Sydney, Australia (PressExposure) September 05, 2012 -- Just last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin had signed the historic U.S.-Russia visa agreement on the simplification of the visa regime between Russia and the US.
The signing of the treaty is said to ease visa for the US rules for the Russian citizens, and similarly, Russia would do the same for US Citizens.
Once the agreement is published by an official national newspaper, the Russian and U.S. governments will then exchange notes and the agreement is expected to take effect in 30 days.
The US Embassy in Russia welcomes and hails the signing of the treaty, expressing confidence that the document will add significantly to boosting bilateral ties.
On the part of Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, considers the treaty as the 'first step in shifting to the visa-free regime' between both countries.
With the new rules, Russian and US businesspeople and tourists will be able to obtain three-year multi-entry visas for the term of stays of up to six consecutive months as this will become the standard "default" terms for U.S. citizens visiting Russia and Russian citizens visiting the United States.
Under the new agreement, U.S. citizens visiting Russia will no longer be required to meet Russia's previous requirement of obtaining a formal letter of invitation to visit the country, although there is still a need for applicants seeking Russian tourist visas to show advance accommodation reservations and arrangements with a tour operator.
According to the US Department of State, with this new agreement, it would facilitate and establish a much stronger trade and economic cooperation between the two countries, as it will benefit the largest segment of travelers in both our countries: business travelers and tourists.
The Russian State Duma committee, a part of the Russian Parliament which proposes new laws, conducts hearings to discuss proposed national laws, votes on the federal budget, and administers international treaties, had, in turn, stated that the agreement would serve the interests of the Russian Federation and is an important step towards visa-free travel between the two countries.
With the new agreement, according to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, there would be chance to introduce an visa to the US-free travel for Russian citizens by the end of the current decade, though specifying the time frame is hard but they are predicting that the process won't take whole decades.
As one knows, as part of its effort to secure its borders to keep all its citizens and visitors all safe, the US Department of State requires a citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States to generally first obtain a nonimmigrant US visa application for temporary stay or an immigrant visa to the USA for permanent residence before traveling to the United States. The type of visa for the USA you will need is based on the purpose of your travel.
Although having a visa to the US does not guarantee entry to the US, a visa for the USA does indicate that a consular officer at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad has determined that you are eligible to seek entry for that specific purpose.
With your US visa, the DHS/CBP inspectors will then be responsible for deciding your admission to the U.S., for a specified status and period of time.