UK visa from Russia: FAQs, application cost and processing time!

UK visitor visa application fees and processing time from RussiaThis guidance aims at providing an overview of the UK visa from Russia in 2019 for all types of entry clearance applications, especially for Russian citizens applying for the UK tourist, family and business visitor visa for the very first time. Accordingly, the post provides the details of all types of UK visa application fees and cost in Russian Rubles (₽) and US$ from Russia. In fact, the post also tries to answer faqs relating to the UK visa requirements, processing time and refusal rates from Russia. And also explain the usefulness of UK visa priority and TLS Contact added-value services from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Therefore, the post covers the following topics:

  1. How many Russian citizens apply for UK visa every year?
  2. UK visitor visa application cost and processing time in Russia
  3. UK spouse visa fees and processing time from Russia
  4. Tier 1 visa charges and timelines
  5. Tier 2 applications cost and timelines
  6. UK Tier 4 student visa cost and processing time from Russia
  7. Tier 5 visa cost and timelines
  8. Applications for other types of UK work visa from Russia
  9. Additional FAQs relating to UK visa from Russia in 2019

Moreover, for case processing and representation you can contact specialist immigration solicitors.

1) How many Russian citizens apply for UK visa every year?

Perhaps, approximately more than 150K applicants every year apply for a UK visa from Russia. As a matter of fact, usually, more than 80% of applicants apply for the UK visit visa from Russia. For instance, in 2018 the share of visitor visas was 83.69% in the total visas issued to Russian nationals. Moreover, empirically, the UK visa refusal rate from Russia is very low i.e. 1-3%. Therefore, a great majority of the UK visa applications by the Russian citizens are usually successful.

UK visa applications from Russia in Apr-Jun 2019

In fact, during 2019 Q2, a total of 52,757 applications made by Russian nationals. Quite clearly, 52,551 decisions made on the UK visa entry clearance applications by the Russian citizens. And 52,072 visas granted during the 2019 Q2 and only 368 applications refused. Moreover, 109 applications withdrawn and 2 applications lapsed during the quarter. Therefore, during the second quarter of 2019, the UK visa success and refusal rate for Russian citizens is 99.09% and 0.70%, respectively.

UK visa applications from Russian citizens 2019

UK visa applications from Russian citizens 2019

Total decisions during 2016-18

In fact, during 2016-18 the total number of decisions made on the UK visa applications from Russia hovers in the range of 122-158K. Perhaps, the number of decisions jumped from 122K in 2016 to 158K in 2017. However, in 2018 the number of decisions came down to 146K.

UK visa grants to Russian citizens in 2016-18

Evidently, during 2016-18 the number of UK visa grants to Russian nationals hovers in the range of 116-154K. And quite clearly, in 2018 the number of grants slightly decreased to 143K from 154K in 2017. However, the number of grants to Russian nationals in 2018 (143K) still remained higher than that during 2016 (116K).

UK visa success and refusal rate from Russia during 2015-18

Apparently, the UK visa success rate from Russia is showing an upward trend during 2016-18. Indeed, during the 3 year period, the UK visa success rate for Russian citizens has increased from 95.82% to 98.23%. Therefore, during the 2016-18 period, the UK visa refusal rate from Russia has decreased from 3.78% to 1.45%.

UK visa applications from Russian Citizens
Year 2016 2017 2018
UK visa refusal rate from Russia 3.78% 2.32% 1.45%
UK Visa Applications made by Russian citizens 123,811 158,307 145,676
No. of decisions 122,092 158,655 146,504
UK visa grants to Russian nationals 116,983 154,485 143,909
No. of applications refused 4,613 3,682 2,122
No of applications withdrawn 494 488 472
Lapsed 2 Nil 1
UK visa success rate from Russia 95.82% 97.37% 98.23%

Types of UK visa grants to Russian citizens

In fact, during 2018, 143,909 Russian citizens were granted a UK visa in the following broad and sub-categories:

