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Hello friends! I am working on getting a tourist visa for Russia and was using G3Visa.com...however, they are very expensive. They are charging $330 plus an additional $225 concierge service because they say the Russian Visa is more difficult and needs special hands-on attention. On top of that they wanted to charge $80 for the Invitation! I already have the Invitation though, just need the Tourist Visa. Can anyone recommend a better option?

 

I am traveling December 26 to January 4th.

 

Thanks in advance!

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do the paperwork yourself.

 

dont hire a service.


5/7/2018 K1       Application mailed

5/9/2018             Application rec'd and signed for (sent via fedex)

5/14/2018          NOA1 Email notification

5/18/2018          NOA1 Paper copy rec'd (i797C)

11/5/2018          NOA2 ❤️ no RFE's

11/19/2018        NVC Received file

 

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Waste of money.

You can file an application by yourself, easy.

 

Using a third party does NOT increase your chances of visa whatsoever.

 

I hope that those dates you mentioned are just.. uh, a plan. I hope you did NOT bought plane tickets yet. Embassies will always advise you to WAIT until you have a visa in hand. Sorry to say also, but whatever invitation you have is also useless.

Edited by Roel

K1

29.11.2013 - NoA1

06.02.2014 - NoA2

01.04.2014 - Interview. 

AoS

03.2015 - AoS started.

09.2015 - Green Card received.  

RoC

24.07.2017 - NoA1.

01.08.2018 - RoC approved. 

 

 

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12 minutes ago, Roel said:

Waste of money.

You can file an application by yourself, easy.

 

Using a third party does NOT increase your chances of visa whatsoever.

 

I hope that those dates you mentioned are just.. uh, a plan. I hope you did NOT bought plane tickets yet. Embassies will always advise you to WAIT until you have a visa in hand. Sorry to say also, but whatever invitation you have is also useless.

Why is the invitation I have useless?

And yes I purchased my tickets already. 

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2 minutes ago, Lars & Sasha said:

Why is the invitation I have useless?

And yes I purchased my tickets already. 

1.  Embassy doesn't care about invitation. It cares about all the reasons you have to come back to Russia.

2. Hope its refundable.

3. Pending K1 visa means even less chances of approval, especially for country like Russia.

4. You might not even get an interview anytime before Christmas.

Edited by Roel

K1

29.11.2013 - NoA1

06.02.2014 - NoA2

01.04.2014 - Interview. 

AoS

03.2015 - AoS started.

09.2015 - Green Card received.  

RoC

24.07.2017 - NoA1.

01.08.2018 - RoC approved. 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Roel said:

1.  Embassy doesn't care about invitation. It cares about all the reasons you have to come back to Russia.

OP is a US Citizen applying for a Russian Tourist Visa. Invitation letters are mandatory: https://russiable.com/getting-russian-visa-usa-canada/

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1 minute ago, TM92 said:

OP is a US Citizen applying for a Russian Tourist Visa. Invitation letters are mandatory: https://russiable.com/getting-russian-visa-usa-canada/

Oh. Well, my mistake. Thought its US visa.


K1

29.11.2013 - NoA1

06.02.2014 - NoA2

01.04.2014 - Interview. 

AoS

03.2015 - AoS started.

09.2015 - Green Card received.  

RoC

24.07.2017 - NoA1.

01.08.2018 - RoC approved. 

 

 

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Just now, TM92 said:

OP is a US Citizen applying for a Russian Tourist Visa. Invitation letters are mandatory: https://russiable.com/getting-russian-visa-usa-canada/

Thank you! That is what I thought. 

 

I appreciate everyone's response. I am working right now on doing it on my one. A couple friends who have been to Russia in the past couple years recommended this Visa Service, but I will give it a shot on my own. Stay tuned for questions! Ha :)

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40 minutes ago, Lars & Sasha said:

Thank you! That is what I thought. 

 

I appreciate everyone's response. I am working right now on doing it on my one. A couple friends who have been to Russia in the past couple years recommended this Visa Service, but I will give it a shot on my own. Stay tuned for questions! Ha :)

You should have started this earlier.  You are cutting it very close time wise.

 


USCIS

Married: 08/12/2016

I-130 sent: 08/16/2016

NOA1: 08/18/2016

Received email 09/19/2016 that I-130 was approved 09/17/2016.

On 09/21/2016, I-130 approval date changed to 09/19/2016.

I-130 approved: 09/19/2016

Received hard copy NOA2: 09/23/2016

Sent to NVC: 10/11/2016 No text or email from USCIS. Had to log into USCIS account to find out.

NVC

NVC Received: 10/18/2016

Case # and IIN#: 10/27/2016

Choice of Agent -DS-261: 10/27/2016

AOS Fee Invoiced: 10/29/2016

AOS Fee Paid: 10/29/2016

DS-261 reviewed over the phone: 10/31/2016

IV Fee Invoiced: 11/02/2016

IV Fee Paid: 11/02/2016

DS-260 Completed: 11/04/2016

Sent AOS & IV Package: 11/03/2016

Scan Date: 11/07/2016

RFE: 11/09/2016 (NVC wants I-864 instead of I-864EZ)

RFE Response Submittal: 11/09/2016

Case Complete by phone call: 11/10/2016

Case Complete by email: 11/18/2016

Interview Appointment letter by email: 12/01/2016

Left NVC: 12/02/2016

Embassy

Case Ready at Embassy: 12/05/2016

Case Ready and "touched" at Embassy" 12/16/2016

Medical Date: 12/21/2016 Sputum testing required so this sets us back at least a few months.

Interview Date: 01/04/2017  Interview went well.  We are in "administrative Processing" until negative Sputum Test result is received in March.  The consulate will then issue the Immigrant Visa. So there is nothing further for us to do.  We agreed to have the consulate cancel My wife's B1/B2 visa from an older passport and it was stamped "cancelled without prejudice".  We did this now so she would not have to go back to the consulate to have it done later.

Visa Issued:  03/07/2017

Visa in Hand: 03/08/2017

POE:  03/29/2017 Charlotte, NC  Processed quickly at airport (about 20 minutes with CBP) and was not even asked any questions.

Social Security Card:  Received 04/07/2017 (processed through CBP at POE)

Green Card Issued:  4/19/2017

 

Removal of Conditions

File ROC (I-751):  eligible 12/29/2018

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1 minute ago, gregcrs2 said:

You should have started this earlier.  You are cutting it very close time wise.

 

Totally agree. I recently sold my condo and purchased a house. I moved out of the condo and in with family for a week or two until I close on our house next week. Life just has taken over. There is always an excuse, right? :) But I did purchase my flights this week and just submitted my Visa Application to the Russian Visa Center. I will expedite it as much as I can to ensure I am all set and ready to fly to Russia the day after Christmas!

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I used a service when I went in May, but in retrospect I think it would have been fine applying directly myself. That's what I'll do next time.


K-1

NOA1 Notice Date: 2018-05-31
NOA2 Date: 2018-11-16

Arrived at NVC:  2018-12-03

Case # Assigned: 2018-12-14

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I haven't needed a visa to Russia in many years, but I used a company that is now www.visahq.com.  

 

Price varies depending on single vs double vs multiple entry and how quick you need it.

 

Month in advance was never a problem.


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Thank you everybody! I canceled with G3visa.com. It cost me $30 to cancel but that beats paying $525 for everything. I was able to submit the application along with the additional documents, money order, and passport via FedEx to the Russian Visa Center in Houston, TX. Fingers crossed I did everything correctly. :)

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Good going!


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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