How to Get a
Humanitarian Visa for Russia

Russian Humanitarian Visas are issued for:


Humanitarian Relief • Charity • Cultural Exchange
Religion Based Travel • Missionary • Church Visits
Attend Sporting Events • Scientific Visit

Get a Humanitarian Visa to Russia in Just 4 EASY STEPS:

Get a Humanitarian 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 Humanitarian Visas to Russia
has never been easier!

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

STEP 1: RUSSIA HUMANITARIAN VISA


Carefully Review the Following Information & Gather Together the Required Documents

Russia Visa Overview


The Russian Humanitarian Visa is a subcategory of the Russian business visa and is issued to U.S citizens who are traveling to Russia with the purpose of religious missions, missionary programs, church visits, humanitarian relief, charity events & organizations, cultural or political exchange, sports events, and scientific or technical purposes.


An Original Official invitation issued by the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) that has been applied for by the inviting host or organization will be required before a Russian Humanitarian Visa can be issued.


Processing time options for the Russia Student Visa are currently:

  • Regular Processing (8-10 business days)
  • Rush Processing (5-7 business days)
  • Urgent Processing (2 business days)

 

Passport


Your Actual, Currently Valid & Signed Passport must be submitted with your Russia Humanitarian 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 Humanitarian 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 Humanitarian 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 issued by by the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) that has been applied for by the inviting host or organization.

Invitations are available for the following validities:

  • 30 day / Single or Double Entry
  • 3 Month / Single or Double Entry
  • 6 Month / Multiple Entries
  • 1 Year / Multiple Entries
  • 3 Year / Multiple Entries

 

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


Your Hosting company or organization in Russian must request your letter of invitation through the Russian Ministry of Interior or Authorized Russian issuing agency appointed by the Russian Government. Your visa will reflect the dates as well as number of entries specified on your letter of invitation.

The invitation letter must bear an official signed seal of the authorized issuing Ministry of the Russian Government and must be from a Russian company or organization; not from a representation office of a foreign company there. Please make sure that your inviting company is duly registered in Russia and is not a 100% foreign investment company. Travelers name and the name of the inviting organization must be clearly stated on the invitation as well as the dates of your visit and cities to be visited. Handwritten or altered invitations will not be accepted.


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.


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.


If your Invitation will be sent electronically by the Russian Ministry of Interior directly to the Consulate of Russia Consular, please note that visa processing cannot begin until it is received.


The period of stay of a Russian Humanitarian Visa cannot be extended 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 HUMANITARIAN VISA


Carefully Complete the Following Required Forms

Russia Humanitarian Visa Application Form


Complete, print, and sign two copies of the Online Russia Humanitarian 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 HUMANITARIAN 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 HUMANITARIAN VISA


Place Your order

Fees

Russia Humanitarian Visa Fees


U.S. Citizens: 

The US Visa Connection Fees for Russia Humanitarian Visas are:

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

The Russian Government Fees for Russia Humanitarian 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 Humanitarian 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 HUMANITARIAN VISA


Carefully Review the Following Information & Gather Together the Required Documents

Russia Visa Overview


The Russian Humanitarian Visa is a subcategory of the Russian business visa and is issued to U.S citizens who are traveling to Russia with the purpose of religious missions, missionary programs, church visits, humanitarian relief, charity events & organizations, cultural or political exchange, sports events, and scientific or technical purposes.


An Original Official invitation issued by the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) that has been applied for by the inviting host or organization will be required before a Russian Humanitarian Visa can be issued.


Processing time options for the Russia Student Visa are currently:

  • Regular Processing (8-10 business days)
  • Rush Processing (5-7 business days)
  • Urgent Processing (2 business days)

 

Passport


Your Actual, Currently Valid & Signed Passport must be submitted with your Russia Humanitarian 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 Humanitarian 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 Humanitarian 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 issued by by the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) that has been applied for by the inviting host or organization.

Invitations are available for the following validities:

  • 30 day / Single or Double Entry
  • 3 Month / Single or Double Entry
  • 6 Month / Multiple Entries
  • 1 Year / Multiple Entries
  • 3 Year / Multiple Entries

 

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


Your Hosting company or organization in Russian must request your letter of invitation through the Russian Ministry of Interior or Authorized Russian issuing agency appointed by the Russian Government. Your visa will reflect the dates as well as number of entries specified on your letter of invitation.

The invitation letter must bear an official signed seal of the authorized issuing Ministry of the Russian Government and must be from a Russian company or organization; not from a representation office of a foreign company there. Please make sure that your inviting company is duly registered in Russia and is not a 100% foreign investment company. Travelers name and the name of the inviting organization must be clearly stated on the invitation as well as the dates of your visit and cities to be visited. Handwritten or altered invitations will not be accepted.


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.


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.


If your Invitation will be sent electronically by the Russian Ministry of Interior directly to the Consulate of Russia Consular, please note that visa processing cannot begin until it is received.


The period of stay of a Russian Humanitarian Visa cannot be extended 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 HUMANITARIAN VISA


Carefully Complete the Following Required Forms

Russia Humanitarian Visa Application Form


Complete, print, and sign two copies of the Online Russia Humanitarian 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 HUMANITARIAN 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 HUMANITARIAN VISA


Place Your order

Fees

Russia Humanitarian Visa Fees


U.S. Citizens: 

The US Visa Connection Fees for Russia Humanitarian Visas are:

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

The Russian Government Fees for Russia Humanitarian 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 Humanitarian 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
Humanitarian 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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