  1. Visitor Visa: 120,448
  2. Transit: 245
  3. Short-Term Study: 16,274
  4. Family Settlement: 441
  5. Dependant joining or accompanying: 31
  6. EEA Family Permit: 969
  7. PBS Tier 1: 199
  8. PBS Tier 21,374
  9. Tier 4 Student: 2,704
  10. PBS Tier 5: 857
  11. Non-PBS Domestic Worker: 10
  12. Non-PBS Other permit-free employment (Main apps) – 22
  13. Other temporary visas – 320
  14. Certificate of entitlement to right of abode (Main apps): 15

Finally, to know the details of UK visa applications from other countries please refer to Egypt, Ghana, India, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE, USA

2) UK visitor visa application fee and processing time from Russia

In fact, Russian nationals applying for UK visa need to pay the online application charges in US Dollars. However, most of the applicants, applying from Russia like to know an approximate equivalent in Russian Rubles (₽). Therefore, the following sections of the post provide the details of the latest UK visa fees from Russia in 2019: Price in Russian Rubles (₽) and US Dollars. And also the details of the UK visa processing time from TLS Contact centres in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don and Novosibirsk.

Please note the UK Home Office usually revises application charges once every year. Therefore, the charges in GBP remain the same during the year. However, due to exchange rate fluctuations, the UK visa cost in Russian Rubles may vary during the year. In fact, the exchanges rate used for computing application charges in this post is ₽65/- to a US$.

UK standard visitor visa cost for Russian nationals

Apparently, applicants can apply for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years UK standard visitor visa from TLS Contact application centres in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Ekaterinburg and Novosibirsk. Perhaps, the most common and popular application is for 6 months standard visitor visa. And the UK visa cost from Russia in 2019 for 6 months application is ₽7,865 ($121). Moreover, the charges for 2, 5 and 10 years applications in 2019 are ₽29,835, ₽54,080 and ₽67,925, respectively.

6 months visa charges with priority service

Quite clearly, the UK visa cost from Russia in 2019 for 6 months with priority service is ₽26,065 i.e. application cost ₽7,865 plus the UK priority service fees ₽18,200. Please note: the charges are non-refundable!

2-year visa application cost with priority service

Furthermore, the fees of UK 2 years visitor visa application with priority service from Russia is ₽48,035 i.e. application cost ₽29,835 plus the priority service charges ₽18,200.

5-year visa application charges with priority service

In fact, the UK 5-year visitor visa cost from Russia in 2019 with priority service is ₽72,280 i.e. application cost ₽54,080 plus the priority service ₽18,200.

10-year visa application charges with priority service

Finally, the UK visitor visa cost from Russia 2019 for 10 years with priority service is ₽86,125 i.e. application cost ₽67,925 plus the priority service ₽18,200.

Private medical treatment

Quite clearly, the UK visa application fees for Russian citizens in 2019 for more than 6 months but less than 11 months private medical treatment visa is ₽15,665 ($241).

Visiting academics

Moreover, the UK visa application fees from Russia in 2019 for visiting academic visa for more than 6 months but less than 12 months is ₽15,665 ($241).

Marriage visitor visa

Apparently, the UK visa fees from Russia in 2019 for marriage visitor visa application is ₽7,865 i.e. $121. Perhaps, at times, quite erroneously, it is also referred to as visa for Russian girlfriend.

Permitted paid engagement

Furthermore, the application cost for permitted paid engagement (PPE) is ₽7,865 (i.e. $121) for undertaking any paid activities under Appendix 4 for up to one month for certain types of highly qualified visitors such as examiners, assessors, lecturers, lawyers, entertainers and sports professionals.

Approved Destination Scheme (ADS)

The application charges under Approved Destination Scheme (ADS) for visiting the UK in a Chinese tour group are ₽7,865 (i.e. $121).

How many Russian citizens get the UK visitor visa in 2018?

In fact, 120,448 Russian nationals get the UK visitor visa during 2018 i.e. 109,396 main and 11,052 dependant applicants.

