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I am going to visit my wife in the Russian Federation, to stay with her family and attend her interview in Moscow. I have applied for a private multi entry visa, is there a requirement to have a return ticket upon entering the country, as with some others (ROK comes to mind) or is a one way ticket acceptable for entry?

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I have never been asked for a return ticket at Russian passport control. They just look at a visa. Do  you speak Russian by any chance? You'll have to explain who you're visiting.

From the practical stand point, it's always a good idea to have a return ticket. How long do you plan on staying?

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11 minutes ago, implife said:

I have never been asked for a return ticket at Russian passport control. They just look at a visa. Do  you speak Russian by any chance? You'll have to explain who you're visiting.

I would think that my invitation letter should be enough to explain the reason for visiting. Are you saying that even in a large city with an international airport, passport control has no billingual persons? I plan on staying several months, our interview will be in December if all goes to plan.

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8 minutes ago, Bluestraveler49 said:

I would think that my invitation letter should be enough to explain the reason for visiting. Are you saying that even in a large city with an international airport, passport control has no billingual persons? I plan on staying several months, our interview will be in December if all goes to plan.

No, I'm just asking if you speak Russian. 🙂

I don't know how non-Russian speakers are interviewed by passport control. It's not a friendly affair.

Make sure you don't exceed the limit of stay permitted by visa (most likely, 90 days). The department of state paints a bleak picture of mother Russia, and for good reasons. 


ROC sent 7/20

ROC received at SCS 7/23

Check cashed 8/3

NOA1 8/1

Applied for Naturalization 8/3

ROC transferred to NBC 9/12

Combo interview 11/4

ROC and Naturalization approved 11/5

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I’ve been to Russia multiple times on a one way flight without being sure when I would return. Generally, customs don’t really ask any questions especially on a 3 year multi-entry visa. 

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5 hours ago, Bluestraveler49 said:

I am going to visit my wife in the Russian Federation, to stay with her family and attend her interview in Moscow. I have applied for a private multi entry visa, is there a requirement to have a return ticket upon entering the country, as with some others (ROK comes to mind) or is a one way ticket acceptable for entry?

My fiance visited me in Russia (Moscow and Novosibirsk ports of entry) 5 times and he has never been asked for a return ticket

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Been to Russia countless times, lived in Russia for 5 years...USC here. Never had any issues whatsoever at the border in airports and was never asked to show a return ticket. I currently have a 3 year private multi-entry visa.

 

It's usually very straightforward....the border agents have so-so English on average and will most likely only ask very pedestrian questions such as "Why are you visiting Russia?" "How long will you stay?" and nothing more. The only reason I've ever heard of a USC being grilled at the airport was if they were suspicious for political reasons and probably flagged upon entry....this is VERY RARE. The overwhelming majority of USC's enter and exit Russia with zero issues.

 

5 hours ago, Bluestraveler49 said:

I plan on staying several months, our interview will be in December if all goes to plan.

This is totally fine. Your 3 year multi-entry visa will allow you to stay for up to 6 months at a time. Just DO NOT lose your migration card (I knew a British guy who was banned from Russia upon exit merely because he lost that little piece of paper!) and be sure to register your visa once inside Russia.

 

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18-Oct-2019: Interview cancelled & notice ordered*

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22-Oct-2019: Card was mailed to me 📨

23-Oct-2019: Card was picked by USPS 

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You don't have to have a return ticket, in most cases from USA at least a round trip ticket is cheaper than a one way ticket though.  I don't speak any Russian and at entry they just stamp you through or they say "tourist" in english and you node your head.

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1 hour ago, RS77 said:

You don't have to have a return ticket, in most cases from USA at least a round trip ticket is cheaper than a one way ticket though.  I don't speak any Russian and at entry they just stamp you through or they say "tourist" in english and you node your head.

Sounds easy enough. I can speak a few words that were picked up from my wife and online. Not nearly enough to hold a conversation with an unassuming customs officer.

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4 hours ago, RS77 said:

You don't have to have a return ticket, in most cases from USA at least a round trip ticket is cheaper than a one way ticket though.  I don't speak any Russian and at entry they just stamp you through or they say "tourist" in english and you node your head.

That sounds about right. Airport entry into Russia is by far the easiest. Going via train, boat or bus is when you tend to get more questions.


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22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail 📬

31-Jul-2017: SSN arrived via mail, hurrah!

 

*NOTE: The USCIS Field Office in Moscow is now CLOSED.

 

I-90 GC Replacment (for Erroneous GC)

22-Jul-2017: GC arrives in the mail – error in middle name 😕

01-Aug-2017: Sent in I-90 online via website

05-Aug-2017: Biometrics scheduled

23-Aug-2017: Biometrics done @ USCIS office; told to keep GC!

16-Jul-2018: RFE for original card!! 🤬

31-Jul-2018: USCIS Appointment at local field office..

