How to Get a Private/Home Stay
Visa for Russia

Russian Private/Home Stay Visas are issued for:


Visiting Family in Russia • Visiting Friends in Russia
Stay at a Private Residence in Russia

Get a Private/Home Stay
Visa to Russia in Just 
4 EASY STEPS:

Get a Private/Home Stay
Visa to Russia in Just 
4 EASY STEPS:

Step 1:
Gather Documents

Step 2:
Complete Forms

Step 3:
Ship Documents

Step 4:
Place Order

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Getting Visas to Visit Family & Friends
in Russia has never been easier!

UVC Step by Step Russian Home/Private Stay Visa Help Guide 
 Easy to Follow Comprehensive Instructions
Detailed Application Requirements
Current Entry Information
Secure Online Ordering 
Downloadable Forms

STEP 1: RUSSIA TOURIST VISA


Carefully Review the Following Information & Gather Together the Required Documents

Russia Visa Overview

Home/Private Stay Visas can often be rather difficult and time consuming, particularly for your friends or relatives. It is recommended whenever possible to instead apply for a Tourist or Business visa.


Russian Private Visit Visas are Appropriate for those foreigners who have relatives or friends in Russia.

Private visa can be single- or double-entry with the maximum validity period of 90 days.


The Russian Family Member Visit Visas are Intended for close relatives who accompany a foreigner staying in Russia on a long-term business, work or other visa as well as on permanent Residence Permit.

If your close relatives (spouse, children under 18, disabled children aged 18 years and dependents) are traveling with you, they may apply for the Family Member Visa issued together with your visa on the basis of your Visa Invitation.

 

Passport


Your Actual, Currently Valid & Signed Passport must be submitted with your Russia Home/Private Stay Visa Application.
The passport needs to have a minimum two blank side by side visa pages and must not be expiring 6 months or less from the date you return into the United States.

U.S citizens should note that the last six pages of your U.S. Passport cannot be for entry/exit stamps or visa issuance. These are amendment pages specifically designated for U.S. State Department use only.

If your passport does not meet current Russian Home/Private Stay Visa Requirements, UVC can process your Russia Visa Application and your application to Renew Your U.S. Passport, to add Additional Passport Pages, or to Get a New U.S. Passport back to back and in time for your trip.

 

Photo


Two Passport Photographs are required for your Russia Home/Private Stay Visa Application submission.
The photo's should be:

  • in color & not blurry;
  • 2×2 in size;
  • front view with body completely facing forward;
  • on a plain white background;
  • with no glasses or head wear;
  • not older than 90 days;
  • taken at a reputable facility such as Walgreen’s, CVS or Fed Ex.

 

Invitation Letter


An official Invitation Letter is Required to apply for a Russian Tourist Visa. This is also know as a Tourist Voucher or Hotel Confirmation.

UVC can obtain your Russian invitation letter for you quickly & easily. Simply authorize us to acquire it when completing the Russia Tourist Visa Order Form. When completing the Online Russia Tourist Visa Application Form, in the trip details section, you should:

  • type the word "Atlanta" where it asks for your travel company;
  • type Six Zero's (000000) where it asks for registration & confirmation numbers.

UVC will input your actual Tourist Voucher information for you once your application is received.


If you have acquired an Invitation Voucher on your own, input the travel company name, confirmation number and registration number in the trip details section of the Online Russia Tourist Visa Application Form.

If you cant find or cant read this information on your invitation, you should:

  • type the word "Unknown" where it asks for your travel company;
  • type Six Zero's (000000) where it asks for registration & confirmation numbers.

UVC will input your actual Tourist Voucher information for you once your application is received. Ensure to include a copy of the invitation when you ship your documents.

Your Invitation Confirmation/Tourist Voucher must be from an authorized Russian travel agency or a hotel registered with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and must have the required registration number & confirmation numbers.  As there are many fake & unauthorized invitation letters from Fraudulent websites, if you are unsure of the legitimacy of your invitation, you may email a copy to info@usvisaconnection.com for verification.

 

For Minor Applicants (Under Age 18)


All minors traveling to Russia must have a letter of consent signed by both of the child's parents or legal guardians.

For children accompanying the parents, the Russian tourist visa application form should be completed and signed by both parents.

