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Russian Visa Processing Times Extended in the UK
Posted by Dominic Quiney on 06 April 2018 03:52 PM

Russian visa processing times extended in the UK

UPDATE: Since 30th March 2018, Real Russia have been receiving completed visas from the Russian Visa Processing Centre according to the new, extended processing times outlined in the original story.

This means that:

  • Express processing is now four working days.
  • Standard processing is now 21 working days.
  • Other consular services (such as providing consular assistance to Russian citizens in the UK) are also affected.

We are currently updating our systems accordingly. Please take this into account when applying for your visa and please take these new processing times into account when making your travel arrangements, as you will now need to allow more time to obtain your Russian visa than previously.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our visa specialists.

PREVIOUS UPDATE: As of 27/03/2018 Real Russia have been receiving completed visas from the Russian Visa Processing Centre according to the previous processing times stated on our visa application pages and forms.

ORIGINAL STORY: We have been informed by the Russian Embassy that all visa processing times are to be extended. They have not yet clarified when these new processing times will be implemented, but from our contacts at the visa processing centre there is a strong suggestion that the changes will be implemented immediately.

The Russian Embassy’s statement outlines the following:

  • The Processing time for Russian visas applied for in the UK with 'Express processing' will be increased from two working days to four working days
  • The Processing time for Russian visas applied for in the UK with 'Standard processing' will be increased from six working days to twenty-one working days.
  • Other consular services (such as providing consular assistance to Russian citizens in the UK) will also be affected.

Whilst we have not been informed when these changes will come into effect, they may affect current and future visa applications. Please take this into account when planning your visa application and travel itinerary.

We are continuing to work with the Embassy and the Russian Visa Application Centre to clarify the situation.

If you do have an application that is currently being processed, our visa specialists will be in touch shortly with more information.

As more information becomes available, we will update this page, our service status page, and our Facebook and Twitter channels.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our visa specialists.


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