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| Updated on Nov 2, 2018

Russia visa for Americans

Acquire an electronic visa for Russia is not possible presently. Still, iVisa can assist you with the invitation letter as long as the destination is far-east Russia (the rule applies only to that region). An invitation letter is mandatory in order for you to get a consular visa, whether for both tourism and business purposes. Americans can get their letter as fast as two hour with iVisa’s help and by simply following few simple steps.

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What do you need to provide?

iVisa will assist Americans to obtain an invitation letter and get through the whole application process without difficulty. All you have to do is to submit the required documents. iVisa can begin the process one you have all the needed below:

  • Valid passport – chances are that you already posses one. Just make sure that you take a look at its expiry date. Additionally, the passport needs to be valid for at least another six months from your date of arrival in Russia. Your application will be denied if your passport will expire soon.

  • Valid e-mail address – after processing, iVisa will send you the invitation letter via e-mail. It is extremely important to provide a valid e-mail address. Make sure that the spelling is correct. Otherwise, your visa may end up to someone else or nowhere at all.

  • Proof of accommodation – you can produce such evidence by uploading a hotel booking, Airbnb confirmation, or you can upload a letter from a host in Russia.

  • Arrival and departure date

  • Number of entries you wish to make

  • Proof of income – this is not always required, but a bank statement should suffice.

  • Business card – this applies to people who want to travel to Russia on a business visa.

  • Mode of payment – you need to pay the service fee before submitting your application. For convenience, iVisa accepts PayPal in addition to credit/debit cards payment.

How Americans can apply?

The application process itself only consists of three steps. After getting all the needed documents, you can start accomplishing the online form. In the event that you will need assistance, iVisa’s customer service is ready to help you anytime.

First thing to do for Americans needs is to provide some general information. After that, select the type of your invitation letter (single-entry or double-entry tourist, business) and the processing time. Those factors will help determine the cost of your visa so be wise in choosing.

The next step will ask Americans to review the information provided and make the payment. Since it is impossible to do corrections after the application is processed, reviewing and revision are really more crucial than people thought about it.

The last step will ask you to upload additional documents. The number and type of the document will be case to case basis.Hit the submit button once all steps have been completed, then just wait for the invitation letter.

Processing time and fees

As mentioned previously, the visa cost depends on the type of the letter you want and processing time. Luckily for you, iVisa comes with three processing time:

  • Standard – your application will be processed within one business day when you select this option and it will cost you only $25.

  • Rush – this option will charge you $50 but the timeframe is reduced to 6 hours.

  • Super Rush – you can select this option for $75 if you are in urgent situation. Your application processed within just 2 hours.

The fees mentioned above to a single-entry tourist visa. For a double-entry visa, the processing time remains the same with a price increase of $10 for each processing time. The business invitation letter processing time changes to 3, 2, and 1 business day. As for the fee, you will be charged $75, $100, and $125 respectively.

Americans will need to go to the Russian embassy to have an interview once the invitation letter was received. Remember to print letter you receive from iVisa in color. Some additional documents might be needed so it is best if you call the embassy to get that information since it’s a case to case basis.

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