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From a social standpoint, I wouldn't expect it to be a problem unless you make it a problem. The USA is incredibly diverse; people end up here from all sorts of places for all kinds of reasons, including people from countries that are ostensibly 'enemies' of the US. On top of that, as a Russian, you have the added advantage of not being visibly distinctive ...


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If you apply by yourself: The waiting time for getting a International passport is 30 days if you apply in your city (where you're registered) and 120 days if you apply from another Russian city. Official source: https://www.gosuslugi.ru/pgu/service/10001970310_5.html#!_description Just if you're going to funerals or if you need to be healed abroad urgently,...


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My girlfriend who is Russian did a J-1 last year. Nothing special happened, she had great time there. Most Americans don't care whether you come from Russia or Peru. And if you don't talk politics with people you'll have no issue whatsoever(like everywhere). There was a lot of noise in the US media regarding Russia and Georgia when Russian troops invaded ...


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I see no reason why you should depart from general transliteration table of Russian. According to all standards, С is transliterated into S, so it will be FMS 25011 And also space between organ name (FMS) and organ branch number (25011) should be preserved.


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She needs like $3,500 in her bank account and some proof of Russian employment to even be considered. And even then, they may just stamp her passport as blacklisted for 5 years just for even TRYING. This sounds exaggerated at best, simply false at worst. Where did you get this information? What's the very best country / embassy to apply? The best route? ...


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Millions of Russian citizens travel to EU every year for recreational purposes. Most of those aren't oligarchs. I would expect she needs plane tickets, hotel booking, and a modest sum of money in a personal account. This assuming a short trip. Portugal embassy as I expect would be essentially rubber-stamping anything that comes their way with valid tickets ...


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It is possible to encounter prejudice, racism, and xenophobia in the US, but these things are not as common as they used to be, or as harsh and overt. They would tend to be directed toward specific groups who have historically been oppressed in the US. The realistic concerns for travelers would mainly be: A traveler of African descent might encounter racist ...


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Not possible. There are only a few countries to which Russians can exit with the internal passport, and Georgia isn't one of those. Russian citizens can only use the internal passport to visit Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia (a recent addition), the Russian-occupied territories of Georgia that Russia recognizes as independent and Russian-annexed ...


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I also have another option that wasn't mentioned yet. If your girlfriend is not employed and thinks it might hurt her chances, you can have someone from her family (parents?) on steady employment write her a letter that they plan to provide for her financially. That's a pretty common type of document, спонсорское письмо. Note that Internets state some ...


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No. You basically trying to work while on a tourist Visa. Getting paid through a third party doesn't change that.


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There is no exit visa required to leave Russia, so if you have no outstanding legal actions against you, there is no reason that Russian border patrol or Customs will stop you on exit especially to show sufficient funds for the destination.


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I live in Louisiana, in the heart of the south (ostensibly the heart of bigotry in the US), and I have two Russian friends. They have never had any problems dealing with other people beyond that of any other foreigner. Sometimes people will not be able to understand you because of your accent, but that is true of any foreign travel. To be quite honest; ...


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UK is not part of the Schengen Agreement and therefore a Schengen visa as such does not allow you to enter the UK. According to official rules published by the UK Border Agency, Russia falls under the list of countries that require a visa before you can enter the UK. You can easily check if you need a UK visa here. However, this only applies for longer ...


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You have a friend in Russia who is young, female, and living with her parents. She is a student and currently between semesters. You have never met in person and you want to invite her to Germany and that requires that she obtain a Schengen short-term visa. I assume that she has no prior history of travel from which her performance can be reckoned. She ...


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Don't waste your time. 95% it's scam. 500 EUR is too much for a new passport and a visa. I'd not even bother going to Moscow to see her. It's good you're not going to send money.


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We can take things from the top... i could not appeal or get administration review No, there is no path for appeal in visitor applications. Administrative review is a process reserved for applicants in the tiered system, so it's irrelevant anyway. But there's clearly an ownership issue and they have picked up on it (it happens a lot), more about that ...


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First of all, according to the Constitution of the RF article 27.2 every citizen have the right to leave the RF and return to the RF. However, Russian Law specifies the ways when this constitutional right may be temporarily limited 114-FZ from Aug15 1996 per article 15 of the same law. These are: having secret clearance having been drafted being a suspect ...


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If your girlfriend wants to travel to Portugal as a tourist, she must convince the visa officials that she is a tourist and not an immigrant. Having lots of money in the account does not help (much). Having a steady and legitimate income which covers her living expenses in her homeland does help to convince the visa officials that she'll leave again, but ...


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Getting a EU (Schengen) visa in Russia is really simple. You just need about 12,000 RUB (€150) and go to the nearest travel agency, they will do everything for you: will fill out for you all forms, provide you all required documents and set up for you an appointment at a consulate. You will have a visa in less than a week. Millions of Russians get Schengen ...


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Unfortunately, the F1 expires after a year for Russian nationals, so it seems that I must fly back to Russia annually to apply for a visa every year. I was wondering if I could somehow avoid the flight back to Russia. A U.S. visa is only for entering the United States. You would only need to get a new visa if you need to leave and enter the United ...


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Yes. In fact you can obtain the form online both in English and Russian. Then follow the process on how to decide which consulate to apply to - but since most of them are in London, you should almost certainly be able to visit one of those, or adjust your plans slightly so that you first enter a Schengen country which DOES have a consulate in London :)


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It clearly looks like the start of a scam. My guess is that she would ask to borrow the money to give a proof of sufficient funds. Such proof is sometimes asked but it is proportional to the intended stay, not the maximum visa duration, plus it normally is not required to be all available cash, income, credit, all that can be used as proof. This is asked for ...


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Yes, you are risking of being denied. However, the actual threat depends on who you are, what position you obtain, and what other crimes you have committed besides¹ the illegal entry. By 13 January 2018, about 1,500 foreign citizens were denied entry to Ukraine after they have illegally visited the temporarily-occupied Crimea — the Border Service ...


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From the linked article: Because Denmark is a Schengen member, it cannot reinstate full frontier controls and the minister said the new measures would "take place within the limits of Schengen". So yes, you can still visit Denmark with your Schengen visa and you don't need additional documents. The only thing that's extra is that you can be checked by ...


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In general, the US is a safe place to travel as long as you are sensible and careful, and this goes for anyone, even US natives. If you're going to a big city like LA, there will be good and bad neighborhoods and a mix of friendly and unfriendly people, and a mix of open-minded and xenophobes and everything in between. My main advice is to avoid making ...


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People who try to gloss over a previous discrepancy often find themselves in an awkward situation as the 'tangled web' grows bigger and bigger. They appreciate it more if you are straight up about it. Your optimal strategy at this point is to identify the REAL company you work for. It may be different from what you wrote in your first application. It ...


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American Samoa, Motu O Fiafiaga, has an independent government and, as such, its own visa policy. For example, a US visa or ESTA cannot be used to enter nor can a visa be obtained through any US embassy or consulate, but only through direct application to Attorney General's Office in American Samoa. There is no evidence that the Government of American ...


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Yes, you can't exit the Russia with internal passport on border points with countries which have no visa-free agreement with Russia. More over, there are very few countries which do accept Russians without international passport. Even if you don't need a visa, you need a valid passport, because Russian internal passport is intended to prove your identity ...


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