Business visas can be valid for one, three, six or twelve months, and may be single entry, double entry or multiple entry (six months or more). To obtain a business visa, you will need to submit the following documents:
- Two completed and signed visa application forms;
- One recent passport sized photo signed on the back;
- An official invitation from an authorized organization;
- A doctor's letter stating that you are not HIV-positive (if applying for a six-month or twelve-month visa).
The invitation must come from an organization which is accredited to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or have been approved by the Ministry of the Interior. In theory, you can invite yourself on a business trip to Russia, provided you can get the invitation approved. In practice, of course, you're better off going through a recognized visa-broker or travel agency. It is important to remember that whoever invites you will have to register you when you arrive in Moscow. Invitations for multiple entry visas have to be vetted by the security services, and therefore can take over three weeks to obtain
To register a business visa you will need to go to the UVIR central office in Moscow, taking your passport, stamped migration card, a completed registration application form and a letter form your landlord. The latter two should be provided by the agency who issued your invitation. Registration of business visas takes a minimum of five working days.