UK transit visa application cost from Russia 2019

Apparently, the UK transit visa cost in Russian Ruble for direct airside and landside transit visa are ₽2,850 ($44) and ₽5,265 ($81), respectively. And also ₽5,265 ($81) for the purpose of joining a ship or aircraft as a member of the crew of that ship or aircraft.

How many Russian citizens get the UK transit visa?

Quite clearly, 245 Russian nationals get the UK transit visa during 2018.

What is the UK transit visa processing time from Russia?

Perhaps, the UK transit visa processing time from Russia for applications submitted at TLS Contact centres in Moscow, Rostov-on-Don, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg and Novosibirsk is usually 2 weeks or 10 working days.

UK short-term study visa cost for Russian citizens

Furthermore, the UK visa fees from Russia in 2019 for the short term student visa (aka student visitor visa) for up to six months in Russian Ruble is ₽7,995 ($123). However, the charges for a short term study visa up to 11 months is ₽15,340 ($236).

How many Russian citizens get the UK short-term study visa?

In fact, the UK short-term study visa is quite popular in Russia. Apparently, 16,274 Russian nationals get the UK short term study visa during 2018.

UK visitor visa fees from Russia 2019/20

UK visitor visa fees from Russia 2019/20

How to apply for the UK visit visa from Russia?

Indeed, a Russian citizen can apply online for any type of UK visitor visa application in Russia. Therefore, no paper application form is required. Moreover, applicants can read questions in languages other than English. However, can only fill the UK visa online application form in English.

Moreover, after selecting a language for reading the questions, an applicant needs to select Russia as the country of application if an applicant is applying from inside Russia. Perhaps, if a Russian passport holder is applying from some other country then needs to select that particular country. And also need to provide the details of the permission to reside in that country.

How to submit UK visa application in Russia?

An applicant needs to attend an appointment at the following application centres in Russia for submitting the application form with supporting documents:

  1. 70, Bolshakova street, office 601, 6th floor, Ekaterinburg, Russia, 620142
  2. Delta Plaza, Bldg 1, 2nd Syromyatnichesky Lane, Moscow, Russia, 105120
  3. 57, Sibirskaya street, Novosibirsk, Russia, 630132
  4. Liga Naciy, 91 Suvorova street, Rostov-on-Don, Russia, 344022
  5. Business centre ‘Preobrazhensky Dvor’, 1st floor, 26, Liteiny prospect, St. Petersburg, Russia, 191028

What are the additional requirements for foreign residents?

Apparently, a foreign resident living in Russia can also apply for UK visitor visa if he/she holds a valid Russian residence permit.

Do applicants require to submit any photographs?

No, applicants don’t need to submit any photographs with their UK visa application in Russia. Certainly, the UK visa application procedure has changed during the last few years. Therefore, the information relating to the requirement of submitting a photograph with the UK visa application form and supporting documents is misleading and outdated.

So, what is the new procedure for the photograph?

In fact, the staff of the TLS Contact in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Rostov-on-Don takes an electronic photo of the applicant at the time of application submission. Moreover, the staff of UKVAC also takes an applicant’s biometrics i.e. scanning of fingers + thumbs. Therefore, in case of a successful assessment/decision, the British HC or Embassy use the electronic photo for visa vignette.

What are the UK visitor visa documents requirements from Russia?

Quite clearly, the requirements for submitting supporting documents with the UK visa application for Russian citizens is the same as that for any other visa national. Therefore, an applicant applying for UK visa from Russia needs to submit the following types of documents at the TLS Contact visa application centre in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Rostov-on-Don:

  1. Print out of the UK visa online application form
  2. Current valid passport
  3. Previous passport, if applicable
  4. Translation of documents, which are not in English/Welsh
  5. Invitation letter, if applicable
  6. Residential address in the Russian Federation
  7. Telephone or mobile number
  8. Business/Employer details
  9. Tax registration certificate
  10. Tax returns
  11. Bank statements
  12. Salary slips (for employed persons)
  13. Marriage certificate, if applicable
  14. Family certificate, if applicable
  15. Conveyance/Mortgage Deed or Rental Agreement of the address in Russia
  16. Ownership of assets such as residential, commercial, agricultural property
  17. A UK address for staying during the visit

What is the UK visitor visa processing time from Russia?

