In accordance with the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on the simplification of visa formalities for nationals of the Russian Federation and nationals of the United States of America effective September 9, 2012 the US citizens shall as a rule be issued multiple-entry business, private, humanitarian and tourist visas for a stay of no more than 6 months starting from the date of each entry that are valid for three years (36 months) from the date of issue of the visa. For more details follow the link.
In case you are applying for your visa in Houston, please be aware that during submitting your data in the Electronic Visa Application Form from evisa.kdmid.ru you should choose ILS Houston for the question “Visa Issuing Office“
Effective April 11, 2012, under the agreement between the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Houston and the «Invisa Logistics Services LLC» company for the purpose of the improvement of visa services,
US citizens, foreign nationals and non-nationals ought to apply for the Russian tourist, business, humanitarian, work, student, homestay (private) or transit visas to the above-mentioned company’s Visa Center located at:
1001 West Loop South, Ste.# 103, Houston, Texas, 77027.
tel. (832) 582-7951
web-site: www.ils-usa.com, business hours 8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m., technical brake 1p.m. - 2 p.m.
Visa Center service fee is $ 30.00 per visa, consular tariffs remain the same.
Pursuant to the directive from the Russian Foreign Ministry, effective July 1, 2011, the Russian Embassy and all Russian Consulates General in the U.S.A. will require that all applications for Russian visas submitted in the United States be prepared using the Electronic Visa Application Form which is a web-based application, available online at http://visa.kdmid.ru
Russian visa applications prepared using the old format or in a different manner will not be accepted after July 1, 2011.
After filling the Electronic Visa Application form online, applicants will have to print a copy of their application form, sign and date it, glue the required size photo to it and submit this printed original form, along with other necessary documentation, to the Russian Consulate personally or through their representative or a visa agency.
The Electronic Visa Application Form will provide greater accuracy and security in processing visa applications. It should be filled out in its full entirety. Incomplete forms may significantly delay visa processing time.
THE HISTORY OF THE CONSULATE GENERAL
view of an ongoing growth in bilateral Russian-American
business, scientific, cultural and other relations, especially
on a regional level, as well as an increasing number of Russian
and U.S. citizens and expats residing in the other country, the
Governments of the Russian Federation and of the United States
of America agreed in 1992 to expand their respective consular
presence on the territory of each other. In Spring of 1994 the
U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg became operational. At
the same time, Russia, while facing unfavorable budgetary
conditions, decided to freeze the opening of its new Consulate
Meanwhile, political and business leadership of the State of
Texas supported by their Russian counterparts started lobbying
both governments in favor of a Russian diplomatic mission in
Houston. As the years went by the idea seemed more and more
appealing. Texas proved itself as one of the biggest, most
diverse and dynamic economies in the nation. It is a historic,
well-established American and international center for the oil
and gas industry. Houston Port – one of the largest in the world
– is crucial to bilateral trade. Johnson Space Center is an
integral part of the International Space Station program – both
in terms of the joint ISS operation and crew training. Russian
community in the area is rapidly increasing in numbers and its
needs for consular services. In addition, Houston’s remote
location from the existing Russian missions in the United States
impeded adequate coverage of all of the above.
Hence, in October of 2001 the two countries formalized the
agreement on the establishment of the Consulate General of the
Russian Federation in Houston through the exchange of diplomatic
notes. The visit of
President Vladimir V. Putin to Texas in
November of the same year provided additional impetus to
subsequent organizational steps undertaken by the Russian side.
Following the Government Order # 174-p (February 12, 2003) the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation was given
final green light to open its latest office abroad.
May 9, 2003 the U.S. Department of State confirmed its consent
to the appointment of Mr. Nikolay V. Sofinskiy as the first
Consul General of Russia in Houston. He arrived in the City on
November 7, 2003 heading a small advance team charged with
finding a suitable location and making necessary arrangements to
set up the mission, which opened its doors to visitors and
became fully operational on August 4, 2004.
Russian Consulate General in Houston is the national state
office of international relations, which within its consular
exerts vested responsibilities on behalf of the Russian
Federation. The Consulate General is an integral part of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Its main
goals and functions are:
to protect the rights and the interests of Russia, its citizens
and legal entities, to render them help and assistance;
to promote trade‚ economic‚ cultural and scientific relations
between Russia and the United States;
to deliver in the consular district the official information
about the internal and foreign policy of Russia, its
socio-economic and cultural life;
to provide visa and passport services in accordance with the
to conduct within its power notary actions‚ state registration
of acts of civil status‚ institution of custody or tutelage‚
validation of documents;
to participate in preparations for the intergovernmental
exchanges and visits of the official delegations.