How To Renew Your Russian Passport

If you are a Russian citizen working in the United States, then you might need to renew your passport one day. It is important that you carefully follow all of the rules and regulations. All of your documents must be exactly how the Russian embassy or consulate requires.

“Working in the United States and Renewing Your Passport”

The Russian government does not presently accept online or mailed applications. You must appear in person to renew your Russian passport at an embassy or consulate located in the United States. These may change, but these are the five locations where they are located presently: Houston, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. Check their websites for open hours and days of operation. Make sure you have all of the required documents, photographs and fees with you.

First, get the application form from the Russian consulate. You may be able to download this and print it out. Carefully follow the instructions. Most of these will be in the Russian language, of course.

Second, you should bring in your old Russian passport or a copy of it to the Russian embassy or consulate. Also bring your original American green card, work permit or visa plus a copy. These will all need to be current.

You need 5 (five) current photographs, less than 1 (one) month old for this passport renewal. Carefully adhere to all the following rules regarding your photograph: size must be 3.5 cm (1.4 inches) x 4.5 cm (1.8 inches), applicant must be facing forward with eyes open, color or black & white are acceptable.

Finally, bring a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your application in which the passport can be returned to you. There will be a fee, so make sure you have your money order ready. Check the application for the fee amount and who to make it out to.

“Contact Private Russian Passport Processors”

There are also private Russian passport processors who can help you get everything completed. The rules are very rigid and can be confusing for some. Make sure that the organization is credible and recognized by the Russian government.

If you need a passport with 48 hours, then make sure to tell the embassy or consulate. Sometimes, this may cost a little extra.

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