Perhaps, all the short and long-term UK visitor visa applications from Russia usually process within 10-30 working days i.e. 2 to 6 weeks. Here it is important to note that UKVI’s service standard is to process all visitor visa applications within 12 weeks or 60 working days. Therefore, if an applicant intends to apply for UK visa from Russia then may expect a decision within 1 week with priority service or 2-3 weeks with standard service.

How Russian citizens can fast track UK visitor visa?

An applicant can fast track a UK visitor visa application from Russia by purchasing the priority service. In fact, the cost of the priority service is ₽18,200 (US$280). Apparently, the UKVI’s service standard for priority non-settlement visa applications is 5 working days or 1 week for applications submitted from TLS Contact in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Rostov-on-Don.

Who can use the priority service?

Perhaps, the priority service is usually for a straightforward case. However, even if you don’t have a straightforward case then no one is going to stop you from not purchasing the service!

How popular is UK priority visa service in Russia?

Apparently, depending on the type of visitor visa application, the UK visa processing time from Moscow, Russia, during the month of May 2019 indicates that 7-53% of the visitor visa applications are processed within 5 working days. Perhaps, the UK priority visa service is more popular for the processing of business visitor visa than for other types of visit visa applications from Russia.

UK Visa Russia processing time from Moscow 2019

UK Visa Russia processing time from Moscow 2019

Does the priority service guarantee anything?

No, certainly the priority service does not guarantee a favourable result. Moreover, payment for priority service does not even guarantee a quick decision. However, the UKVI usually expedite the processing of priority applications. Moreover, also inform an applicant via email, if the priority visa does process within 5 working days!

What if you experience delays in processing?

Perhaps, at times only a fraction of the applications from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Rostov-on-Don might experience delays in processing. Apparently, there could be a number of different reasons for delays in UK visa processing.

3) UK settlement visa cost and processing time from Russia

The details of the UK settlement visa application cost and processing time from Russia for family settlement applications and also for dependant family members joining in the UK are as under:

UK spouse visa cost for Russian citizens

The cost of UK spouse, civil, unmarried and same-sex partner visa from Russia in 2019 is ₽125,775 ($1,935). And the UK visa fees from Russia is also the same for a fiancé(e) and proposed civil partner visa (aka UK visa for Russian girlfriend!) Finally, the UK settlement visa cost from Russia in 2019 for the parent and dependant child under Appendix FM are also ₽125,775 ($1,935).

UK spouse priority visa fees from Russia in 2019

Quite clearly, the UK spouse visa application cost from Russia with priority service is ₽173,095 i.e. UK spouse visa fees ₽125,775 plus the settlement priority service charges of ₽47,320 ($728).

Who should use the priority service?

Furthermore, the settlement priority visa service is for a straightforward case. Therefore, applicants with past refusals, adverse immigration history and complex circumstances may not opt for the priority service. However, if your case is not straightforward, you can purchase the priority service at your own risk and cost!

What is the UK spouse visa processing time from Russia?

Quite clearly, the service standard of UKVI for settlement or spouse visa processing from Russia is to decide 95% and 100% of applications within 12 and 24 weeks, respectively. However, the service standard for spouse settlement priority visa processing is to decide an application within 30 working days or 6 weeks.

The average UK spouse visa processing time from Russia!

Perhaps, quite a few applicants from Russia are opting for UK settlement visa priority service. Therefore, usually, more than 50-70% of the UK spouse and family settlement applications from Russia decide within 30 working days or 6 weeks. Moreover, usually, most of the applications from Russia conclude within 12 weeks or 60 working days. And at the most within 90 working days. Nevertheless, in a very few instances, a UK settlement visa application from Russia remains outstanding after 24 weeks or 120 working days!

Other dependant family members

Moreover, the UK visa fees from Russia in 2019 for an Adult Dependant Relative is ₽268,450 ($4,130). In fact, the dependant family member means an applicant, who requires care, such as a parent, grandparent, brother or sister and son or daughter aged 18 years or over.

