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Invitations for foreign citizens – scandals, intrigues, investigations 07.02.2014

In the light of the recent scandals in state organizations which officials have been illegally issuing dozens of thousands TELEX invitations for foreign citizens, the market of invitation letters for foreign citizens has begun to change.

Many state organizations including the Olympic committee, most representatives of Russian regions in Moscow and other organizations have stopped issuing TELEX invitations for foreign citizens coming to Russia not in relation to these organizations.

Starting from January 1, 2014 the period of processing single and double entry TELEX invitations has increased to 7 days.

The attitude towards those applying for a visa on the base of TELEX invitations has also changed in many Consulates. More and more applications are rejected and if the problem with obtaining a visa arises, the applicants are left on their own, without any support from the inviting organization.

More and more companies are searching for alternative variants of obtaining business invitations to Russia for foreign citizens. Confidence Group would like to present you the main ones.

Registering your company in UFMS is the easiest and the safest means to process invitations for foreign citizens. The invitation in this case contains information about the organization to which the foreign citizen is actually going and there is no need for him or her to provide false information while applying for a visa at the Russian Consulate or while crossing the Russian border.

Moreover the shortest period of processing business invitations in the UFMS of Moscow, for example, is 6-7 working days, to obtain a visa at a Russian Consulate it will be enough to submit a copy of the invitation and on the average such invitation costs much less than the TELEX one.

Costs and periods of processing invitation letters within the company’s own registration through Confidence Group are the following:

Type of invitation

Period of processing (working days)

Price (RUR, including state fee)
Company’s own registration within the UFMS of Moscow
1Business single/double entry valid up to 1 – 3 months15 - 173500
8 - 105000
6 - 76000
2Business multiple entry valid up to 6 – 12 months16 - 183500
12 - 146800
10 - 117200
Company’s own registration within the UFMS of Moscow region
1Business single/double/multiple entry valid up to 1 – 12 months22 - 253500
10 - 125800
 

Starting from January 1, 2014 the procedure of registering an organization within FMS has changed, more information on the issue can be found here.

Another legal way of obtaining invitations for foreign citizens is processing invitation letters through the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (CCI of Russia).

The CCI of Russia is an official middleman for processing invitations for foreign citizens going to Russia to the partners of the members of this organization.

At the moment processing invitations through the CCI of Russia seems to be the fastest and the most convenient means of obtaining legal documents necessary to enter Russia, moreover, the periods of processing such invitations are shorter than both the TELEX invitations and the invitations processed within company’s registration within the UFMS.

Invitations are issued on the official letterhead of the CCI of Russia for a period of up to 5 years (for the EU citizens), to obtain a single or a double entry visa to Russia it usually enough to submit a copy of the invitation.

Costs and periods of processing invitation letters through the CCI of Russia with the assistance of Confidence Group are the following:

Type of invitationPeriod of processing (working days)Price (RUR)
Single/double entry, up to 90 days2 - 34500
Multiple entry, up to 1 year2 - 37500
Multiple entry, from 1 to 5 years 2 - 315000
Multiple entry, from 1 to 3 years for the citizens of the USA and Japan2 - 37500
Single/multiple entry, up to 90 days for the citizens from the countries with high migration risk2 - 39500
Multiple entry, up to 1 year for the citizens from the countries with high migration risk2 - 315000
 

Additional information and requirements:

  1. Invitations are not issued for the citizens of the UK, Ireland and Denmark;
  2. Invitation with the place of the visa collection – Russian Consulate in the Hague, are not issued;
  3. For obtaining an invitation with validity of more than 1 year the applicant shall have at least one rightly stamped visa obtained during the last calendar year with the period of validity of more than 1 year;
  4. For obtaining a multiple-entry invitation for the citizens from the countries with high migration risk the applicant shall have at least one rightly stamped business visa obtained during the last calendar year;
  5. For obtaining a multiple-entry invitation for the citizens from the countries with high migration risk the applicant shall also additionally present the guarantee letter from the inviting organization.

To begin to process any type of invitation please fill in the attached form and send it back to the consultant of Confidence Group together with the scanned copy of the foreign citizen’s passport.

We will be glad to assist you in any visa services.

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