My friend has British and Australian citizenship. He is currently on a visit to Australia with only his British passport. (His expired Australian passport is in London and needs to be renewed anyway.)

Now Russia has a policy that you can only apply for a Russian visa from a country where you are a resident.

But if you are a resident of the country in which you apply but only in possession of the passport of your other country, will they still issue you a visa?

Basically, do we know the nitty-gritty of this particular rule Russia has?

  • Is this a new rule? I've heard of British people who successfully applied for a Russian visa in Beijing. This was in 2012 though. Apr 28, 2013 at 15:36
  • Not a new rule at all - was like that when I applied in 2008 and 2011. You could apply in the country where you were citizen OR where you were resident - so as a Kiwi living in London, I could apply there.
    – Mark Mayo
    Apr 28, 2013 at 16:54
  • Ok, I must've misunderstood something then from the British guys I met. They were just travelling and were residents of the UK but (they told me) that during their travels they got a Russian visa in Beijing to enter Russia and go to Ukraine. Apr 28, 2013 at 18:46
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    I was thinking about this. I mean, to 'prove' residency in the UK, I'm not sure they even looked at my visa - they wanted my address of residence - but there's nothing stopping you putting down a hostel address or similar? I'd give it a go, or just go in and ask them if possible - they may have suggestions.
    – Mark Mayo
    Apr 28, 2013 at 20:04
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    For a previous question about this rule, see How can I maximize my chances of obtaining a Russian visa outside my home country? Apr 29, 2013 at 8:35

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The nitty-gritty depends on the consular worker you encounter but then there is a different problem.

If you look at the application that needs to be submitted to the Consulate for a VISA there are 2 different forms:

You can take a look at consular service page. Given the length of the form he will be required to submit with his British Passport I would suggest that he renew his Australian passport and apply for Russian visa with it.

Sorry the portal is in Russian.

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