Work visa

Work visa  is issued to citizens of Cyprus and other nationals for an entry into the Russian Federation for work purposes based on an invitation issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation (Russian MIA) with a possibility of a further prolongation by the Russian MIA agency on the territory of the Russian Federation.

The basis for a prolongation may be an employment agreement or a civil contract, either work or service, concluded according to the Russian Federation legislation.

Work visa may only be single-entry for a period up to 90 days (except the visas for highly qualified specialists).

In order to apply for a work visa you must submit the following:  

  1. The original of the invitation issued by the General Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation
  2. Passport with no less than 2 empty pages for visas, valid for 1,5 years starting on the visa effective date (the exception is a visa for highly qualified specialist - the passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after the day of visa expiry);
  3. Electronic Visa Application Form, filled out in Russian or English, and printed directly from the following website of the Consular Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry: (Please follow the instructions for the procedure, available at the above mentioned website, provided in Russian as well as other languages, including Japanese). Citizens of Georgia, Australia and CIS countries must fill in the visa application in Russian. The Russian Visa center can fill in the visa application on your behalf;
  4. One passport size (3.5 x 4.5 cm) clear photo in color taken full-face directly facing the camera and against a plain white or light-colored background. Only non-tinted prescription glasses and head covering worn daily for a religious purpose or as a part of national costume (in this case the same head covering must be worn in the passport photo) are allowed. At the Russian visa center you can opt for "Express Photo" service;
  5. Medical insurance policy valid on the territory of the Russian Federation and during the validity period of the visa, except for the mutual insurance cases. Medical insurance is accepted only in English or Russian languages.
  6. A certificate of a negative HIV test of a foreign citizen in case the supporting invitation is issued by the Department of Domestic Affairs/FMS or is a telex invitation. The certificate has to be submitted in the original and be valid for no more than three months.

In case you have two or more valid passports, please make sure there are no valid Russian visas in any of the passports before submitting your visa application. 

Please note!

All applicants except for citizens of the Republic of Cyprus must submit their residence permits with a period of legal stay in the Republic of Cyprus exceeding 3 (three) months.

    Russian Consular Offices may request additional visa documents, invite you for an interview or extend the time of visa issuing procedure.

    You can also use our Postal service to submit your visa application by post.

    Rates and terms

    All fees can be paid in CASH or BANK CARD (bank payment ~ 0.5-2.2% is additionally charged when paying with a bank card).

    Personal checks and money orders - NOT ACCEPTED.

    Consideration period Consular fee (for Cyprus and EU citizens)* Service fee (excl. VAT)** Logistics fee
    (for Paphos,
    Limassol and Larnaca)***
    Single-entry visa
    4-20 business days 35 EUR 30 EUR 50 EUR
    1-3 business days 70 EUR 55 EUR 50 EUR
    Double-entry visa
    4-20 business days 35 EUR 30 EUR 50 EUR
    1-3 business days 70 EUR 55 EUR 50 EUR
    Multi-entry visa
    4-20 business days 35 EUR 30 EUR 50 EUR
    1-3 business days 70 EUR 55 EUR 50 EUR

    Transfer or restoration of a visa regardless of citizenship

    Consular fee Service fee (excl. VAT)
    31 EUR 30 EUR

    Please note: 

    *Visa processing fees and time schedules for the citizens of other countries and persons without citizenship are calculated according to “Consular fees of the consular institutions of the Russian Federation”. Processing time starts from the day the documents are delivered to the Consulate. In certain cases the Consulate can extend or reduce the processing time. 

    ** Additional service charges are not included in the service fee and are to be paid separately.

    ***Logistic fee

    - Applicants who submit documents in Larnaca, Limassol, Paphos  pay a logistics fee of 50 euros for each passport.

    - Applicants applying in Nicosia are exempt from this fee.

    Completing the Russian visa application form

    The application form for a Russian visa should be filled out in electronic form on the website of the Consular Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry:

    At your request, we can fill out the application form for you at the visa center. This is a paid additional service worth 5 EUR for each page of the application form.

    A separate application form must be completed for each applicant.

    Dear applicants,

    We would like to inform you that at the Russian visa application centers you can use the following additional (paid) services:

    Please note!

    • Acquiring of the above mentioned services does not affect the procedure for consideration of visa application and does not guarantee issuing of visa;
    • The cost for provision of services is charged in addition to the service fee;
    • All the above mentioned services are provided only at your request;
    • Please, read about all the terms of providing these services before you start the procedure.