Telex instruction to grant a visa will be sent following the approval of the request, filed by the authorized body of the territorial or federal authorities to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Telex invitations in support of visa will be forwarded to the Consulate in 2-13 working days.
Lengthy processing of Telex invitations prior to their shipment to the Consulate is due to multiple checks that are routinely made against various databases in which the foreign visa seeker may be included.
Telex invitations arrive at the Embassy or Consulate in the time period from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Moscow time on working days as they are sent directly from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
Typically, in Russian consulates the visa application documents are taken before lunchtime.
This is why it is advised to apply for a visa at the Consulate the next day after receiving the Telex invitation (it will most certainly be accepted by that time).
Telex communication does not serve the interests of non-State actors, this is why the territorial or federal authorities are expected to act as the inviting party when preparing a Telex invitation.
To foreigners, who are invited by Telex, a 6-digit number shall be informed by e-mail, the body of the letter contains details of the inviting party.
If all the properties of the requested visa are similar, the number can be identical for a number of persons.