Irina and Kristobal

Dear Irina,
I decided to write you a letter from wonderful Spain where I and my husband Kristobal are very happy together and send our photographs to your prestigious introduction service.
As you know I wanted to find the man of my dreams. I received many letters from gentlemen of different countries. Then one day I received a letter that was simple but interesting and very special. It arrived in spring 2006. When I was reading the letter I was captured by it very much and, of course, I wrote back very quickly. He was a young man and only some years older than me who was shy and never married. He liked me very much in my photos but he was worried about the future.
You helped me very much and told him about me a little more. The days passed and finally, I received a letter from him again. It was friendly and sincere, and there were photos as well. I felt that he would be more than a friend. It was a day in early summer. When he wrote that he will come soon, I was very excited and the only problem was with the language. He did not know English well, and neither did I. So I did my best to learn something necessary to communicate tête-à-tête, and I bought dictionary to help with the language problem when it is necessary. Frankly speaking I should say that I was worrying very much about the language and how everything would work.
I went to Odessa to meet him myself. After some hours of speaking to each other we already felt that we could be a nice match. Kristobal is shy and me, I am very active, so, I helped him to adapt in Ukraine to get the best impressions about my country and me, of course (joke). And he told me that he cannot see another girl since he saw my photos on the site and he asked if I wanted to be his wife. Of course, I looked him straight in the eye and said “yes.”

About a month after we began writing and calling to each other discussing things about our future, he sent me a special letter filled with love and hope and forms for making documents.
Then he came another time in the middle of October and we were busy with preparing for our wedding. From day to day we saw that our decision was right. We had a wedding according to my Ukrainian traditions. In very little time I had already studied Spanish with a private teacher and could translate everything they said at the ceremony to Kristobal and tell him what he should do.
It was a little funny but he acted like a real gentleman and none could see that he understood nothing. We had a really nice ceremony but we did not want to do the party at the restaurant. It was my wish and Kristobal agreed with me. We had a small party at home with my relatives.
Irina, thank you very much for leaving everything and coming to my wedding ceremony. I consider you as the best friend. I believed that our love is now a reality. I will always remember that day with my white beautiful dress, flowers, Valz of Mendelson and my loved man who became the most important person in my life. 
So, that is my story about HIM and how he came to my house to see me and hold me in his arms and get to know me that I am the only one and special person in his life. The days passed quickly after our wedding which happened on the 20th of October, 2006, like the wink of an eye. He returned to his country and soon, in a month and a half, I went to him.
I believe God sent Kristobal to me. It was the first marriage for us both.
Irina, I am so happy and I am so grateful that you brought us together. You are great!
His parents, relatives and sisters love me very much. I took his traditions and taught them ours too. Kristobal showed me his country and we have a great time as a happy couple.
But life is life. I went to school to study Spanish better. I did not imagine my life without working, though his relatives think that it is not necessary for me to go to work, but Kristobal was not against it. So, after finishing courses Kristobal helped me to find a job at nice hotels on the Reception (I did the same in my country). So, our life goes well. We work both and we do not quarrel about this or that.
I send you some photos from Spain. When I am in Kherson I shall call you and visit you. I want to see you again and express my gratitude to you in person.
Sincerely, Irina and Kristobal
Spain
 

Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 
 
About MyPartnerForever
 
            Who are the owners?
            Where is the company located?
            Do you have offices in Russia?  
            How can I contact you?
What are the company’s objectives and mission?
 
About our Website
 
            Where are all the women from?
            Why do so many beautiful Russian women seek partners from abroad?
            Are Russian women willing to relocate anywhere in the world?
            Why do so many young Russian women seek an older partner?
            How many men actually find their wife in Russia and former USSR?
            Are there statistics about the success rate of these marriages?
            We met through your website; how can we share our success story?
            How do women post their profiles on your website?
            Are there any scammers on your website?
            Why did I see one of your women on another website?
            How many websites do you have?
            What is your privacy policy?
 
