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Visa and invitation services

We provide a full invitation support service for both business and tourist travel to the Russian Federation.

 

Obtaining your invitation locally is normally much more cost effective than having a single service from a visa agent and can be telex directly to your required embassy and your agent.

 

Use the form to the left for a fast and reliable service.


Local Visa Agent

A worry free efficient service which allows you to save time and have all the hard work done by a professional accredited Russian visa agency in your residing country.  

 

Your dedicated agent will know all the consulate's requirements, complete the lengthy forms and queue at the required consulate to complete the Russian visa application process. 

 

We will arrange the invitation on our end for a smooth application.

Need some Help?

Try the bottom right hand corner to talk to a human to help you with your Visa support questions or leave a message for times when we are out of the office. 


Visa Invitation Service

Video journal of train service from Paris to Moscow. Great for people who are not able to fly, this can be connected to the United Kingdom via Eurostar train services.

Relocation Services

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  • Preliminary needs assessment
  • Make arrangements for airport transfers with friendly drivers who speak your language
  • Introductory briefing on living in Moscow
  • General overview of area and map orientation
  • Accompanied Area tour, featuring healthcare, transportation facilities, sports and leisure facilities, shopping centres.
  • Accompanied property viewings, where needed
  • Comprehensive “welcome pack”, that gives you a comprehensive introduction to all spheres of life in Moscow.
  • and much much more

An example of what we provide to our travellers:

We offer a variety of services, ranging from Orientation through to Departure and arrival assistance, tailored to specifically meet the individual requirements of any relocation.

 

Our team with expertise and knowledge of the internal market provides a comprehensive approach allowing foreign employees and there families to smoothly and easily adapt to a new environment and a new way of life here in Russia.

News


Biometric data for British and 3 more trail countries (26/09/14)

Russia plans to start collecting fingerprint data from visa applicants from four selected countries in Europe, Asia and Africa as part of a pilot project from January 2015.

Applicants in Britain, Denmark, Myanmar and Namibia will all have their fingerprints scanned as part of the initiative, reported Interfax.

 

Yevgeny Ivanov, the director of the Foreign Ministry's consular department, told the news agency that the pilot will determine the feasibility of collecting biometric data at other Russian diplomatic and consular facilities.

 

The project had been under consideration for several years and is not part of any tightening of requirements for Russian visa applicants, he added.

 

Ivanov noted that the countries of the European Union’s Schengen zone will start collecting biometric data about all Russian applicants in a mandatory procedure from 2015.


Russian Language, History and Law Now Required

From 1st January 2015, foreign nationals wishing to obtain permanent residence in Russia, or to renew or obtain a work permit, will be required to provide a certificate from an accredited institution, evidencing their knowledge of Russian language, basic legal framework and history. 


Highly skilled workers, their dependants, as well as those under 18 years of age and over 60 will be exempt from this requirement. Students at some accredited institutions will also be exempt, as well as those who have qualifications dating prior to 1991 from former Soviet countries, where Russian was a compulsory part of the curriculum.


Russian speakers from former Soviet countries will also be able to obtain Russian citizenship via a simplified process, including passing an exam before a special committee. Further details and changes are expected to be published shortly, with the new process coming into effect in July 2014.


Processing times for work permits and permanent residency are expected to be somewhat lengthened, whilst the new evidential requirements are implemented and institutions receive accreditation for issuing the necessary certificates.


Russian Expats - Dual Citizenship Dilemma (14/07/2014)

Russian's with dual citizenship will be required to registar the possession of the 2nd passport with the Russian arthourities by August 5th 2014. If you need help with this or if you would like more information on some of the aspects to look out for regarding this new law, like how will if effect Russian born children of Expats here in Russia. Please contact us using the contact page for a more personal view. 


IOS 7.1.2 Issues and Problems at release (14/07/2014)

The Apple update to IOS 7.1.2 has been effecting some models of both the Ipad and Iphone, before you install the update make sure you do a full back up via your computer or you may loss all your data and have the Apple logo showing. This is a well documented issue and the fix is simple with the loss of data. 


IOS 7 IOS 6 Facetime not working (03/15/2014)

A life line to some for calling home is Apples Facetime software available on most Apple devices beyond apple Iphone 4.

