Frequently Asked Questions for U.S. Residents

Do missionaries really need to obtain 10 passport-type photos?

Yes! The visa issued is a three-month humanitarian visa that must be renewed every three months for the duration of the mission. The photos are needed for each renewal.  

Where should missionaries get their passport picture taken?

Any passport photograph place like Walgreens, Wal-Mart, or Costco will work. Some photo-developing places, like Costco, can print several passport-type photos on an 8x10 sheet of photo paper. This is acceptable to send in because the Missionary Travel Office will trim down the photos to the size required by the consulate. No photocopies or homemade photos of any kind will be accepted. If missionaries' photos are not acceptable, new ones will be requested. 

The instructions say the head size must be 1" from the top of the forehead to the bottom of the chin. Is this the standard passport-type photo?

No. This size is the smaller US-type passport photo. Taking a step back from the standard passport photo line should be sufficient to give the photos a head size of 1". The size of the photo itself is still 2x2. Missionaries should wear missionary attire and have a neutral expression with a closed mouth for the photo.  

The dates of entry and exit in Russia are three months apart on the application. Is this an error?

No. The dates are correct because Missionary Travel obtains a three-month visa that will be renewed in country during each missionary's mission.  

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