Park Towers South


1333 West Loop South, Ste. 1300

Houston, TX 77027

(click here for directions)

Office is open:

Monday Friday

(except Russian Holidays)

Reception hours:

9:00 a.m. 12:00 noon


(713) 337-3300 (ext.301)


(713) 337-3305



Visa Questions


Economic Desk

- 309

Notary Desk


Citizenship Desk


Consul General:

Alexander K. Zakharov

Dear applicants!

According to the factory calendar of the Russian Federation for the year 2015, Consulate General is closed on February 23rd, March 9th,May 1st,4th 11th, June 12th, November 4th, 2015

Important Information

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 Visa Center 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 are recommended 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. (202) 827-0880
web-site: www.ils-usa.com, business hours 8.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m., technical break 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Visa Center service fee is $ 33.00 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.



In 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 General.

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, Houstons 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.

On 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.

The Russian Consulate General in Houston is the national state office of international relations, which within its consular district (includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas) 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 Russian Law;

- 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.


2004, Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Houston.