Russian Passport renewal in the U.S.

“How to Obtain a Russian Travel Passport in the United States”

RUSSIAN AGENCY offers a service of obtaining a Russian travel passport for all the citizens of the Russian Federation permanently living or temporarily staying in the U.S and Canada. In order to get a 5-year non-biometric or a 10-year biometric Russian travel passport, it is necessary to make a personal appearance at one of the Russian consulates or at the Russian Embassy in the U.S.

However, there are some situations in which you can avoid  traveling to the Russian consulate or Embassy – when you’re not in a rush and you can wait for a Russian consular travel session in you area, when you are 70 years old or older with health conditions preventing you from traveling,or you are applying for a child’s passport under the age of 14.

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Due to the high volume of requests we are receiving, we are offering a service of preparing the full set of forms and the application with an appointment at either Russian consulate or at the Embassy in the U.S.

In order to make a passport appointment at the Russian consulate or Embassy, the applicant must have at least one of the following three options:
– A valid Russian travel passport
– A valid Russian internal passport
Confirmed Russian citizenship within the last 18 months.

You can apply for either a 5-year non-biometric travel passport or a 10-year biometric travel passport. The only difference is how long the passport is valid for and the consular fee. They charge $30 for a 5-year passport and $50 for a 10-year passport. Please note: it’s not recommended to apply for a 10-year biometric Russian travel passport for children under the age of 6. If your child is 5 years old or younger, it is better to apply for a 5-year non-biometric passport.The average processing time for a new travel passport is up to 3 months, but in some situations it could be longer.

Typically, 5-year passports are ready faster, but we haven’t seen much of a difference in processing times recently. Often 5-year passports are ready in one and a half months and 10-year passports in around two months.

Applying for a passport at the Russian Consulate or Embassy can be a difficult and frustrating process. Russian citizens very often face the situation when the consular officer doesn’t accept their documents due to a discrepancy. We will help you to avoid this problem.

Also, we can find an available appointment for you, even for the next business day. You can choose a date and time that best fits your schedule and let us know. We’ll do our best to make your appointment for that time.

You will receive a package from us by mail (or to be pickup at one of our offices) which you will take to your appointment.

The package will include:

  • Appointment confirmation letter
  • Passport application with a bar code that has been submitted through the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
  • High-quality copies of all supporting documents which are required by the Russian Consulate
  • Form for requesting to have your new Russian travel passport mailed to you from the Consulate
  • Form for requesting to have your Russian name spelled in a particular way in Latin letters that matches your U.S. documents
  • Money order payable to the Russian consulate or Embassy with the consular fee
  • Prepared return USPS envelope with a signature required option
  • Printed passport sized photos. If are applying for the 10-year biometric travel passport, the consulate will take your photo during your appointment.

Please note that you can apply for a name change at the same time you are applying for a new travel passport. We would be happy to help you with this. An extra fee is applicable if extra translations and consular certification of the document(s) is needed.

Also important to note is that a minor under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present at the consulate appointment with their valid passport.

Please CALL our TOLL FREE  numbers (888) 9-RUSSIA or (888) 978-7742 about our fees because the pricing is subject to change .

Once you receive the package along with your appointment confirmation letter, you will be ready to go to the Consulate or Embassy. You don’t need to fill out or sign anything else. Everything you need will be in the package.

If you don’t want to travel to the Consulate or Embassy, please see the options that we offer for a 5-year non-biometric passport without traveling.

Throughout the years we have been in business, we have worked with many complicated cases, such as when all the documents are lost or expired. Please call us (888) 9-RUSSIA or (888) 978-7742 to discuss the specifics of your case!

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO APPLY (FOR ADULTS AND MINORS):

STEP 1 (you should mail or bring in the following items to us):

  • Payment of processing fee. We accept personal checks, money orders, and cashier checks. All the checks and orders should be made payable to RUSSIAN AGENCY.

STEP 2  (you should either mail, email, or bring in the following items to us):

  • Completed application (for adults or for minors under 18 years old)
  • A copy of the main page of your valid or expired Russian travel passport
  • A copy of your valid  Russian internal passport, if you have one (a copy of the main page and all pages with address registrations)
  • A copy of your birth certificate
  • All prior name changes of the parents must be accompanied with the appropriate documents (marriage and divorce certificates or official name changes).
  • If you apply for a passport for a minor under the age of 18 a copy of a valid Russian travel passport of one of the parents or guardians is required (a copy of the main page).
  • To request a specific spelling of your Russian name in Latin letters matching your U.S. documents, you must provide a copy of one of the U.S. documents.

We will be in touch with you throughout the whole application process and be ready to help with any concerns.

We will set up your email and phone number to receive tracking updates starting from when the Russian consulate or Embassy drops off the return envelope with your documents. You will be notified by USPS when your package is in the mail, its estimated delivery date, transit updates, when it is out for delivery, and when it has been delivered. The person who receives the package from the mailman must sign for it.

Quick links:

Certificate of return to Russia (in case of urgent travel plans)

Russian citizenship confirmation

Under what circumstances your Russian “foreign” travel passport application could be denied.

The notification process when a Russian citizen has citizenship or permanent residency in another country.