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Questions about "Family members of Russia Citizens Visa"
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Moz
Posted 2015-05-19 3:11 AM (#64336)
Subject: Questions about "Family members of Russia Citizens Visa"
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Hi,

I'm going to visit Russia with my wife (who lives in the UK with me) and the visa "Family members of Russia Citizens Visa" seems to be most suitable (in the past, I had gone through RR to get a tourist visa).

Under the section "Visa" I answered the following questions with:
Purpose of visit (section) = Private Visits
Purpose of visit = Private*
Visa category and type = Common Private

*There was another option of "guest", but "private" seemed to be the best fit.

It's the visit details I'm not too sure about as my wife lives with me here in England. The question is "Which institution you are going to visit?" and it says to put "Individual" for "private" visa and put in their details. So, I should put in my wife's details, including her address in the UK?
Moz
Posted 2015-05-19 3:31 AM (#64338 - in reply to #64336)
Subject: Re: Questions about "Family members of Russia Citizens Visa"
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And another question. "Do you currently have relatives in Russia?" I assume they are asking about blood relatives only and in-laws don't count?

Also, the past section is appointment details, which is just selecting a location. I'm going to choose Edinburgh embassy, is it a case of just turning up? Or is an appointment allocated once the application is submitted?

Edited by Moz 2015-05-19 3:47 AM
Malcolm
Posted 2015-05-19 10:22 PM (#64339 - in reply to #64338)
Subject: Re: Questions about "Family members of Russia Citizens Visa"


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Your wife is your relative in Russia because she will be inviting you.
I think you'll have to go to the nearest VAC because the embassy doesn't deal with applications.
Your wife has to be with you to write the invitation and you'll need her passport, marriage cert and her settlement visa.
Moz
Posted 2015-05-19 10:51 PM (#64340 - in reply to #64336)
Subject: Re: Questions about "Family members of Russia Citizens Visa"
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Thank you for your reply, Malcolm. Fingers crossed it all goes fine.
Malcolm
Posted 2015-05-19 11:52 PM (#64341 - in reply to #64340)
Subject: Re: Questions about "Family members of Russia Citizens Visa"


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It's not a difficult application but it is a pain in the arse dealing with the VAC sometimes.
You'll have to do fingerprints and a photo at the VAC because of the new procedure which is designed to inflict the same pain and suffering that the UK inflicts on Russians.
Just make sure you've got the application form filled in properly otherwise you'll have to waste time doing it again at the VAC.
Your wife will have to write an invitation letter in front of the dummy behind the counter and present her Russian passport and UK visa or UK passport as well. Apart from that it's a doddle.
GaryM
Posted 2015-05-23 9:57 AM (#64351 - in reply to #64336)
Subject: RE: Questions about "Family members of Russia Citizens Visa"
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I've always answered "no" to the question about having relatives living in Russia, assuming it to mean blood relatives. Even with private family visit visa applications with my wife as the invitee, this has never caused any problems.
Moz
Posted 2015-05-25 2:43 PM (#64364 - in reply to #64336)
Subject: Re: Questions about "Family members of Russia Citizens Visa"
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Regarding the "Which institution you are going to visit?" I've selected Individual and put down my wife's name -- just to confirm, will it be my wife's UK address as she is inviting me whilst living in the UK.
GaryM
Posted 2015-05-25 3:04 PM (#64366 - in reply to #64364)
Subject: Re: Questions about "Family members of Russia Citizens Visa"
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Moz - 2015-05-25 2:43 PM

just to confirm, will it be my wife's UK address as she is inviting me whilst living in the UK.


No, it's your wife's address in Russia.
muffy
Posted 2015-07-10 1:35 PM (#64571 - in reply to #64341)
Subject: Re: Questions about "Family members of Russia Citizens Visa"
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Malcolm - 2015-05-19 11:52 PM

It's not a difficult application but it is a pain in the arse dealing with the VAC sometimes.
You'll have to do fingerprints and a photo at the VAC because of the new procedure which is designed to inflict the same pain and suffering that the UK inflicts on Russians.
Just make sure you've got the application form filled in properly otherwise you'll have to waste time doing it again at the VAC.
Your wife will have to write an invitation letter in front of the dummy behind the counter and present her Russian passport and UK visa or UK passport as well. Apart from that it's a doddle.


Not been on here for a while but yes its basically a revenge what we do to the Russians, what makes its more of farce for me is that the VAC staff in Edinburgh know me.
Michaeldunha
Posted 2015-07-10 2:38 PM (#64572 - in reply to #64571)
Subject: Re: Questions about "Family members of Russia Citizens Visa"


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If it was simply a case of "revenge" then only countries such as the UK would be subject to this, but this is something that all visa applicants will eventually be required to endure. Yes the UK requires Russians to be fingerprinted too, but that's not solely aimed at them, like it or not they are considered to be a high migration risk.

Edited by Michaeldunha 2015-07-10 2:41 PM
Lallen
Posted 2017-05-23 10:32 PM (#90943 - in reply to #64339)
Subject: Re: Questions about "Family members of Russia Citizens Visa"
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Will my Wife's UK Spouse Visa be enough for this application or does it need to be settlement visa without restrictions living in the UK??

Also, does my Wife have to provide any fininacial information/proof of property in Russia when she signs the visa request form, as I'm led to believe this is a requirement when requesting a Private Inviation in Russian FMS??
Malcolm
Posted 2017-05-24 2:55 PM (#90944 - in reply to #90943)
Subject: Re: Questions about "Family members of Russia Citizens Visa"


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She needs her Russian passport, her british passport and spouse visa card.
No need for any financial documents.
Lallen
Posted 2017-05-28 8:29 AM (#90982 - in reply to #90944)
Subject: Re: Questions about "Family members of Russia Citizens Visa"
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My Wife doesn't have a British Passport, just Russian with the UK Spouse visa which expirys in March 2019. She hasn't got ILR yet.
Malcolm
Posted 2017-05-29 11:06 AM (#90984 - in reply to #90982)
Subject: Re: Questions about "Family members of Russia Citizens Visa"


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Take the Spouse visa and her Russian passsport
Lallen
Posted 2017-06-01 4:09 PM (#90990 - in reply to #90984)
Subject: Re: Questions about "Family members of Russia Citizens Visa"
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Hi Malcolm,

Thank you for your responses.

My Wife, Daughter and I have submitted the documentation and were awaiting for My passport and Daughters to be returned.

As we was travelling home, we both realised that the Visa Agent did not take copies of my Wife's Residence Permit and just her UK Spouse Visa. Is this correct? Having looked at my Wife's visa, it only has 1 month in it and expired 1 month after issue, I know this is the time frame you have to register the visa in the U.K. to receive your Residence Permit but how does this look for the Russian Visa Centre?

To be precise, the visa was issued June last year and expired in July the following month.

Anybody had any problems like this before?
Malcolm
Posted 2017-06-02 11:50 AM (#90991 - in reply to #90990)
Subject: Re: Questions about "Family members of Russia Citizens Visa"


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If your wife has a residence permit - I assume you mean she has FLR ( further leave to remain) then the VAC should have copied it. Which VAC did you go to?
Lallen
Posted 2017-06-05 4:13 PM (#90999 - in reply to #90991)
Subject: Re: Questions about "Family members of Russia Citizens Visa"
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Yes, she has a Residence Permit which expires in March 2019 and we submitted documents in London.

All they copied was the visa in her passport which you need to show in Post Office to receive your Residence Permit when first entering UK
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