information for Russian fiancees
Online Immigrant Visa Appointment Schedule
Information makes it possible to obtain information regarding interview
dates for those already scheduled. The information can be also received by
contacting the Embassy Visa Information Service.
Please Note: The American Citizen petitioner
may not attend the interview with his or her fiance.
Instructions and List of Documents for Fiance(e)
- Please read through these instructions
before the interview and follow them carefully because they
are the most complete available. All documents should be
supplied ON THE DAY OF THE INTERVIEW.
- Children immigrating
with you must also be present at the interview.
- Please note that no one may
accompany applicants into the Embassy's visa waiting room.
This includes American citizens, attorneys, sponsors, friends,
and family members.
- Each applicant should
bring all the required documents.
- Copies and translations
of each document into English are required. Translations must
be notarized only when the original is in a language OTHER
than Russian. (e.g. a translation from Ukrainian into English
must be notarized, translation from Russian into English does
not need to be notarized).
- Payment. Please pay the
application fee ($100 dollars for each applicant) ON THE DAY
OF THE INTERVIEW only after an Embassy employee instructs you
to do so. We accept dollars and rubles. Credit cards are not
- It is necessary to
submit the original DHL airway bill for express
delivery of your visa after the interview.
- Tickets. We strongly
advise not to buy tickets or make any final
travel arrangements before you receive a visa.
List of Documents for Fiancé (e) Visa
- Biographical form DS-230 filled out in English
(part 1 and part 2). A separate form must be filled out for
immigrating child over 16 years of age.
- Filled out DS-156 + supplement DS-156K. Ds-156
and DS-156K must be filled out in Russian. DO NOT SIGN DS-156K. A
separate DS-156 must be filled out for immigrating child. No DS-156K
supplement is required for immigrating child.
- International Passport with a photocopy of the
first page and the page with information about immigrating child if
the child’s name in included in the parent’s passport.
- Original birth certificate, photocopy and
translation into English.
- Police certificates in all names as well as all
dates of birth ever used. Police certificate must contain references
to each place (subject to the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation)
in which the applicant lives or has lived for more than six months
since attaining the age of 16. This includes localities where
applicants have lived during university studies. If the applicant was
on military service, he/she should bring the certificate from the
local draft board. If an applicant has lived abroad for more than one
year, a police certificate must also be submitted from the country in
which he/she lived. Police certificate validity is one year since the
date of issuance.
- Evidence of termination of prior marriage(s) (if
applicable), original, photocopy and translation into English.
- One color non-glossy full-face photo 50x50 mm for
visa. The eye level should be between 28mm and 35mm from the bottom.
Another two pictures will be required for medical examination.
- Visa application fee of $100 (or ruble
equivalent) for each applicant
- Documents confirming relationship: photos of
Petitioner and Beneficiary together, letters to each other, phone
bills, airplane tickets, emails, etc.
- Results of Medical Examination in a sealed
envelope. The medical must be taken at one of the embassy-designated
medical centers. It takes 2 days to complete the medical examination.
- Financial documents from the petitioner – a US
citizen: please note, that Affidavit of Support (form I-134) is not
required, but may be requested. The document must be notarized. Please
submit financial documents to show that the applicant will not become
a public charge in the United States. Such documents may include, but
are not limited to:
- Most recent year tax returns (form 1040) or tax
transcripts from IRS
- Copy of bank account
- Earnings and leave statement
- W-2 forms
- Letter from employer
Attention! If the immigrating
parent does not have a document showing he/she has full legal custody of
the child, the child immigrating with the parent may be required to submit
the other parent’s notarized statement that he/she gives full permission
for the child to leave Russia for the purpose of immigration to the United
States meaning the stay is permanent and not temporary.
All original documents must be accompanied by
photocopies and English translations. If the original documents are in
Russian, there is no need to have the translations notarized. If
an applicant is required to provide additional documentation after the
interview with an American consular officer has taken place, the
documentation may be submitted to the 221G box at the Embassy North Gate
between 2.00PM and 4.00PM on any working day or mailed to the Embassy.