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.
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 Russian Visa Application Centre in order to give a scan of your fingerprints.
a) If you post your documents to our London office and you come to the Russian Visa Application Centre between 12:30pm and 2:00pm, our courier will meet you outside and hand you your completed visa application pack.
b) If you submit your documents to us but 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 is only around a 20-25 minute walk from our office (by tube and short walk).
c) You can drop your documents off 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 sometime to check your paperwork and the last applicants are admitted to the Visa Centre at 3:00pm, we would recommend getting to our office no later than 12:30pm.
You will need to visit the Russian visa application centre at:
Russian Visa Application Centre
15-27 Gee Street
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.
Yes, in line with many other countries, Russia has introduced biometric 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 biometric 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.