 

The software is working on almost all IOS7 devices, however due to the change in software in the lastest update, the IOS 6 devices are having trouble being able to communicate over Facetime.

 

Apple is aware of the problem and is looking into the matter, however this may not be a quick fix for all as the problem has been running for most than 5 days now. 

 

Please update your device on both calling devices to the latest IOS7 to help resolve the issue.


VFS GLOBAL IN RUSSIA (01/03/2014)

From the following dates , VFS Global Services Ltd will no longer provide UK visa application services in  Russia.

Ekaterinburg: 21 March 2014
Moscow: 22 March 2014
St Petersburg: 26 March 2014
Rostov on Don: 28 March 2014
Novosibirsk: 29 March 2014


From these dates customers should book their appointment on www.visa4uk.fco.gov.ukas part of their online application.

Please go to the Teleperformance website to read more about the changes to the location of the UK visa application centre, costs and the services that will be provided. The address for the Teleperformance Visa Application Centres in Russia are:

UK Visa Application Centre

Liga Naciy
91 Suvorova Street
Rostov on Don
Russia

UK Visa Application Centre
Korin Business Centre
70 Bolshakova Street
Ekaterinburg
Russia

UK Visa Application Centre
57 Sibirskaya
Novosibirsk
Russia

UK Visa Application Centre
Delta Plaza 1
2nd Syromyatnichesky Lane
Moscow
Russia 

UK Visa Application Centre
26 Liteyniy Prospekt
St Petersburg
Russia

UK Visas & Immigration  has made some changes to  the application process for most visitor applicants applying at the Visa Application Centre in Moscow.  

From 17 February 2014 most visitor applications made in Moscow, are being assessed by UK Visas & Immigration in Sheffield (UK). The changes only affect visitor applications who do not use the priority visa service. All full list of the application categories effected can be found below.

To facilitate this process visit applicants should provide:

- A copy of the front page only of the application form
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A full copy of the valid passport (and the old passport, if it is provided) with stamps and visas
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Two identical colour ‘passport’ photographs which meet the UKVI requirements
- A copy of all supporting documents, which are attached to the visa application (both in Russian and in English).

Please note the following example:

1. If the applicant provides a certificate in Russian and English, he must make a copy of the Russian-language document and a copy of the English translation.
2. If the applicant provides an invitation from the UK in English, he must also provide a copy of this invitation.

The Moscow Visa Application Centre will send all original documents, including passports, to the British Embassy in Moscow. Copies of application forms, passports and supporting documents will be sent to Sheffield. There is no additional charge for sending applications to the UK.  These changes will help ensure that everyone’s application is assessed as quickly as possible.

Applicants who come with incomplete documents will be requested to complete all documentation and then re-submit the application with a new ticket.

These changes only affect the Visa Application Centre in Moscow and do not apply to VACs in other cities.
Only those applying in the following categories need to provide the additional copies:

ACADEMIC VISITOR VISIT - PROSPECTIVE ENTREPRENEUR
DIRECT AIRSIDE TRANSIT VISIT - RELIGIOUS WORKER
JOINING SHIP VISIT - STUDENT
PROSPECTIVE STUDENT VISIT - STUDENT VISITOR ENGLISH
REPLACEMENT BRP VISIT - ENTERTAINER
VISIT VISIT - SPORTSPERSON
VISIT - FAMILY VISIT VISIT - VISITING PROFESSOR
VISIT - BUSINESS VISIT - FILM CREW
VISIT - CHILD ACCOMPANIED VISIT - IN TRANSIT
VISIT - CHILD AT SCHOOL VISIT - MARRIAGE/CP
VISIT - CHILD UNACCOMPANIED VISIT - MEDICAL TREATMENT
VISIT - CLINICAL ATTACHMENT VISIT - PLAB TEST
VISIT - DENTAL OBSERVATION VISIT - PERMITTED PAID ENGAGEMENT
   

Who decides if I will get a visa?
 

Your visa application will be processed and decided by UK Border Agency staff. VFS staff does not, play any part in or influence the outcome of your visa application. If VFS staff claims to be able to influence your application, you should notify in writing the Head of Visa Services at the British Embassy in Moscow. You can find their address on the UK Visas & Immigration pages on the UK Government services and information website.

 

The above is for information only - please request to talk to one of our specialist for further information on the changes made to the UK Visa application service as it is subject to change without notice.

 

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