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Required Documents for Russian Family Visit Visa

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You will find more information about the documents required for the Russian family visit visa, application steps, the format of the Family visit visa, sample of the invitation letter and the Russian Special Visit Visa. We recommend that you should read the information on our page before applying for a Russian visa.
The person has to apply the Russian Family Visit Visa for visiting his/her family members, first-degree relatives or friend in Russia.
We will apply for you if you send the necessary documents for Russian Family Visit Visa to our office by cargo. Please contact us for Russian Family Visit Visa.
You are able to work or family reunification in Russia with commercial and tourist visa, however you can join the commercial and touristic activities.
The most important step in Russian visa application is the complete and accurate preparation of the documents. Otherwise, your application might be rejected and your period might be extended. The invitation letter, which must be from a Russian Citizen or a person with a Russian residence permit, is important for applying process.
Documents proving that the applicant is related to the deceased person (marriage certificate for spouse, birth certificate for children) must be submitted.
You can apply for a Russian Family Visit Visa through agents authorized by the Russian Consulate. You will need to provide letter of attorney to the person who will follow your visa application on your behalf. Our officer will apply for a Family Visit Visa without having to personally visit you.

Required Documents for Russian Family Visit Visa

Standard Documents

  • Passport: must be valid at least 6 months
  • Biometric Photo: must be 35x45 mm size, coloured and up to date
  • Russian Visa Application Form: It must be completed online from the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Invitation Letter: You need to submit an official invitation letter from the Federal Office of the Russian Federation and Foreign Ministry Affairs of Russian Federation. The invitation must include the applicant's degree of affinity and travel dates.
  • Written Statement: The applicant may also submit a petition addressed to the Consular authorities of a Russian citizen or close relative who has a residence permit in Russia. In that case, the original and photocopy of the passport, the documents indicating the affinity relationship with the applicant (Marriage Certificate, Birth Certificate) must be submitted.

Russia Special Visit Visa

Persons who need to go to Russia due to their relatives' serious illness and death are given a Special Visit Visa upon the decision of the Russian Consulate General and the Russian Embassy. The stay in Russia is maximum 90 days with Russian Special Visit Visa. The person should obtain an official letter from the Russian Health Institution on letterhead stating that the patient should be treated immediately in the hospital. This article should be stamped and signed.

If the applicant's family member who has a first-degree affinity in Russia has passed away, he or she must obtain a document from the authorities about the death of a relative during the application for a Special Visit Visa. The telegraph, which is approved by the Communication Officers about the relative has passed away, should be attached to the file.

Russia Visiting Visa Invitation Letter

Original or electronic invitations must be provided for those who will visit family, friends, relatives in Russia. Invitations must be approved by the Ministry of the Russian Federation (УФМС). All invitations sent without the approval of the Russian Federation Ministry (УФМС) are invalid and it is not enough to get a special visit visa.

Russian family, friends, relatives visit visas, Russian Federation Ministry (УФМС) approved invitations are approved after performing various security checks and The travel history of the person and the person’s entry and exit of Russia are important. The invitation may not be approved if the applicant encounters any problems during his travels in Russia. The original invitation can be made immediately and the electronic invitation can be processed after the Consulate-Embassy approval.

We provide other documents you need for visa applications in Russia on your behalf.

Required Documents for a Russian Special (Emergency) Visit Visa

In addition to the above documents, the applicant must prepare the following documents.

Health Institution’s Official Letter: Sealed, signed letter written on official letterhead showing that the worker in Russia needs care because of her / his illness.
Death Certificate: Certificate of death of the person, who is a Russian citizen, must be submitted.
International Telegraph: A telegram from the communication agency confirming that the applicant's relative in Russia has passed away.
Documents showing the relationship of affinity: Documents showing the affinity of the person applying for a visa and the person to be visited in Russia.

Foreign citizens with residence permit in the Republic of Turkey

Residence Permit: Foreigners with a TR residence permit for 90 days must submit original residence permit. This situation is valid for following countries nations; Albania, Egypt, Libya, Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Ireland.
Student Certificate / Work Permit:The student or work permit must be attached to the file in order to prove that he / she has a TR residence permit for 90 days.

Russian Family Visit Visa Application Steps

  • Fill out the Russian Visa Application Form

The first stage of the Russian Family Visit visa application process is fill out the application form. The Russian visa application form should complete online. The application form can be filled in Russian, English, Italian, German and French. If the application is suspended for 20 minutes or more, the system will automatically shut down, so remember to save the initial application number. If the system shuts down before completing the form, you can login with your application number, otherwise all operations will have to be restarted.

You can get advice from our officers about how to fill out the Russian visa application form in accordance with the specified instructions.

  • Send Your Paperwork To Our Office by Cargo

The next step after completing the application form is that prepare the necessary documents for the Russia commercial visa. After receiving information from our officers about the list of required documents for the Russian Family Visit visa, you can prepare your documents and send them to our office by cargo. Please note that the Russian Embassy and the Russian Consulate General may request additional documents if they deem necessary or call the applicant for a face-to-face meeting.

  • We are making an appointment for a Russian Visa Application

The Russian Embassy and Consulate General of Russia in Istanbul, the Consulate General of Trabzon in Russia and the Consulate General of Antalya in Antalya are authorized to decide on Russian Commercial Visa applications. These representations do not have any space limitations. Therefore, you do not need to bring your documents in person. When you send it to our head office by cargo, we can apply to Russian Commercial Visa with your documents from Istanbul. Russian visa applications can make in the application centers, which are in Istanbul, Ankara, Trabzon and Antalya. Appointments from these centers may take a long time. 

  • We send your passport to your address

After your visa has been approved and issued, we will deliver your passport from the consulate and send it to your specified work or home address by cargo. We recommend that you should check the pages of your visa when you receive your passport. If there is a mistake in your name, surname, photograph or visa entry-exit dates, please inform the consulate visa department immediately.

How many days does a Russian visa application result?

Russian Family Visit Visa applications are evaluated and finalized within 7-10 working days. Beside, applications for special visits are concluded within 4-10 working days. Please note that the Russian Embassy and the Russian Consulate General may request additional documents if they deem necessary or call the applicant for a face-to-face meeting.

However, in cases of urgent departure to Russia, the applicant requests an early conclusion of the visa procedures and pays an additional fee, resulting in a Russian Family Visit or Special Visit Visa within 3 days. We recommend that you should make your application at least 1 month before your travel date to Russia.

Entry to Russia with Family Visit Visa

The fact that you have obtained a Family Visit visa does not mean that you will have a definite entry into Russia. The Russian border police will decide that you can or not enter the country. We recommended that you should bring your documents on your Russia trip, which are travel documents, invitations, contracts, tourist acceptance documents, round-trip tickets.


  • Applications with passports older than 10 years are rejected by the Russian Consulate.
  • Consulates of Russia have the right to call you for interview.
  • When you contact with our Euroasia Global Visa Services officers, they will assist you about the preparation of your documents, filling out the application form and making an appointment.


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