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Russian Business Visa

Russian Business Visa

Russian business visa is the most popular type of Russian visa for businesspeople and long-term trips.

The cost and the processing time of a business visa depends on several factors:
  • visa's validity period and number of permitted entries
  • who issues Visa Invitation and how it is submitted to the Consulate
  • visa and Visa Invitation's urgency
  • your citizenship and the purpose of visit
  • prices and quality of your visa assistant's services
As a rule, business visa is issued in 3–30 days and for 100–350 EUR. Business visas can be:
  • single- or double-entry valid for up to 3 months
  • multiple-entry valid for up to 1 year or up to 3 years in some cases.
According to the Russian legislation, the complete term of stay in Russia on a business visa should not exceed 90 days within each 180 days.
Invitations for business visa can be:
  • Electronic Invitation from the Migration police – is issued by the local Department of the Russian Migration police upon the request of Russian accredited companies. It is submitted to the chosen Consulate.
  • Official Invitation-Letter – issued directly by the Russian organization and is available only for citizens of the USA, Norway, Switzerland, Japan and EU (except for citizens of the UK and Ireland)
  • Invitation-Letter from the CCI is issued by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation for citizens of the European Union (except the Great Britain and Ireland), the USA, Norway, Switzerland, Japan, Liechtenstein, India, China and Iran.

Samples of invitations for the Russian business visa

Electronic Invitation from the Migration police
Electronic Invitation from the Migration police
Invitation-Letter from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation
Invitation-Letter from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation
Invitations for business visa can be submitted to the Russian Consulates in different forms:
  • Electronic Invitation from the Migration police, so-called "Telex" – invitation from local Department of the Russian Migration police is sent directly to a specific Russian consulate;
  • Original or copy of the Letter of Invitation from a Russian organization – depending on the number of entries of visas, citizenship and other factors, the consulate may require original of invitation and has the right to issue visa within 10 days;
  • Original or copy of the Letter of Invitation from the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry – depending on the number of entries of visas, citizenship and other factors, the consulate may require original invitation and has the right to issue visa within 10 days.
Russian visa can be obtained by a foreigner only at the Russian Consulate in the country of which citizen he/she is.
Citizens of the Schengen countries can obtain a visa in any country-member of the Schengen Area.
To receive a Russian visa in a third country, one must submit a residence or work permit in this country.

Business visa can be extended only in exceptional cases (such as a serious illness) and only upon the request of your Visa Sponsor. We strongly recommend you to keep in mind the expiry date of your visa in order to avoid problems upon departure from Russia.

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Prices for Russian business visa invitation

The complete term of stay in Russia should not exceed 90 days within each 180 days.

Electronic Invitation from the Migration police

Number of entries Visa's validity period Processing time
12 w.days 17 w.days
Single-Entry 30 days 220 140
90 days 230 150
Double-Entry 30 days 240 160
90 days 250 170
Multiple-Entry 180 days 290 200
365 days 300 220
  • Processing time is indicated without taking into account a day of creation of the order. If the order is placed after 1100 AM, one more working day is added.
  • Notarized translation of the residence permit – 50 EUR. The service is required if a foreigner is going to obtain a visa at the Russian consulate in a country of which he/she is not a national.

Official Invitation-Letter from a Russian organization

Number of entries Visa's validity period Processing time
in 15 minutes
Is available for citizens of EU (except for citizens of the UK and Ireland), Japan, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Single-Entry 30 days 45
90 days 55
Double-Entry 30 days 50
90 days 65
Multiple-Entry1 90 days 70
180 days 80
365 days 95
730 days2 170
For US citizens
Multiple-Entry 1095 days 210
1 Only if the person already had and used a Russian visa within the previous year.
2 Only if the person already had 2 multiple-entry visas and used them within the last 2 years; the possibility of obtaining must be coordinated first with the Consulate.
  • Visa issuance process at the Russian Consulate takes up to 10 days.
  • Correction of Invitation-Letter – 20 EUR.

Invitation-Letter from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation

Number of entries Visa's validity period Processing time
2
w.days
3
w.days
Is available for citizens of EU (except for citizens of the UK and Ireland), Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
For citizens of India the price is increased by 35 EUR
Single-Entry 30 days 70
90 days 75
Double-Entry 30 days 85
90 days 100
Multiple-Entry 180 days1 0
365 days1 160
730 days2 245
1095 days3 290
1825 days4 310
For US citizens
Multiple-Entry 1095 days3 290
For citizens of Japan
Single-Entry 90 days 75
Multiple-Entry 1095 days3 290
1 Only if the person already had and used a Russian business visa within the previous year.
2 Only if the person already had 2 Russian business visas or 1 multiple-entry 365-day business visa and used them within the previous year; the possibility of obtaining must be coordinated first with the Consulate.
3 Only if the person already had 2 multiple-entry 365-day business visas and used them within the previous year. The possibility of obtaining must be coordinated first with the Consulate.
4 Only if the person already had 2 multiple-entry 365-day business visas or 1 multiple-entry 730-day business visa and used them within the previous year. The possibility of obtaining must be coordinated first with the Consulate.
  • Processing time is indicated without taking into account a day of creation of the order. If the order is placed after 11:00 AM, one more working day is added.

Frequently asked questions about business visa

Should I indicate the exact dates of my trip while ordering a Visa Invitation or can I put approximate dates?

You should indicate the exact visa start and expiry dates; however, you can travel to Russia at any time within this period. We recommend you to indicate the maximum validity period of the chosen business visa, for example, 90 days. Please keep in mind that visa is valid only for the exact dates, so you can neither enter the country earlier your visa’s starting date, no overstay its validity.

Can I obtain a new visa without leaving Russia?

As a rule, you should leave Russia to get a new visa at the Russian Consulate. We recommend you to apply for a new Visa Invitation well in advance and to choose the most convenient Consulate to obtain a visa.