22-Aug-2018: Mailed GC back to USCIS in response to RFE

29-Aug-2018: GC received by USCIS

17-Sep-2018: Received CORRECTED GC in the mail! Finally!! 😂

 

📑 I-751 Removal of Conditions (Apr 2019-Oct 2019) 📝 Filed via mail, processed by MSC & passed interview

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30-Mar-2019: Eligible to apply for ROC

01-Apr-2019: ROC in the mail to Phoenix AZ lockbox! 📫

03-Apr-2019: ROC packet delivered to lockbox

09-Apr-2019: USCIS cashed check

09-Apr-2019: Case number received via text - MSC 📲

12-Apr-2019: Extension letter arrives via mail

19-Apr-2019: Biometrics letter arrives via mail

30-Apr-2019: Biometrics appointment at local office

26-Jun-2019: Case ready to be scheduled for interview 

04-Sep-2019: Interview was scheduled - letter to arrive in mail

09-Sep-2019: Interview letter arrived in the mail! ✉️

17-Oct-2019: Interview scheduled @ local USCIS  

18-Oct-2019: Interview cancelled & notice ordered*

18-Oct-2019: Case was approved! 🎉

22-Oct-2019: Card was mailed to me 📨

23-Oct-2019: Card was picked by USPS 

25-Oct-2019: 10 year GC Card received in mail 📬

 

*I don't understand this status because we DID have an interview!

 

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02-Apr-2020: NOA 1 - Receipt No. received online 📃

07-Apr-2020: NOA 1 - Receipt No. received via mail

05-May-2020: Application transferred to another USCIS field office for review*

??-???-????: TBA... 

 

*NOTE: Moved to another state in May.

 

 

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33 minutes ago, Shiran said:

I suspect they actually might be saying tourist (турист) in Russian actually ;) 

Probably, lol. 


03639.png     

 🇷🇺  CR-1 via DCF in Moscow* (Dec 2016-Jun 2017) 🇺🇸 Info about my DCF experience here and here

Spoiler

26-Jul-2016: Married abroad in Russia (USC + Russian husband) 👩‍❤️‍👨
21-Dec-2016: I-130 filed at Moscow USCIS field office*
29-Dec-2016: I-130 approved! Yay! 🎊 

17-Jan-2017: Case number received

21-Mar-2017: Medical Exam completed

24-Mar-2017: Interview at Embassy - approved! 🎉

29-Mar-2017: CR-1 Visa received (via mail)

02-Apr-2017: USCIS Immigrant (GC) Fee paid

28-Jun-2017: Port of Entry @ PDX 🛩️

21-Jul-2017: No SSN after three weeks; applied in person at the SSA

22-Jul-2017: GC arrived in the mail 📬

31-Jul-2017: SSN arrived via mail, hurrah!

 

*NOTE: The USCIS Field Office in Moscow is now CLOSED.

 

I-90 GC Replacment (for Erroneous GC)

22-Jul-2017: GC arrives in the mail – error in middle name 😕

01-Aug-2017: Sent in I-90 online via website

05-Aug-2017: Biometrics scheduled

23-Aug-2017: Biometrics done @ USCIS office; told to keep GC!

16-Jul-2018: RFE for original card!! 🤬

31-Jul-2018: USCIS Appointment at local field office..

22-Aug-2018: Mailed GC back to USCIS in response to RFE

29-Aug-2018: GC received by USCIS

17-Sep-2018: Received CORRECTED GC in the mail! Finally!! 😂

 

📑 I-751 Removal of Conditions (Apr 2019-Oct 2019) 📝 Filed via mail, processed by MSC & passed interview

Spoiler

28-Jun-2019: Conditional GC expires

30-Mar-2019: Eligible to apply for ROC

01-Apr-2019: ROC in the mail to Phoenix AZ lockbox! 📫

03-Apr-2019: ROC packet delivered to lockbox

09-Apr-2019: USCIS cashed check

09-Apr-2019: Case number received via text - MSC 📲

12-Apr-2019: Extension letter arrives via mail

19-Apr-2019: Biometrics letter arrives via mail

30-Apr-2019: Biometrics appointment at local office

26-Jun-2019: Case ready to be scheduled for interview 

04-Sep-2019: Interview was scheduled - letter to arrive in mail

09-Sep-2019: Interview letter arrived in the mail! ✉️

17-Oct-2019: Interview scheduled @ local USCIS  

18-Oct-2019: Interview cancelled & notice ordered*

18-Oct-2019: Case was approved! 🎉

22-Oct-2019: Card was mailed to me 📨

23-Oct-2019: Card was picked by USPS 

25-Oct-2019: 10 year GC Card received in mail 📬

 

*I don't understand this status because we DID have an interview!

 

🇺🇸 N-400 Application for Naturalization (Mar 2020-????) 🛂 Online filers note: Use INTERNET EXPLORER! Other browsers may not work!

Spoiler

30-Mar-2020: N-400 early filing window opens!

01-Apr-2020: Filed N-400 online 💻 

02-Apr-2020: NOA 1 - Receipt No. received online 📃

07-Apr-2020: NOA 1 - Receipt No. received via mail

05-May-2020: Application transferred to another USCIS field office for review*

??-???-????: TBA... 

 

*NOTE: Moved to another state in May.

 

 

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