You don’t have to watch the news for very long to learn that the United States’ diplomatic relationship with Russia is strained, to say the least. However, a wide range of US businesses have great working relationships (if you’ll excuse the pun) with Russian businesses. If your company is one of them, you may be in need of a Russia business visa.
Russia business visas come in a variety of lengths. As a US passport holder, you can get a Russian business visas that last as little as one month and are only good for one entry. You can also get visas as long as three years that are good for multiple entries. The three year, multiple-entry visa is the most expensive, of course, but the visa prices go up so incrementally that it is recommended to get the longest visa to save yourself time and money in the long run.
Applying for a Russia business visa isn’t as simple as hopping online and ordering one. The first thing you’ll need to do is get a letter of invitation. You can order this right off of Swift’s website, or you can ask your contact in Russia if they can provide one. Once you have your letter in hand, you can obtain your business visa.
Other documents that you will need for your application include the Russian visa application, which can be filled out online; a valid passport with at least two blank pages and six months or more of validity remaining; and a passport photo. If you use a third party like Swift to submit your application, you will also need a letter of authorization, which Swift can provide.
If you have more questions about how long it will take to get a business visa to Russia, filling out your application, the fees, or anything else, the team here at Swift can help. We’re available around the clock to answer questions, expedite visa and passport applications, and even provide corporate visa services to everyone who travels on your team.
Rob Lee is co-founder of Swift Passport and Visa Services. Originally from Michigan, Rob is an avid fisherman and SCUBA diver who enjoys adventure travel.