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Traveling Abroad to Meet Russian Brides
So you've decided to travel abroad to find that dream bride. There are many things to
consider when going to a different country to meet Russian brides. Some of this advice will help you
out no matter where you are traveling to find a bride. Some of the information will be
targeted to those seeking Russian brides since you will be required to travel there to see her
before she can come and see you if you are from the USA or Canada.
Your Place or Hers?
Because of the existing laws and visa regulations, it will make the process move smoother if
you go visit Russia to see your potential Russian bride and start to make plans for your wedding if you hit it
off. It will be easier for you to go see her in Russia than it will for her as a single woman
to get a visitor's visa to the United States or Canada.
Once you have come to Russia to see her, then it will be less complicated for her to get a
visa to come see you. There is the option of her coming over on a tour to see you, in that
case the Tour Agency can arrange the visa, but you will be expected to pay the cost of the tour
which can be expensive. It will cost less money for you to travel to meet your potential
fiancee in Russia.
There are different options on what to do when you travel abroad to meet your Russian bride
for the first time. You can arrange a tour through an agency - either a travel agency or a
Russian marriage agency. If you go through a travel agency, it will cost less, but a marriage
agency will know what your specific needs are in terms of being in Russia for the first time.
These marriage agencies can help with translation services, along with hotels in different
cities and setting up an individualized tour just for you.
When you go to Russia, you may want to meet the woman in Moscow or St. Petersburg. If you
decide to make the arrangements yourself, you should make sure that the plans are acceptable to
the Russian woman you will be meeting. Don't send money to her for travel expenses, send a
ticket that you have purchased, so that you may get the refund yourself if the plans fall
through. If she is traveling to Moscow to meet you, tell her you will reimburse her for her
ticket when she meets you. It will only be for a one-way train ticket and she will be
willing to spend that much if she is really interested in you.
Make sure that plan things out very carefully ahead of time. Your potential bride should
already have a passport for foreign travel, if not it will take an additional 2-3 months for
her to get it. A Russian woman who is serious about becoming a bride will have the passport.
What to Do and See?
There are plenty of cultural and artistic events to attend in many of the Russian cities. You
should discuss with her what she would like to see and do and how she would like to spend time
with you in getting to know you. A mix of social activities combined with dining alone will
help you get to know each other in a variety of situations.
If you are traveling outside the country, it's always wise to travel prepared. Here's a
checklist of some things you might want to bring with you on your travels to Russia to meet a
Neck pillow for flights and train rides
Electric Adapter kits
Address book with contact information
Some type of container, like a pouch, for your passport traveler's checks and other
Camera and accessories, especially film
Raincoat (with liner?), umbrella
Travel alarm clock
Sunscreen or sun block
Prescriptions & medications, best kept in original packaging)
Aspirin, motion sickness medicine
Do it Yourself Visa?
After you meet and decide to get married, you will need to get your bride-to-be into the
country you are from. For example, if you are trying to bring a Russian bride into the United
States, there are a few different ways to accomplish that. Basically the main goal is to get a
"fiancee visa" and there are some requirements involved that are listed below that you must
follow in order to get the visa:
You have to meet a few Russian brides
You meet certain minimum income requirements.
Your fiancee does not have a criminal record.
Both you and your fiancee are legally free to marry.
You must be a U.S. citizen.
Your fiancee has not violated certain U.S. immigration laws.
You have met your fiancee in person within the previous two years.
Once you are sure that you can meet those requirements, then there are some different
approaches you can take to getting the visa.
1. You can apply for it yourselves and fill out all the paperwork yourselves. This is
the cheapest route, but if the paperwork is not filled out 100% perfectly, it can cause delays
2. You can have a fiancee visa service handle it. Make sure the service you use is
licensed. Remember, the service will just be filling out the forms for you and are not usually
immigration attorneys, so if any legal issues come up, they will be ill equipped to handle
3. You can hire a US immigration lawyer to take care of it. This is the most expensive
option, but also the one that will cause you the least hassle, especially with a bride coming
over from Russia.
There are lots of Do-It-Yourself Kits out there that you can look over that will give you a
good idea about what is involved. The process can go smoothly, but any mistakes can cause
delays and that can ruin a marriage with your Russian bride before it even gets started.
Most importantly, do your research on Russian brides. There is a lot of information about
Russian dating out there if you just look around and ask questions. Information is power, so
use it to your best advantage.
About the Author: Anna is a dating expert writing publications for Loversplanet.com - a Russian dating and personals agency where you can learn more about dating Russian brides.