These visas are the most popular ones among business people. These visas can be obtained for a longer term that tourist ones and the Consulate processing period is usually shorter.
Officially business visas are intended for foreign citizens who travel to Russia to meet their business partners, take part in negotiations, sign a contract, visit an exhibition, etc. You do not need to prepare hotel reservation or an itinerary to get a business visa.
These visas do not imply official employment in Russia (for this purpose a work visa should be obtained).
Applying for an Invitation
In order to get a business visa you first need to get an official invitation from a Russian firm. Business visas allow stay in Russia up to 12 months and can be single-, double- or multiple-entry. Since November 1, 2002, business invitations are issued by the Passport and Visa Department (PVU) at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. To apply for an invitation, your inviting company should be officially registered with the PVU. In some cases the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can send a special telex instead of the paper invitation letter to the Russian Consulate chosen by you.
The Invitation letter for the Russian business visa looks like this:
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