Returning residents

Apparently, the UK visa application cost from Russia in 2019 for returning residents is ₽42,640 ($656).

Refugee dependant relative

Furthermore, the UK visa fees from Russia in 2019 for a refugee dependant relative is ₽32,045 ($493).

UK spouse visa cost and priority service processing time for Russians

UK settlement visa cost for Russian Citizens 2019

Application fee: family reunion for asylum seekers

Apparently, there is no fee for Family reunion, under Part 11 of Asylum, Immigration Rules (pre-flight dependants). However, the UK visa cost in Russia 2019 for the post-flight non-settled person is ₽125,775 ($1,935). Moreover, the application charges for the family reunion – other dependent relatives – are ₽32,045 ($493).

Settlement for current and former members of HM armed forces

Furthermore, the application charges for Russian citizens for settlement of current and former members of HM armed forces and their dependants are ₽125,775 ($1,935) for:

  1. Former UK Armed Forces
  2. Pre 1997 Gurkhas (outside immigration rules)
  3. Overage dependant children of pre-1997 Gurkhas
  4. HM Forces dependants applying under part 4,5,7 or 8 of Appendix Armed Forces

How many Russian nationals get the UK settlement visa?

In fact, during 2018, as many as 441 Russian nationals get the UK family visa with the following breakup:

  • Partner i.e. UK visa for Russian husband or wife/girlfriend- 387
  • Partner (for immediate settlement)- 1
  • Child- 39
  • Child (for immediate settlement)- 4
  • Other- 8
  • Other (for immediate settlement)- 2

Dependant Joining or Accompanying

Evidently, 34 Russians get a visa as a dependant partner (13), child (10) and other (1) to join or accompany their family members in the UK during 2018.

Family Members of EEA and Swiss nationals

Please note there are no application charges for a family member of an EEA/Swiss national for applying EEA family permit and EUSS family.

How many Russian nationals get the EEA family permit?

Apparently, 969 Russian nationals get EEA family permits during 2018.

What is the EEA family permit processing timeline from Russia?

Perhaps, most of the EEA family permit applications from Russia conclude within 2-3 weeks. Accordingly, the average processing time for EEA family permit applications from Russia is usually 10 working days. However, at times the UK visa processing time from Russia for EEA family permit applications takes up to 60 working days!

4) UK Tier 1 visa application charges and processing time from Russia

The details of UK Tier 1 application fees and timelines from Russia in 2019 are as under:

Tier 1 Investor

Indeed, the UK Tier 1 Investor visa application cost from Russia is ₽134,030 ($2,062) for main applicants and dependants.

Tier 1 Entrepreneur

Quite clearly, the UK visa cost from Russia in 2019 for Tier 1 Entrepreneur entry clearance applications is ₽84,305 ($1,297). However, from March 29, 2019, the Innovator visa has replaced PBS Tier 1 entrepreneur.

Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur

Furthermore, the UK Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur entry clearance visa fees from Russia is ₽29,965 ($461). Evidently, the start-up visa under Appendix W has replaced the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur for fresh applications from July 6, 2019.

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent

Apparently, the charges for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent  Stage 1 – endorsement application – main applicant for the Russian passport holders are ₽37,635 ($579).

Stage 2 Tier 1 exceptional talent application

Moreover, Tier 1 exceptional talent Stage 2 entry clearance application from Russia in 2019 for the main applicant costs ₽12,545 (US$193).

Subsequent application

Finally, the UK visa fees from Russia in 2019 for Tier 1 exceptional talent subsequent and dependants applications are ₽50,245 ($773).

Tier 1 General and PSW – dependant applicants only

Apparently, the UK visa cost from Russia in 2019 for Tier 1 General and PSW dependant applicants are ₽84,305 ($1,297) and ₽49,920 ($768), respectively. Please note both these routes are closed for main applicants.

Tier 1 charges from Russia 2019

Tier 1 application charges from Russia 2019

How many Russian citizens get the UK Tier 1 visa?

