- Standard – your application is processed within 24 hours, and you are charged $40.
- Rush – your invitation letter is ready within 6 hours, and you must pay $65.
- Super Rush – you receive your Russian invitation letter in just 30 minutes, but you need to pay $90.
For a Business invitation letter, the following applies:
- Standard – your application is processed within 5 business days, and you are charged $80.
- Rush – your invitation letter is ready within 3 business days, and you must pay $105.
- Super Rush – you receive your Russian invitation letter in 2 business days, but you need to pay $130.
The second step asks you to make the payment and revise your form; while the third wants you to upload the application’s supporting documents. At this point, you are done.
Feel free to check out the Russia invitation letter sample we prepared for you in the FAQ section, but you have to admit that obtaining it is not difficult when you use iVisa.