For minors not applying for a visa at the same time as the parents/guardians, the following must also be submitted with the child's Russian tourist visa application:

  • a clear copy of the parents/guardian's Russian visa or certificate of Russian citizenship;
    AND
  • a clear color copy of the main information pages of both parents passports;
    AND
  • a clear color copy of the child's birth certificate;
    AND
  • an original signed letter from at least one parent which should authorize the Consulate of Russia to issue a Russian tourist visa for the child and explain who the minor will be traveling with to Russia.

 

Former Russian Nationals


Former Russian Nationals Applying For a Russian Tourist Visa must provide documentation to prove that you no longer possess Russian Citizenship. This documentation should be:

  • a copy of a USSR passport with a stamp stating you left Russia for permanent residence abroad prior to February 6th 1992;
    OR
  • a copy of a visa to Israel issued prior to February 6th 1992;
    OR
  • a copy of a Naturalization Certificate issued prior to 1996;
    OR
  • a document confirming the renunciation of your Russian citizenship;
    OR
  • a copy of the main pages of a passport of a former USSR state, issued after February 1992.
For Adults claiming Russian non-citizenship: Complete, print and sign two copies of the Russian Non-Citizenship Form, this form states you do not hold Russian citizenship.

For Minors claiming non-citizenship: Complete, print and sign two copies of the Russian Non-Citizenship Form for Children of Russian Citizens, this form states that they are not a registered citizen of Russia.


If none of the above proof of Russian non-citizenship is available; then the applicants must provide a written detailed statement of explanation.

Important Note: In accordance with Russian law, visas can not be issued to For Russian citizens with expired Russian passports, in accordance to Article 12 of Russian law concerning Russian Federation Citizenship, any child born to two parents who are Russian citizens automatically gains Russian citizenship regardless of their place of birth. In this case a visa will not be issued and the minor applicant must:

  • apply for Russian citizenship;
    OR
  • have their information written into the passport of one of their parents;
    OR
  • obtain a Russian passport from the nearest Consulate/Embassy of Russia.

 

Former Soviet and Ukrainian Citizens


Applicants born in a state of the former Soviet Republic or Ukraine must supply a copy of their Soviet or Ukrainian passport along with a letter stating when they immigrated to the United States.

 

More Important Instructions & Helpful Information


It is recommended that applicants carry copies of their passport main page, Russian Visa, and Invitation Letter with them to Russia.


Applicants must register their visa locally at a OVIR (Office of Visas and Registration) or Police Station within 72 hours of their arrival into Russia.


The extension of a Private visa is possible only in exceptional cases such as a serious illness. It is strongly recommended to keep in mind the expiration date of your visa in order to avoid problems & penalties upon departure from Russia.


Applicants applying for 3-year multiple entry visa must provide a bank statement showing a minimum balance of $3000.00 and proof of international medical insurance valid in Russia.


Embassy Requirements and Consular Fees are subject to change without prior notice at the discretion of the Russian Government.


The Russian Embassy maintains the right to request a personal interview from applicants as may be needed in particular cases. The Russian Embassy also maintains the right to request at any time additional documents showing the purpose and length of the applicant's trip to Russia, proving the applicant possess sufficient finances for their stay in Russia and verifying the applicant's intent to exit Russian Federation territory when the trip concludes.

These documents may include:

  • A Bank Statement from the applicant;
  • A statement from the applicants employer verifying wages;
  • Proof of Medical insurance valid in the Russia;
  • Proof of property ownership ownership of property in the country of his/her citizenship;
  • Family Birth Records;

 

STEP 2: RUSSIA HOME/PRIVATE STAY VISA


Carefully Complete the Following Required Forms

Russia Tourist Visa Application Form


Complete, print, and sign two copies of the Online Russia Home/Private Stay Visa Application Form.

Helpful Notes: 

  • You will get a application ID number and create an application password. Ensure to save this information as UVC will need this to be able to make corrections or amendments to your application are required;
  • Where it asks from what country you will be applying, choose "United States";
  • Where it asks for the visa issuing office, choose the option "ILS Houston".

 

STEP 3: RUSSIA HOME/PRIVATE STAY VISA


Select Your Preferred Shipping Method 

Shipping Instructions

Shipping Instructions

Please send all required documents, completed forms and a printed copy of your order confirmation to:


US Visa Connection

Address: 510 Earls Court Drive, Katy TX 77450
Phone: 877-VISADOC (847-2362)

Once your order has been completed, your passport with visa will be returned to you with the shipping option you choose. It is highly recommended all documents be shipped using FedEx.

