What is the change? Russian immigration authorities will no longer issue Letters of Invitation in paper form.

What does the change mean? Companies will be able to access issued LOIs electronically.

  • Effective date: Oct. 1.
  • Documents impacted: Issued LOIs.
  • Who is impacted: Accredited inviting companies submitting LOI applications through Moscow and Moscow regional offices.

Additional information: Previously, sponsoring entities had the option of receiving either a paper or electronic LOI when submitting the LOI application.

Analysis & Comments: The change removes the option for companies to receive paper LOIs. While the applications will still be accepted in paper form, the letter of invitation will no longer be issued as a paper document. Instead, the issued LOI will be sent in digital form to the relevant Russian Consulate abroad via a governmental information system and the invited party and sponsoring entity will be able to print a notice with LOI details.

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