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Offline eich

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A visa to Russia issue
« on: May 10, 2018, 03:52:59 PM »
A Russian woman I am writing to online told me that it was not a problem for her to get a visa to the US sometime ago. I thought it was still difficult. Additionally I have heard that it could be difficult for me to get one to Russia this summer due to the current political climate. But the info seems rather vague to me
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Re: A visa to Russia issue
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2018, 04:21:59 PM »
my whole family just got 3 multi-entry visas a couple of months ago
 

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Re: A visa to Russia issue
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2018, 04:23:58 PM »
eich it's not that it's more difficult it's simply that Russia is now requiring more information. It's a bit more paperwork. Get a service to advice
you. It costs a few dollars but is worth it.

I'm married to a RW, have lived and worked in Russia and been there quite a few times. IMO, it is best to get advice from a service on how to fill out the paperwork or from someone who is knowledgeable and has done it a number of times.

http://ru.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/russian-visas/
http://www.russianembassy.org/page/important-visa-information
http://www.wanderlustingk.com/travel-blog/russian-visa-for-americans-guide

As for the chances of a RW getting a visitor's visa to the US, it's possible. My wife visited the US in the 90s however when we were married and living in Moscow she was refused a visa to visit the US with me in 2004. Why? We never found out. She had no criminal record. She never served in the Russian/USSR military. She wasn't a former KGB agent. She owned property, had a job, had money in the bank.

When we finally moved to the US there were no problems. I had hired an immigration lawyer and she said it's not uncommon for foreign spouses to be denied a visa when the couple lives abroad.

The refusal rate for US visas for Russians is about 11.61%. It's lower than for citizens of China, India and the Philippines.

http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Statistics/Non-Immigrant-Statistics/RefusalRates/FY17.pdf

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Re: A visa to Russia issue
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2018, 04:21:18 AM »
Not anymore.  Almost impossible to schedule interview appointment in Russia now days,  it shows 250 days to wait in Moscow. I have no idea how long it will take to get Russian visa for husband,  we'll know next week. 

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Re: A visa to Russia issue
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2018, 05:50:00 AM »
here in the states getting a visa to Russia is pretty fast and easy
I have a "fixer" in the Russian consulate  in Florida
who deals with all the oligarch's living in Mimai
took about a week to get four 3-year multi-entry visas for my family
cost was crazy though!!!
I filled out the visa applications in Russian without my wife's help!!!

 

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