 

Shipping Fees

Shipping Fees


FedEx Return Shipping FedEx Logo
Continental USA Only Price
Overnight - Next Business Day $38.00
2 Day - 2nd Business Day $28.00
Saturday Delivery $48.00
Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, USVI Price
Next Day / 2 Day (No Saturday Delivery) $48.00
International Price
Call UVC for Prices (Varies by Location) Varies

If you are sending a pre-paid return label or will be using a FedEx or UPS account, you can supply that information when placing your order.

 

STEP 4: RUSSIA HOME/PRIVATE STAY VISA


Place Your order

Fees

Russia Home/Private Stay Visa Fees


U.S. Citizens: 

The US Visa Connection Fees for Russia Home/Private Stay Visas are:

  • Regular processing: 99.00 
  • Expedited processing: 149.00
  • Urgent Rush processing: 199.00

 

The Russian Government Fees for Russia Home/Private Stay Visas are:


  • Single entry - Regular (8-10 days): 128.00
  • Single entry - Expedited (5-7 days): 218.00
  • Single entry - Urgent Rush (2 days): 248.00 

  • Double entry - Regular (8-10 days): 182.00 
  • Double entry - Expedited (5-7 days): 326.00
  • Double entry - Urgent Rush (2 days): 356.00

  • Multiple entries - Regular (8-10 days): 308.00
  • Multiple entries - Expedited (5-7 days): 578.00
  • Multiple entries - Urgent Rush (2 days): 608.00

 Please Note:

  • Validity of the Russian Home/Private Stay Visa is based on the letter of invitation and the discretion of the Russian Consulate;
  • The Russian Consular Fees above include a 5.00 money order fee;
  • “Days” are business days and do not include weekends or consular holidays;
  • Russian visa fees & processing times listed above are for all U.S. consular jurisdictions.

 

 

Place Your Order

Place Your Order


Complete, print & sign the US Visa Connection Visa Order Form.

The Order Form provides UVC with your contact, payment, and return shipping information as well as the level of service needed to meet your intended travel date.


Have Questions? Need Assistance?

Call the Doc!  877-VISADOC (847-2362)

STEP 1: RUSSIA TOURIST VISA


Carefully Review the Following Information & Gather Together the Required Documents

Russia Visa Overview

Home/Private Stay Visas can often be rather difficult and time consuming, particularly for your friends or relatives. It is recommended whenever possible to instead apply for a Tourist or Business visa.


Russian Private Visit Visas are Appropriate for those foreigners who have relatives or friends in Russia.

Private visa can be single- or double-entry with the maximum validity period of 90 days.


The Russian Family Member Visit Visas are Intended for close relatives who accompany a foreigner staying in Russia on a long-term business, work or other visa as well as on permanent Residence Permit.

If your close relatives (spouse, children under 18, disabled children aged 18 years and dependents) are traveling with you, they may apply for the Family Member Visa issued together with your visa on the basis of your Visa Invitation.

 

Passport


Your Actual, Currently Valid & Signed Passport must be submitted with your Russia Home/Private Stay Visa Application.
The passport needs to have a minimum two blank side by side visa pages and must not be expiring 6 months or less from the date you return into the United States.

U.S citizens should note that the last six pages of your U.S. Passport cannot be for entry/exit stamps or visa issuance. These are amendment pages specifically designated for U.S. State Department use only.

If your passport does not meet current Russian Home/Private Stay Visa Requirements, UVC can process your Russia Visa Application and your application to Renew Your U.S. Passport, to add Additional Passport Pages, or to Get a New U.S. Passport back to back and in time for your trip.

 

Photo


Two Passport Photographs are required for your Russia Home/Private Stay Visa Application submission.
The photo's should be:

  • in color & not blurry;
  • 2×2 in size;
  • front view with body completely facing forward;
  • on a plain white background;
  • with no glasses or head wear;
  • not older than 90 days;
  • taken at a reputable facility such as Walgreen’s, CVS or Fed Ex.

 

Invitation Letter


An official Invitation Letter is Required to apply for a Russian Tourist Visa. This is also know as a Tourist Voucher or Hotel Confirmation.