Evidently, in 2018, 199 Russian nationals get the Tier 1 visa i.e. Investors (71), Entrepreneurs (72), Graduate Entrepreneurs (14) and Exceptional Talent (42).

What is the UK Tier 1 processing time from Russia?

In fact, nearly all PBS Tier 1 applications from Russia usually conclude within 3-6 weeks. However, a few applications decide even within 5 working days.

5) Tier 2 application cost and timelines from Russia in 2019

The details of UK Tier 2 visa cost and processing time from Russia in 2019 are as under:

What is the UK embassy work visa cost for Russian citizens?

Perhaps, the Tier 2 visa application cost in Russia is generally referred to as UK embassy work visa fees in Russian Ruble. Moreover, the Tier 2 visa application fees from Russia is also erroneously referred to as UK work permit fees in Russian RublePlease note: PBS Tier 2 replaced the UK work permit route in 2008. Moreover, the Points-based system (PBS) Tier 2 and Tier 5 application fee is also applicable to the Isle of Man. And Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of US$70/- (£55) applies to PBS main applicants.

Tier 2 applications

Quite clearly, the UK visa fees from Russia in 2019 for Tier 2 General, ICT – LT Staff, Sportsperson and Minister of Religion applications, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less, is ₽50,375 ($775).

Fees for CoS for more than 3 years

Moreover, the UK visa cost from Russia in 2019 for Tier 2 General and ICT – Long Term Staff applications, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years, is ₽100,750 ($1,550).

Tier 2 ICT Graduate Trainee

Apparently, the UK work visa cost from Russia in for Tier 2 ICT Graduate Trainee is ₽39,845 ($613) for the main and dependant applicants.

Tier 2 General Shortage Occupation

The UK work visa cost from Russia in 2019 for Tier 2 General shortage occupation is ₽38,350 ($590) for main and dependant applicants, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less.

Fees for CoS for more than 3 years

The UK work visa price in Russia for Tier 2 General shortage occupation is ₽76,635 ($1,179) where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of 3 years or more.

Tier 2 charges for Russia citizens 2019/20

Tier 2 application cost for Russian citizens 2019/20

How many Russians get the UK Tier 2 work visa?

Evidently, 1,374 Russian nationals get Tier 2 (Pre-PBS equivalent) work visa during 2018 i.e. Tier 2 General (575), Intracompany transfer (5), Intracompany transfers – long-term (213), Work permit (2) and Tier 2 (Deps) (579).

What is the UK Tier 2 visa processing time from Russia?

Perhaps, the average UK visa processing time from Russia for Tier 2 applications is normally 10-15 working days for Tier 2 applications submitted at TLS Contact Centres in Moscow, Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg and Rostov-on-Don. However, a few applications even conclude within 5 working days. Please refer: Tier 2 priority service for details.

6) UK Tier 4 student visa fees and timelines from Russia in 2019

The details of UK Tier 4 visa cost and processing time in Russia are as under:

Tier 4 students and dependants

Quite clearly, the UK visa cost from for Tier 4 students and their dependants applicants is ₽28,730 ($442). Moreover, the application charges are the same for entry clearance as a student for the Bailiwick of Gurnsey or Bailiwick of Jersey.

UK Tier 4 student priority visa cost in Russia

The UK visa fees from Russia 2019 for Tier 4 students with priority service is ₽46,930 ($722) i.e. application charges ₽28,730 ($442) plus the priority service cost ₽18,200 ($280).

Parent of a Tier 4 child visa

Moreover, the UK visa application cost from Russia for Parent of a Tier 4 child visa (up to 12 months) is ₽42,640 ($656).

How many Russian citizens get the UK Tier 4 student visa?

Evidently, 2,704 students from Russia get the Tier 4 student visa during 2018 i.e. PBS – Tier 4 General student (Main apps) (1,825), Tier 4 Child Student (Main apps) (821) and PBS – Tier 4 General student (Deps) (58).

What is the UK Tier 4 student visa processing time from Russia?

