What is the change? The Moscow Immigration Office has announced new rules when applying for letters of invitation at the migration office located at 42 Pokrovka St. in Moscow.

What does the change mean? The state fee collected for original letters of invitation, or LOIs, must now be paid from the bank account of the inviting company. Previously, the fee could be paid by individuals and confirmed by payment receipt.

  • Effective date: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: LOIs.
  • Who is affected: Inviting companies submitting LOI applications.

Additional information: An original payment order certified with a round bank seal and a bank representative signature must be attached to the application. The application must include the full name of the foreign national in the “purpose of payment” section.

Analysis & Comments: Companies should ensure that the state fee for LOIs is paid directly to the Moscow Immigration Office in order to complete the application. The payment receipt must be validated by a bank seal.

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