UVC can obtain your Russian invitation letter for you quickly & easily. Simply authorize us to acquire it when completing the Russia Tourist Visa Order Form. When completing the Online Russia Tourist Visa Application Form, in the trip details section, you should:

  • type the word "Atlanta" where it asks for your travel company;
  • type Six Zero's (000000) where it asks for registration & confirmation numbers.

UVC will input your actual Tourist Voucher information for you once your application is received.


If you have acquired an Invitation Voucher on your own, input the travel company name, confirmation number and registration number in the trip details section of the Online Russia Tourist Visa Application Form.

If you cant find or cant read this information on your invitation, you should:

  • type the word "Unknown" where it asks for your travel company;
  • type Six Zero's (000000) where it asks for registration & confirmation numbers.

UVC will input your actual Tourist Voucher information for you once your application is received. Ensure to include a copy of the invitation when you ship your documents.

Your Invitation Confirmation/Tourist Voucher must be from an authorized Russian travel agency or a hotel registered with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and must have the required registration number & confirmation numbers.  As there are many fake & unauthorized invitation letters from Fraudulent websites, if you are unsure of the legitimacy of your invitation, you may email a copy to info@usvisaconnection.com for verification.

 

For Minor Applicants (Under Age 18)


All minors traveling to Russia must have a letter of consent signed by both of the child's parents or legal guardians.

For children accompanying the parents, the Russian tourist visa application form should be completed and signed by both parents.

For minors not applying for a visa at the same time as the parents/guardians, the following must also be submitted with the child's Russian tourist visa application:

  • a clear copy of the parents/guardian's Russian visa or certificate of Russian citizenship;
    AND
  • a clear color copy of the main information pages of both parents passports;
    AND
  • a clear color copy of the child's birth certificate;
    AND
  • an original signed letter from at least one parent which should authorize the Consulate of Russia to issue a Russian tourist visa for the child and explain who the minor will be traveling with to Russia.

 

Former Russian Nationals


Former Russian Nationals Applying For a Russian Tourist Visa must provide documentation to prove that you no longer possess Russian Citizenship. This documentation should be:

  • a copy of a USSR passport with a stamp stating you left Russia for permanent residence abroad prior to February 6th 1992;
    OR
  • a copy of a visa to Israel issued prior to February 6th 1992;
    OR
  • a copy of a Naturalization Certificate issued prior to 1996;
    OR
  • a document confirming the renunciation of your Russian citizenship;
    OR
  • a copy of the main pages of a passport of a former USSR state, issued after February 1992.
For Adults claiming Russian non-citizenship: Complete, print and sign two copies of the Russian Non-Citizenship Form, this form states you do not hold Russian citizenship.

For Minors claiming non-citizenship: Complete, print and sign two copies of the Russian Non-Citizenship Form for Children of Russian Citizens, this form states that they are not a registered citizen of Russia.


If none of the above proof of Russian non-citizenship is available; then the applicants must provide a written detailed statement of explanation.

Important Note: In accordance with Russian law, visas can not be issued to For Russian citizens with expired Russian passports, in accordance to Article 12 of Russian law concerning Russian Federation Citizenship, any child born to two parents who are Russian citizens automatically gains Russian citizenship regardless of their place of birth. In this case a visa will not be issued and the minor applicant must:

  • apply for Russian citizenship;
    OR
  • have their information written into the passport of one of their parents;
    OR
  • obtain a Russian passport from the nearest Consulate/Embassy of Russia.

 

Former Soviet and Ukrainian Citizens


Applicants born in a state of the former Soviet Republic or Ukraine must supply a copy of their Soviet or Ukrainian passport along with a letter stating when they immigrated to the United States.

 

More Important Instructions & Helpful Information


It is recommended that applicants carry copies of their passport main page, Russian Visa, and Invitation Letter with them to Russia.


Applicants must register their visa locally at a OVIR (Office of Visas and Registration) or Police Station within 72 hours of their arrival into Russia.


The extension of a Private visa is possible only in exceptional cases such as a serious illness. It is strongly recommended to keep in mind the expiration date of your visa in order to avoid problems & penalties upon departure from Russia.


Applicants applying for 3-year multiple entry visa must provide a bank statement showing a minimum balance of $3000.00 and proof of international medical insurance valid in Russia.