Apparently, the UK Tier 4 visa processing time from Russia is fairly quick as nearly all the applications submitted at TLS Contact centres in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Rostov-on-Don are usually decided within 10-15 days. However, the student visa processing time with priority service is normally within 3-5 working days or one week!

7) Tier 5 work visa applications from Russia

The details of UK Tier 5 visa cost and processing time from Russia are as under:

Tier 5 visa fees

The UK visa cost from Russia in 2019 for Tier 5 main applicant and dependants is ₽20,150 ($310) for Charity Worker, Creative and sporting, Government Authorised Exchange, Religious Worker, Youth Mobility Scheme and International Agreement.

How many Russian citizens get the UK Tier 5 work visa?

Evidently, 857 Russian citizens get the Tier 5 temporary worker visa during 2018 i.e. Charity workers (24), Creative and Sporting (717), Government Authorised Exchange (95), Religious Workers (3) and Tier 5 Dependants (18).

What is the UK Tier 5 visa processing time from Russia?

Perhaps, the average UK Tier 5 processing time from Russia is within 15-30 working days. However, a significant number of Tier 5 applications from Russia also conclude within 5 working days for TLS Contact centres in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Rostov-on-Don.

8) Applications for other work categories from Russia

The details of the charges for other work categories are as under:

Startup and Innovator visa

Apparently, the UK visa cost in Russia for UK innovator visa is ₽84,305 ($1,297). However, the charges for applying a start-up visa are ₽29,965 ($461). Furthermore, if applicable, the charges are subject to a CESC discount of £55 for the main applicant.

Ancestry visa

Moreover, the UK ancestry visa cost from Russia in 2019 is ₽42,640 ($656).

Representative of an overseas business

Furthermore, the UK visa cost in Russia for a representative of overseas business and dependants application is ₽50,375 ($775)Moreover, the UK visa fees from Russia in 2019 is the same for an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation.

Domestic worker in private household

Apparently, the UK visa cost from Russia in 2019 for an overseas domestic worker in a private household is ₽42,640 ($656).

Exemptions

Furthermore, there is no application fee for Turkish businessperson visa, Diplomatic Posting to the UK, Diplomatic Posting to the UK (Dependant), Members of International Organisations on Official Visits, Official Transit through the UK and Official Visit to the UK.

Other work visa fees in Rubles 2019/20

UK visa fee other work categories in Russian Rubles (₽) 2019

Right of abode – certificate of entitlement

The UK visa cost from Russia in 2019 for the Right of abode – certificate of entitlement is ₽32,045 ($493).

Transfer of conditions (vignette transfer)

Moreover, the charges for vignette transfer (transfer of a valid visa vignette to a new passport or replace a lost/stolen document) are ₽12,740 ($196).

Single-entry visa to replace BRP

Apparently, the UK visa cost from Russia in 2019 for a Single entry visa to replace a biometric residence permit is ₽12,740 ($196).

Enquiry service charges

Additionally, the cost of UK visa enquiry service from Russia for knowing the application status is ₽455 ($7) and ₽130 ($2) for International Contact Centre Email Service (per query) and Telephone Helpline (per minute), respectively.

Registered traveller

Quite clearly, the cost of registered travellers service is ₽4,160 ($64) and ₽1,950 ($30) for an adult and child, respectively. Moreover, the cost of registration of new documents is ₽1,625 ($25).

9) Additional FAQs relating to UK visa from Russia in 2019

This covers a few additional faqs relating to application charges and added-value services from Russia, especially for the first time tourist and family visitor visa applicants.

What is the UK child visitors visa cost from Russia?

Apparently, the UK visa application fees from Russia in 2019 for infants and children is the same as that for adults. Therefore, the UK visa cost for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years visitor visa application for infants and children from Russia are also ₽7,865, ₽29,835, ₽54,080 and ₽67,925, respectively.

What is the UK tourist visa cost from Russia?

