Attention: starting the 1st of October invitation letters will be issued in e-form only

According to the information of the Internal Affairs Ministry Moscow immigration office, starting the 1st of October 2019 all invitation letters for foreign citizens and stateless persons will be issued in e-form only.

Additionally, payment certificates will have to be filed right away along with the application package.

Important to note, that corrections will be made only in case of a mistake made by Internal Affairs Ministry officials and only if the mistakes are in:

  • Spelling of foreign citizens names;
  • In place of birth;

Such corrections will take approximately 1-2 business days. Corrected invitation letter will be also sent to the appropriate consulate.

Corrections will not be made in:

  • Date of intended entry and exit;
  • Place of visa application – Russian consulate abroad;

IMPORTANT: Foreign citizen can apply for visa on the basis of the invitation letter, issued in e-form only to the consulate, which was mentioned in the application for the invitation letter.

We will keep you posted on the developments. Meanwhile, should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.    

Best Regards,


Migration Law Department