Embassy Requirements and Consular Fees are subject to change without prior notice at the discretion of the Russian Government.


The Russian Embassy maintains the right to request a personal interview from applicants as may be needed in particular cases. The Russian Embassy also maintains the right to request at any time additional documents showing the purpose and length of the applicant's trip to Russia, proving the applicant possess sufficient finances for their stay in Russia and verifying the applicant's intent to exit Russian Federation territory when the trip concludes.

These documents may include:

  • A Bank Statement from the applicant;
  • A statement from the applicants employer verifying wages;
  • Proof of Medical insurance valid in the Russia;
  • Proof of property ownership ownership of property in the country of his/her citizenship;
  • Family Birth Records;

 

STEP 2: RUSSIA HOME/PRIVATE STAY VISA


Carefully Complete the Following Required Forms

Russia Tourist Visa Application Form


Complete, print, and sign two copies of the Online Russia Home/Private Stay Visa Application Form.

Helpful Notes: 

  • You will get a application ID number and create an application password. Ensure to save this information as UVC will need this to be able to make corrections or amendments to your application are required;
  • Where it asks from what country you will be applying, choose "United States";
  • Where it asks for the visa issuing office, choose the option "ILS Houston".

 

STEP 3: RUSSIA HOME/PRIVATE STAY VISA


Select Your Preferred Shipping Method 

Shipping Instructions

Shipping Instructions

Please send all required documents, completed forms and a printed copy of your order confirmation to:


US Visa Connection

Address: 510 Earls Court Drive, Katy TX 77450
Phone: 877-VISADOC (847-2362)

Once your order has been completed, your passport with visa will be returned to you with the shipping option you choose. It is highly recommended all documents be shipped using FedEx.

 

Shipping Fees

Shipping Fees


FedEx Return Shipping FedEx Logo
Continental USA Only Price
Overnight - Next Business Day $38.00
2 Day - 2nd Business Day $28.00
Saturday Delivery $48.00
Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, USVI Price
Next Day / 2 Day (No Saturday Delivery) $48.00
International Price
Call UVC for Prices (Varies by Location) Varies

If you are sending a pre-paid return label or will be using a FedEx or UPS account, you can supply that information when placing your order.

 

STEP 4: RUSSIA HOME/PRIVATE STAY VISA


Place Your order

Fees

Russia Home/Private Stay Visa Fees


U.S. Citizens: 

The US Visa Connection Fees for Russia Home/Private Stay Visas are:

  • Regular processing: 99.00 
  • Expedited processing: 149.00
  • Urgent Rush processing: 199.00

 

The Russian Government Fees for Russia Home/Private Stay Visas are:


  • Single entry - Regular (8-10 days): 128.00
  • Single entry - Expedited (5-7 days): 218.00
  • Single entry - Urgent Rush (2 days): 248.00 

  • Double entry - Regular (8-10 days): 182.00 
  • Double entry - Expedited (5-7 days): 326.00
  • Double entry - Urgent Rush (2 days): 356.00

  • Multiple entries - Regular (8-10 days): 308.00
  • Multiple entries - Expedited (5-7 days): 578.00
  • Multiple entries - Urgent Rush (2 days): 608.00

 Please Note:

  • Validity of the Russian Home/Private Stay Visa is based on the letter of invitation and the discretion of the Russian Consulate;
  • The Russian Consular Fees above include a 5.00 money order fee;
  • “Days” are business days and do not include weekends or consular holidays;
  • Russian visa fees & processing times listed above are for all U.S. consular jurisdictions.

 

 

Place Your Order

Place Your Order


Complete, print & sign the US Visa Connection Visa Order Form.

The Order Form provides UVC with your contact, payment, and return shipping information as well as the level of service needed to meet your intended travel date.


Have Questions? Need Assistance?

Call the Doc!  877-VISADOC (847-2362)

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How soon do you need your
Home/Private Stay Visa to Russia?

$99.00

Regular
8-10 Business Days

$125.00

Rush
5-7 Business Days

$149.00

Urgent
2 Business Days

Regular Processing
8-10 Business Days

UVC Fee: $99.00

Rush Processing
5-7 Business Days

UVC Fee: $125.00

Urgent Processing
2 Business Days

UVC Fee: $149.00

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The land border of Russia is 12,578 miles long which is the second longest of any country. The nation with the longest land border is China at 13,762 miles.

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