View Full Version : Obtaining RU visa in UK - new arrangements, higher costs

02-02-2009, 15:14
I couldn't see that there has been a previous post on this subject but apologies if there was.

I'm currently in the UK to renew my visa and have been surprised to find that, on 15 January, the RU embassy in London (and Edinburgh likewise) announced that, with effect from 23 January, it would be outsourcing all of the visa processing. The attached links give more details. It appears that there are longer office hours and thus the process might be more efficient - but, on the downside, it looks like the cost increased with an extra fee to the centre - two sites quote different prices though!

Apparently its the same company who run the visa processing centre in Moscow for Russians wanting UK visas. That operation seems pretty well organised so, fingers-crossed, the same efficiency will be repeated in London once they've settled down and got staffing levels right.

Good luck!

Russian Consulate (http://www.rusemblon.org/logon_en.htm)

Increased visa costs for UK travellers to Russia (http://etravel.org/news/4668)

AnyVisa.co.uk - AnyVisa Ltd (http://www.anyvisa.co.uk/?module=news_en&cmd=news_en&id=29)

16-02-2009, 10:45
I got a 3 month double-entry business visa last week
The proceess seemed to work well.
The new office is about 5 minutes walk from Barbican tube - quite convenient.
I arived about 11.00 on Wednesday. You are given a numbered ticket when you arrive. I waited about 20 minutes to be served.
I went back at 16.30 Thursday to collect my visa. This was very quick -just waited 10 minutes.
Only problem is the price - 280 GBP!

16-02-2009, 22:24
Hi -- I plan to apply for a tourist visa by post when I'm back in the UK for a few weeks. Has anyone got an update for how long it takes?
I live in Montreal (am a Brit), but it seems you have to be a permanent resident (which I'm not) to get a visa here.


16-02-2009, 23:02
Be nice to see them drop the necessity for the sodding ridiculous invitation stage of the documentation, adopt a similar strategy to that of some of their neighbours as regards welcoming foreign visitors.

I think the streamlining of visa processing will represent an improvement, and the costs will remain overall more competitive than using any of the present myriad choice of unlicensed visa agencies.

19-02-2009, 17:19
they have also increased prices for all business visas, the price has almost doubled since 2009.

19-02-2009, 17:40
For anyone who needs the link, the 2009 tariffs are here:- Russia Visa (http://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk/visafees.aspx)

19-02-2009, 18:29
Be nice to see them drop the necessity for the sodding ridiculous invitation stage of the documentation,.....

Hear hear!! Just going through a ridiculous dialogue with OVIR about a cultural exchange group I'm helping, there is a new "Humanitarian" Visa class...... unfortunately someone has forgotten to tell OVIR about it.

I would not be in the least surprised if their next request is for the colour of each visa applicants grandmothers, sisters, 3rd cousins eyes.

02-03-2009, 21:30

You received your 3-month business visa ok but how long did it take for your invitation and how did you get it?

Here is Moscow the invitation takes 18 days


06-04-2009, 20:18
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