New Visas to Russia Will Be Cheaper and For a Longer Period of Time
Recently, the US and Russia came to an agreement that they both will simplify the application process for tourist and business visas to these countries. The agreement will enter into effect on September 9, 2012. Please see moscow.usembassy.gov/russian-visas.html. Russian citizens may visit ustraveldocs.com/ru/index.html for specific instructions on how to apply for a U.S. visa.
Basically, to get a tourist or business visa to the US, a Russian citizen will need to pay $20.00 for visa (it was $100.00). Note that the $160 fee for application will still apply. The visa will be good for multiple entries during 36 months.
The agreement was reached due to the cooperation between the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
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