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Collection of biometric data for Russian visas

All applicants (apart from children under 12 years of age) wishing to apply for their Russian visas in the UK on or after 10th December 2014 will need to provide a scan of their fingerprints as a part of the visa application process.

How does this affect me?

We are working closely with the Russian consulate to lessen the impact of the new changes and to ensure that the process of submitting your biometric data goes as smoothly as possible.

Overall, the rules and process remain the same. The only difference is that you will now have to be present at the time your documents are submitted at the visa application centre in order to give a scan of your fingerprints.

How will this work?

  1. Complete an online visa application form on our website for either a tourist visa or a business visa and follow the instructions you will receive in the “next steps” email.
  2. Once you are ready, you can send your passport and any other requested documents to our London office by post, courier, deliver them to us in person or via your designated representative.
  3. We will check the documents you provide, prepare any visa support or other documents required and complete your visa application pack.
  4. We will contact you to confirm a suitable day and time when you are available to visit the Russian visa application centre in London in order to provide your biometric data. Please note that the visa centre is open between 8:30am and 3:00pm Monday to Friday and appointments should be confirmed no later than 3.30pm the previous day.
  5. In terms of applying for your visa at the Russian visa application centre, there are three options available depending on how and when you deliver your visa application documents to us, as well as what time is convenient for you to submit your fingerprints:

    a) If you post your documents to our London office and you can come to the Russian visa application centre between 12:30pm and 2pm, our courier will meet you outside and hand you your completed visa application pack.

    b) If you post your documents to us but you prefer submitting your fingerprints before 12:30pm or after 2:00pm, then you can visit our London office first, collect your completed visa application pack from us and go to the Russian visa application centre by yourself. It's only around 20-25 minutes away from our office (by tube and a short walk).

    c) You can drop off your documents at our London office any weekday. Once we have prepared your visa application pack, you can go straight to the Russian visa application centre to submit them and provide your fingerprints. Since we need some time to check your paperwork and the last applicants are admitted to the visa centre at 3pm, we would recommend visiting our office no later than 12:30pm. We may be assisting other customers, so you may need to wait a little before we can deal with your application.
     
  6. You will then be asked to provide a scan of each of your fingers. This can take between 15 minutes and 1 hour depending on the number of applicants in the queue.
  7. That’s it, we will do the rest. We will manage your application with the consulate, and when your visa is ready, we will collect your passport on your behalf, confirm the visa has been issued correctly, and either post it to your selected address on the same day or hold it in our office for collection.

Where do I need to come?

You will need to visit the Russian visa application centre at:

Russian Visa Application Centre
15-27 Gee Street
London
EC1V 3RD

We would appreciate if you could attempt to arrive on time. Upon arrival or in an event when you are running late, please contact our visa team to alert us.

Is it safe?

Yes, in line with many other countries, Russia has introduced bio-metric data collection of visa applicants to help with managing its security and control illegal immigration. The equipment used is similar to that used by the UK government when collecting bio-metric data from applicants for UK visas, and the data will be stored and managed by the ministry of foreign affairs and migration services for the purposes outlined above.

I still have some questions

In case you have further questions, please contact our visa team who will be happy to assist you.