Step-by-step instructions

Steps to obtaining a Russian Visa

We ask that you acquaint yourselves with the step-by-step instructions on the proper procedure prior to submitting your documents in person or by mail to a visa center.

Step 1

Choose a visa type that best suits your intent of travel to the Russian Federation, and familiarize yourself with all the necessary documents required to obtain it.

Step 2

Please ensure you have met all the paperwork requirements for obtaining your visa. Submission of a complete and accurate set of documents will expedite your visa processing time, and will grant the quickest turnaround.

Step 3

Fill out and print your visa application that is located on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at:

Step 4

Please indicate which Visa Processing Center you will be submitting your documents to:

Russian Visa Center ILS (Washington D.C.)
Russian Visa Center ILS (Houston)
Russian Visa Center ILS (Seattle)
Russian Visa Center ILS (San-Francisco)
Russian Visa Center ILS (New York)

Step 5

Print your completed Visa Application, and place a wet signature in the appropriate place.

Step 6 A

Submit your documents to your desired visa center during normal business hours without an appointment. Likewise, you may schedule an appointment, if you so choose.

Step 6 B

Mail all of you documentation to the visa center, using any mail carrier that you see fit, if you find it more convenient. Prices by mail include the return envelope and postage via UPS Certified Mail.