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Jelena BD
23-06-2008, 23:36
Dear people, does anybody have an idea, advice, contact or where to go if American married to a Russian pregnant wife is refused a viza to Russia in UK?

w.meijerink
24-06-2008, 00:51
Dear people, does anybody have an idea, advice, contact or where to go if American married to a Russian pregnant wife is refused a viza to Russia in UK?

Dear Jelena,

It's not easy when you don't know the right way to walk, I'm married a Russian woman too and after that we has problems with our visa/ invertation, because we are not longer tourist anymore.
The only way I do know and it's simple when you have some friends who want to help.

A other person goes to the ovir and ask for a invertation (very important to ask for two city's like a tourist so Moscow and St. Petersburg), ask for a tourist invertation and not for privet.
You will get them in one month send this one to the father of your child and he will get a visa without problem.

A other problem can be, that his passport number is write down some where in the russian government, so he has go to the police told them that his pasport is stolen, than go to the city hall for a new passport with a new number.

trebor
24-06-2008, 01:03
Try calling Intourist on 020 7 7274100
They are located opposite the Russian embassy in London. You want to speak to Tobais. No non sense guy who knows the ropes re-visas. They always helped me when i was doing my visas in London.

Briolette.
24-06-2008, 10:34
If I'm not mistaken, Americans are allowed to apply for a visa in London only if they are UK residents; otherwise they must apply in the US. Could it be that this was the reason for refusal?

Remington
24-06-2008, 11:47
I believe you have to be UK resident to apply for Russian visa. It's Russian law that foreigners must obtain their visa in their home country where their resident status won't be questioned. Some countries especially Ukraine allows you to 'buy' resident or you can wait 10 business days.

Since you were denied visa, I would suggest you to return to US to apply for visa. You could be denied visa on other grounds like overstayed your visa, failed to register, etc.

James007
24-06-2008, 17:08
I've heard wonderful things about Liga Consulti[/COLOR[COLOR="red"]]ng but I haven't their contact details I'm afraid.
Good luck anyway!

w.meijerink
24-06-2008, 22:54
This morning I have call the Russian consulate.

They told me that it is not possible to get a visa if you have not the passport of the country where you ask for a visa.
But they also told me to try with a travel company, because on this moment they are very bussy and the consulates don't want to have problems with big travel companies.

Bels
25-06-2008, 00:06
We have been through this many time before, and Americans have had no problems in London. Unless things have changed since the end of 2007.

Quoted from: Russian Consulate (http://rusemblon.org/logon_en.htm)
Check the bold, which applies to Amrican citizens.

Was there no reason why you were refused? Did you use a personal or business invitation? Did everything in your documents match?



VISA GENERAL INFORMATION

Applications may be submitted in person, by an agent or by mail. An application form may be completed by the applicant or by a person acting on his behalf though it must be checked and signed by the applicant in person. The Consulate will not accept handwritten applications and only accepts printed application forms readable by our computer systems.

Failure to meet these requirements may result in refusal of the application.

Schengen States, Estonian and Israeli passports' holders should submit a copy of their health insurance certificate valid in Russia for all period of the trip.

USA passports' holders are required to fill in a special visa application form.

French passports' holders should also enclose copies of their bank statement for the last three months, travel insurance valid in Russia and a copy of their return tickets.

Citizens of Australia, Israel, Turkmenistan and USA cannot apply for the same day visas unless they have a residence permit in the UK. The visa processing time for these citizens will take from 10 to 14 days.

Visa processing for Canada citizens will take 15 working days.

If you are going to Tajikistan your invitation should be confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country.

Your application can be considered only after you have submitted all necessary documents and can provide evidence to substantiate information given in the application form. The granting of entry clearance is at the discretion of the Russian Consulate. Visa fees are paid for consideration of your documents and they do not guarantee that a visa would be issued.

It's not obligitary for a British citizen whille applying for a visa but much advisable to have a health insurancee certificate which covers all the period of his stay in Russia.

Entry to Russia may be refused and airlines may not carry passengers holding passports with less than six months validity. At the border visitors are expected to complete a migration card; to keep it during the trip and return it at the border point when leaving the country. Visitors should be registered within 3 working days of arrival in Russia with the local branch of the Migration Service. Most major hotels will do this automatically. Visitors need not be registered if their visits last less than three days.

Applications should be submitted from 08.30 to 12.00

Same-day / next day visa processing is only possible if the volume of work technically permits it.

Processing time, requirements and fees are subject to change without prior notice.

When you receive your visa make sure that all information is correct. The Consulate is not responsible for any misprints or errors in the visa not brought to its attention before your departure from the UK.

The Consular Department of the Embassy is committed to attend you with courtesy and respect. We ask you to treat our staff accordingly. We shall not deal with visitors who act aggressively or use offensive language.

Bels
25-06-2008, 00:13
I believe you have to be UK resident to apply for Russian visa. It's Russian law that foreigners must obtain their visa in their home country where their resident status won't be questioned. Some countries especially Ukraine allows you to 'buy' resident or you can wait 10 business days.

Since you were denied visa, I would suggest you to return to US to apply for visa. You could be denied visa on other grounds like overstayed your visa, failed to register, etc.

I think you are wrong, if the statements I have just stated from a Russian Embassy are correct.

