Russian Visa: Small anomaly in what consulate printed on passport. Risk it?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Sep 20, 2010 1:24 PM Last Post By: ajwitney
May 14, 2009 11:04 PM
Russian Visa: Small anomaly in what consulate printed on passport. Risk it?Got my Russian Visa back from the Australian consulate this Friday afternoon, two weeks after applying. Considering the stories I read about these, including a recent article in The Melbourne Age (http://blogs.theage.com.au/travel/archives/2009/03/the_nightmare_of_visas.html?page=6#comments) which rated Russian Visas the most frustrating to obtain (author and readers), I must say I was rather relieved.
...until, that is, I double checked it. Everything seemed in order, but where my passport number is written, the clerk 'appears' to have omitted the letter 'M' from my passport 'number' (which is one letter and seven numbers in format.)
The thing is, I am not sure what this letter M is for, and whether it is part of the number; It seems to be on all other Visa stamps I have, but given there is an M and a couple of cyrillic figures bellow 'Sex' just to the left of my number, perhaps the Russians format it differently?
I won't be able to contact the consulate till Monday now (only open Mon-Thu mornings), leaving me less than two weeks before I leave on my trip (and a weekend to bite my nails).
Can anyone shed any light on this issue? Should I continue as if everything's OK or will I need to rectify the problem, even if this means reposting my Visa to another city - Sydney, our only consulate, with less than two weeks before I leave?
May 15, 2009 1:03 AM
1Russian consulates usually don't print letters from "passport number" on visas because a "letter" cannot be a "number" (In Russia at least). In Russia there are "Seriya" and "Nomer". "Seriya" can contain letters.
May 15, 2009 5:29 AM
2I have had all sorts of errors in Russian visas over the years and it has never prevented me from getting into Russia. On one occasion they indicated that I was male, one another they misspelled my name horrendously, another got my date of birth wrong. It doesn't seem to matter as clearly in all cases they made the mistake not me.
May 15, 2009 5:56 AM
Sep 19, 2010 1:42 PM
4Belatedly following up on this post:
Turns out everything was fine with my visa. The lack of a letter M on my passport number (indicating my sex) and the placing of this letter elsewhere does seem to be the way it is done in Russia, given I have now had two visas filled out this way.
Saved me some stress in any case so thanks.
Sep 20, 2010 1:32 AM
Sep 20, 2010 9:34 AM
6Are you also referring to letters in passport NUMBERS Clovis?
This issue related specifically to Russia visa, where all letters are omitted (see Mikhail's comment as to why). As my passport number contains an "M" prefix, I initially wondered why it was missing in my ru visa, suggesting that perhaps this M referred to your sex and was considered redundant by the Ru officials. Turns out this is not the case.
Sep 20, 2010 1:24 PM
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