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Hello - does it matter which US consulate office I send my Tourist Visa application to? If not, any recommendations? Thanks

You should go on their website last time I looked it involved a fee service agency and if I recall correctly it was region specific

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the map is here. http://www.russianembassy.org/Embassy_eng/Consulate/consulates_us.html

It looks like you might be in the Seattle (yellow) region. I have had numerous great experiences with red star travel (travel2russia.com) getting tourist and/or business invitations and visas.

Also, I looked at some of your earlier threads. There's a great new development that I wasn't aware of until two of my Russian citizen friends took their American husbands on visits to Russia this year - you don't need an official invitation from OVIR anymore if you are the spouse of a Russian citizen permanently residing in the U.S.

Official information on that is here: http://www.netconsul.org/private(homestay)/

Scroll down to "Private (homestay) visa for an immediate family member (husband, wife, minor child) of the Russian citizen with U.S. residency (type 2)"


2009/06/19 - 1st NOA 1 (I-129F)

2009/10/07 - NOA 2

2010/01/11 - interview; result - approved

2010/01/18 - received passport with visa in the mail

2010/02/05 - embassy calls and asked to return visa for a "correction"

2010/02/09 - fiance returns passport with visa to embassy

2010/03/09 - embassy tells us we are in "administrative review"

2010/09/07 - fiance receives passport back with canceled visa and letter; our petition has been returned to USCIS

2010/11/08 - 2nd NOA 1 (I-129F ROUND 2)

2011/04/19 - service request response - 6 months additional extensive background checks

2011/08/22 - 2nd NOA 2

2011/10/04 - interview

2011/10/20 - visa received

2011/11/04 - POE

2011/11/25 - legal marriage

2012/07/21 - wedding with family and friends!!

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Sweet!

I guess next time I go it'll be a homestay visa.


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Ensure your beneficiary makes and brings with them to the States a copy of the DS-3025 (vaccination form)

If the government is going to force me to exercise my "right" to health care, then they better start requiring people to exercise their Right to Bear Arms. - "Where's my public option rifle?"

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Some more good news: I dropped off my registration stuff today and they told me it was now free. You also now have a week to register. I don't know if it is free for tourist or homestay visas though.


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We're getting there. Maybe someday we will have free visas or VWP status!


Русский форум член.

Ensure your beneficiary makes and brings with them to the States a copy of the DS-3025 (vaccination form)

If the government is going to force me to exercise my "right" to health care, then they better start requiring people to exercise their Right to Bear Arms. - "Where's my public option rifle?"

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enjoy your trip!


2009/06/19 - 1st NOA 1 (I-129F)

2009/10/07 - NOA 2

2010/01/11 - interview; result - approved

2010/01/18 - received passport with visa in the mail

2010/02/05 - embassy calls and asked to return visa for a "correction"

2010/02/09 - fiance returns passport with visa to embassy

2010/03/09 - embassy tells us we are in "administrative review"

2010/09/07 - fiance receives passport back with canceled visa and letter; our petition has been returned to USCIS

2010/11/08 - 2nd NOA 1 (I-129F ROUND 2)

2011/04/19 - service request response - 6 months additional extensive background checks

2011/08/22 - 2nd NOA 2

2011/10/04 - interview

2011/10/20 - visa received

2011/11/04 - POE

2011/11/25 - legal marriage

2012/07/21 - wedding with family and friends!!

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