Too many Amricans have given up due to such unfounded statements, because they simply don't want to take the risk of which there is no evidence of being there. So they end up taking the unnecessary time and expense to go back to states, just to be on the safe side.

nyinrussia
25-06-2008, 09:24
My Russian husband actually asked where I could get my visa as it will expire soon. The Russian Ovir office told him any country London, Finland or my home. Of course I rather go home to visit family. But if I were your husband I would try to find the reason for denial, so you can work from there.

kapione
27-06-2008, 09:49
tell us clearly what you need , what u wrote isnt clear , take a breath then rewrite your request,,, I will check later for your response , about 5pm Moscow time

svelt
27-06-2008, 14:14
if you are still stuck in london try this.
tanya guseva at brit education and travel.+44 (0)207 727 2360
Brit Education and Travel - Главная (http://www.brit-education.co.uk)........... office@brit-education.co.uk

no you cannot have her personal mobile. ask her

brit travel/education are not the cheapest but they do have good relations with embassy. they are located within 10 minutes walk from embassy. i have used these people.

take advice there before going to america and always, in london, get a company to make the application (not invitation) for you. about 50 gbp 100 usd.

Bels
27-06-2008, 17:18
I would like to know the reason given for refusal at The Russian Embassy in London.

I personally have never needed to use an agent, apart from purchasing an invitation from Liga Consultants. It's quicker and better doing it direct, and you can either visit them and get it done sameday, or about seven days using their postal service. At least if there are any mistakes, you can discuss the problem yourself and get it sorted.

It's the first time I have evr heard of a complaint about the London Russian Embassy, as comments from here on this forum are normally positive. But as we have seen here already, some agents do mess things up, and charge a lot in return. DO IT YOURSELF, unless you have an employer covering your costs

svelt
27-06-2008, 20:35
with an invitation from Andrews Travel House i went to tallinn last november and was directed to go to london as a uk citizen. the next morning i go to the london embassy and they turn down an Andrews invite for my regular multi. first time in 13 years i ever had a knock back and previously i have been in person to edinburgh (great next day), bonn (brilliant 30 minutes), Paris (so so) and madrid (reasonable. come back in a week).

now i know everyone here rages about liga and probably correctly but also Andrews is not new to this and has been a popular supplier of not cheap invites for years.
as for the reason given it was 'we dont work with this company dont you know there are new laws you have been in russia a long time why dont you get residency'. BUT on the visa he would only write 'refused'.

having been kicked about i was desperate to get home, i had a cat to feed. the brit agency sorted it out. a tourist visa first then a multi but expensive.

all in to get to the point of actually having the multi stood me in over 2000 dollars. not good news for 90/180 days.

i will never use Andrews again and will take any opportunity to let everyone know how they have fallen from grace. but i will try liga for sure.
appreciate the point about if the boss is paying but if you cant get back to the wife (or cat) i reckon the 100 dollars is cheap.

kapione
27-06-2008, 20:50
this is a bad situation ,I do not have an answer for you , sorry

Bels
27-06-2008, 20:54
Thank you Svelt for that post. It makes me feel better that others have had tougher times than me. I don't know what I would have done in your situation, as costs were already mounting up on me at my time. I would have been begging from my family, of which I would have hated doing.

Bels
27-06-2008, 21:03
The answer is that we all learn from our own and others experiences.

And to be honest with you I don't believe every post, but I'd believe the recent posts. I hope we continue in giving honest experiences, and forget about the occasional unrealist scaries and one poster recommendation, as I don't believe one posters. I went for Liga here, due to many long believable posters here, and my wife and I were happy with them, and let's not forget that this was also my wife's profession plus much more as tour operator specialising in France and London, so it's a professional recommendation.

Jelena BD
01-07-2008, 23:52
Used Russian VISA LINK company to send a business invitation to US ATLAS VISA company, also sent them by DHL the actual US passport...they go to Russ embassy themselves...AND I WILL KNOW THE RESULT THE NEXT 2 HOURS...If refused again, will try ur options, dear friends...
He is still in London.

Bels
02-07-2008, 20:39
Used Russian VISA LINK company to send a business invitation to US ATLAS VISA company, also sent them by DHL the actual US passport...they go to Russ embassy themselves...AND I WILL KNOW THE RESULT THE NEXT 2 HOURS...If refused again, will try ur options, dear friends...
He is still in London.

I'm looking forward to knowing how you got on. I hope it's good news.

ezik
05-07-2008, 02:25
Used Russian VISA LINK company to send a business invitation to US ATLAS VISA company, also sent them by DHL the actual US passport...they go to Russ embassy themselves...AND I WILL KNOW THE RESULT THE NEXT 2 HOURS...If refused again, will try ur options, dear friends...
He is still in London.

So how did things go?

popeye01
11-07-2008, 21:50
Dear people, does anybody have an idea, advice, contact or where to go if American married to a Russian pregnant wife is refused a viza to Russia in UK?
Try and visit VISA RU opposite the consulate they are very good and helpful i know they have managed to get visas for Americans and other nationalities

rgreen
12-07-2008, 10:26
As a citizen of the USA, I was able to get a 90 day business visa in Riga last month with no problems other than waiting 10 days.

But this whole visa things makes me crazy too. I had heard that one must get the visa in their home country but on the advice of my school, I went to Riga. I was quite concerned that it would not be issued. But when I gave my application to the woman in the consulate, she took it and only asked me if I knew it takes 10 days.

Maybe it was easier because I had an invitation from a language school ???

Russian humor !!!!!!! Gotta love it.

PS When I came to Russia in May, I got a 30 day tourist visa in the USA. I always use an agency in the USA because I believe that they work with the consulates everyday and know all the methods to get a visa and the cost is rather small - like $50 or so I think. Just good insurance if you ask me. I was able to download all the forms from the internet and pay by credit card. The agency provided the invitation and got the visa. They also took care of the registration here in Moscow so it was a one stop operation for me by using them. I just mailed all to them and in a few days, I got all back, just like they promised.

Good luck