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Business visa Validity and Renewal questions

+1 vote

I would like to make a business visa for 3 months.
I have never been in Russia before.
Once I am in Russia, can I extend the visa. Or should I go back to Europe to make a new one ?

« Validity 1 year ». Does that mean if you issue the visa July 1st 2020, I have untill July 1st 2021 to leave Europe ?

I have a company in France (self owner). My goal is to register my company in Russia. And pay my taxes there.
If that can help.

Thank you.
asked Jun 19, 2020 in Russian Visa by Theodor (130 points)

1 Answer

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Hi Theodor,

You should get first the 3-month business visa. E.g. from July 15 (when they plan to open Russia) to October 15.

Then you will need to travel out of Russia (can also go to a neighboring country, like Estonia, Finland or Latvia) and reapply for a new visa — this time you can get one for 6 months or 1 year.

Each business visa gives you a possibility to stay every 90 in 180 days in Russia. So a 1-year visa enables you to stay only half of the time in Russia. If you want to settle permanently you'll need a work visa, which is a different thing.

In general, it's a good choice to set up a company in Russia. If your turnover is less than $1 Mln  a year, you can get special tax regime where you pay only 6% on your turnover as a company. Read more on https://waytorussia.net/Practicalities/Entrepreneur-Simplified-Tax-Russia.html
answered Jun 19, 2020 by Ivan Stepanenko (2,730 points)