How to Get a Work Visa for Russia

Russia Work Visa

Russia Work Visa

In order to get a work visa for Russia, you will first have to secure a job in the country. The Russia Work visa can be valid for single or multiple entries and can be valid for 1 year or 3 years depending on the invitation submitted.

If you are applying from the United States, submit your visa application to Invisa Logistic Services, the company that the Embassy of Russia in Washington D.C. has outsourced visa processing to.

If you are applying from outside the United States, you can get your visa processed at any Russian embassy or consulate.

The main thing to remember about the Work Visa for Russia is that you will need to get a work permit first and then get an invitation letter from the Company. Only then, can you apply for the Russia Work Visa from your home country. The process is long and arduous, but the beauty is that the Russia Work Visa (unlike the Russia Business Visa), enables you to stay in Russia for pretty much as long as you keep working.

I’ll break everything down for you below about how to go about getting the Russia Work Visa if you are applying from within the United States.

(For information on other types of visas for Russia, go to my Russia visa page.)

Secure a job in Russia
Apply for a work permit
Secure an invitation letter from the company

You will need this in order to apply for the work visa for Russia in your home country.

Gather documentation and fees

This page here has the step-by-step required documents and fees that you need to gather for the visa.

Submit your documents to Invisa Logistic Services

You can apply by mail (expensive option) or make an appointment to apply in person (cheaper option).

Receive your visa

Congratulations!  You will receive your new Russia visa.

  • If you plan to spend more than seven days in Russia, you need to register your visa and migration card (which you will get upon arrival to Russia) through your sponsor or landlord.
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