Types of Russian visa
NB: It is now standard practice for all US citizens applying for Russian travel visas to be issued with a 3-year multi-entry visa. This visa allows you to stay in Russia for up to six months per visit.
The type of Russian Visa that you require depends on the length of your planned stay in Russia and the purpose of your visit. Whether you plan to leave the country and return during the period that your visa is valid is also a factor in choosing the type of visa to apply for. Below you will find explanations of the conditions and requirements of the main types of Russian visa, and how to apply for them.
If you are planning to work or study in Russia, then you will be entitled to apply for a Work or Student Visa, the requisite support for which should be organized by your Russian employer or the institution at which you will be studying. If an organization cannot provide the necessary paperwork, we strongly recommend that you reconsider taking up employment or studying with them.