Certainly, a fresh applicant needs to apply for the 6 months multiple-entry visitor visa for tourism or family visit. Apparently, the UK tourist visa fees from Russia is ₽7,865 ($121). Moreover, at times applicants also refer to the UK 6 months visitor visa as England or London visit visa from Russia. Perhaps, a repeat visitor can also apply for a long-term visitor visa for tourism and family purpose from Russia. Therefore, please note that the UK tourist visa cost from Russia in 2019 for 2, 5 and 10 years visa application is ₽29,835 ($459), ₽54,080 ($832) and ₽67,925 ($1,045), respectively.

How much is the UK business visa fees from Russia?

Certainly, apart from tourism and family, visiting the UK for a business purpose is quite frequent from Russia. Accordingly, the UK business visa cost from Russia for 6-months, 2, 5 and 10 years applications is ₽7,865 ($121), ₽29,835 ($459), ₽54,080 ($832) and ₽67,925 ($1,045), respectively.

What is the UK priority visa cost in Russia 2019?

As explained earlier, quite clearly the cost of UK priority non-settlement and settlement (spouse) visa service in Russia is ₽18,200 ($280) and ₽47,320 ($728), respectively. Moreover, the price of 24-hour same-day super-priority service in Russian Ruble is ₽78,975 ($1,215). However, the super-priority service is yet to initiate in Russia.

Moreover, as also explained in the preceding paragraphs, it is quite important to note: if an application is straightforward and the applicant can afford the priority visa charges to fast-track a settlement or non-settlement application then it is advisable to opt for the priority from Russia. However, the priority service does not affect or influence the outcome of the decision. Therefore, if you are purchasing the fast track service for merely influencing the decision then please don’t waste your money!

TLS Assisted Services in Russia

The TLS Contact Centres in Russia provides the following added-value assisted services in Russia:

  1. Documents scanning and uploading – Payment: Onsite RUB 2,100.00
  2. Scanning of settlement visa documents – Payment: Online or via bank transfer GBP 90.00
  3. Priority scanning and uploading of settlement visa documents within 24h – Payment: Online or via bank transfer GBP 120.00 / RUB 10,560.00
  4. Express courier return of passport – Payment: Onsite RUB 1,000.00 (Moscow & Moscow Regions) and RUB 2,700.00 (Other Regions)
  5. Premium Lounge for exclusive services, flexible scheduling and assistance – Payment: Onsite RUB 6,400.00
  6. Flexi Appointment for walk-in submission of UK visa application in Russia without an appointment – Payment: Onsite RUB 5,000.00
  7. Keep My Passport service to keep your passport during the UK visa processing in Russia – Payment: Onsite RUB 5,200.00
  8. Group Service for help organizing a group visa request – Payment: Onsite RUB 5,000.00

TLS added-value services for upgrading application experience

The TLS Contact Centres provides the following added-value services for upgrading UK visa application experience from Russia:

  1. Prime Time Appointment for submitting UK visa applications in Russia after the business hours – Payment: Onsite RUB 7,500.00
  2. Form Filling Assistance for completing the on-line UK visa application form in Russia – Payment: Onsite RUB 6,000.00
  3. Priority Visa Service (Non Settlement) for getting application decision within 5 working days or 1 week – Payment: Online GBP 220.00
  4. Priority Visa Service (Settlement) for getting spouse and family settlement visa under Appendix FM decision within 30 working days – Payment: Online GBP 573.00

TLS other added-value services in Russia

The TLS Contact Centres in Russia provides the following other added-value services in Russia:

  1. SMS Notification for an immediate alert for passport collection – Payment: Onsite RUB 100.00
  2. Extended Passback Hours for passport collection after business hours – Payment: Onsite RUB 2,500.00
  3. Translation of UK visa application supporting documents in English – Payment: Onsite RUB 900.00 (from French/German) RUB 850.00 (from-into English)
  4. Notary Assistance for documents certification – Payment: Onsite RUB 1,250.00 (Same day) RUB 850.00 (Next day)
  5. Photocopy of the UK visa application supporting documents – Payment: Onsite RUB 50.00
  6. Printing of UK visa application documents from Russia – Payment: Onsite RUB 100.00

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