Question by Auto_Fly: What does a Russian citizen have to do to enter the United States?
I have a Russian friend who wants to visit the US but is at a loss for how to go about it. I tried to dig up what info I could but to no avail. Does she need to show the money to enter the US?
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Answer by Edward N.
I have personal experience inviting friends and relatives from Russia.
This is a list of things that you will have to do on your end to invite your friend to visit you:
You might want to check with the Department of State to see if all of this is still needed.
You as his/her American friend has to write an invitation letter. Something like “Hello Friend. I am inviting you to visit me in the United States from July 1st 2020 to July 15th, 2020. I have great plans for you to show you different cities and let you experience the American culture. We will visit many various landmarks like the White House, Empire State building, and local strip clubs :). I will completely cover your costs of living, food, and transportation while you are in the United States.” Blah Blah. You get the idea.
When your friend gets the invitation, he/she will need to set up an appointment at the American Consulate in Russia to apply for a tourist visa. He/She will need to show personal financial status, employment status, the family that will stay behind. Pretty much just need to prove to the immigration inspector that your friend will not impose a financial burden on the US government and has no plans of remaining in the US illegally.
Instructions on how to apply for US Visa, your friend can find on this site:
The process is not very hard, but at the same time needs careful planning and making sure that your friend has all the documents in place.
Answer by Tom
Watch out for scams… Don’t send money overseas.
Answer by james
There is no rule says that they need to show money at customs.
I paid $25 for this interview transcript from a Russia customs officer:
“Elena Garrett (after reading the excerpt to Officer Lukichev):
Does the Customs Service require the departing passengers to have 3600 US dollars in cash?”
No, the Customs Service does not have such requirements, in fact, they are illegal.
There are only requirements for the departing passengers to declare in writing certain amounts of cash… if we are talking about 3600 US dollars, then the passengers are obligated to verbally declare any amount below 3000 dollars. Between 3000 and 10000 US dollars there is a mandatory declaration in writing.”
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