About Registration and Membership
 
What membership options do you offer?
What is Free Membership?
What are the benefits of Full Membership?
Do I have to register to post my profile?
            Are there guidelines to follow when I post my profile?
How can I create my account?         
I’ve created my account; why can’t I log in?
            I made changes to my profile; why does it remain unchanged?
            How can I subscribe/unsubscribe from your mailing list?
            Can I delete my account?      
I’m an American Citizen; do you comply with the IMBRA?           
 
About our Services
 
            Who can use your services?
How do I make contact with the women?     
            Can I send them Flowers or Gifts?
            Can I talk over the telephone to the women I am corresponding with?
            Can I have a video chat with the woman I am corresponding with?
            Can I buy the address of a woman?
            Why do I need to purchase credits?
            How can I keep track of my credit balance?
            What type of payments do you accept?
 
About Letter Forwarding
 
            How does your Letter Forwarding system work?
Can I create an Introduction Letter?
            Can I have my letters translated into Russian?
            How can I tell if translation is required?
How can I tell if the letters I sent were received?
            Will you notify me when I get new mail?
            How many letters do women usually receive?
            Is it possible that some letters may not be answered?
            Can I get a negative response in a letter?
            Are the letters screened or censored?
 
About traveling to Russia
 
I’ve been communicating with a woman for some time and we want to meet; can you help?
            Can I plan a trip in which I could meet several women?
            Is it safe to travel to Russia and Former Soviet Union countries?
What about the language barrier?
For which countries do I need a Visa to travel?
            How can I get a Visa?
What if a woman asks me for money for a Visa and/or traveling?
            What is the meaning of FSU and CIS?
            What type of lodging do you offer on your Tours?
            Do I need medical insurance?
            What about currency and credit cards?
            What’s the climate like?
            What about transportation and driving?
Can I use my cellular phone?
            Will I have access to internet connections?
            What about the voltage; will I need an adaptor?
 
 
About MyPartnerForever
 
            Who are the owners?
Alain Lalonde and Yuliya Kuneyeva. Alain grew up working for a family business in Canada and has a great deal of experience in Customer Service. Yuliya is a language teacher and was an administrator for a college in Belarus for over twelve years.
 
            Where is the company located?
Our head office is in Athelstan, a beautiful suburb near Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
 
Do you have offices in Russia?
We have partnered with numerous local agencies throughout Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and most Former Soviet Union countries.
           
            How can I contact you?
            Email: support@mypartnerforever.com
            Telephone: 450-264-4796
            Fax: 450-264-5756
 
What are the company’s objectives and mission?
Our objective is to help lonely hearts from across the world meet and become happy! We take great pride and joy in doing so. We feel privileged to be able to do something we love while helping people find each other, get married and be happy together!
 
Our mission is to provide our users with a website that is reliable, user-friendly, affordable and built around their needs. Your satisfaction is what matters the most and we do everything possible to reach that objective.
 
This website is for honest people truly seeking a partner. If you have anything else in mind, please don’t register on our website.
 
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About our Website
 
            Where are all the women from?
Most women on our website are from Russia and CIS countries (Commonwealth of Independent States). For the purpose of the reader, we sometimes also refer to FSU (Former Soviet Union).
 
            Why do so many beautiful Russian women seek partners from abroad?
There are approximately 10 MILLION more women than men in their native homeland. As you can imagine, that means many Russian women looking for men are not able to find their "Prince Charming" – the man who will make their dreams come true. In Russia they say that “good-to-marry men” are spoken for before they come out of diapers. The fact is that most unmarried men are spoiled by the abundance of beautiful single women and aren’t looking to commit. Also, it’s a known fact that because of social and economical reasons, many men develop problems with alcohol and gambling.
 
On the other hand, Russian women have high traditional values. They seek a relationship built around stability, understanding, faithfulness and strong family values.  Too often, they just cannot find such a partner among local men. They are aware that men from North America, Western Europe, Australia and South Africa, among other ''western'' countries, treat their women with respect and share the same values which are so close to their hearts.
           
            Are Russian women willing to relocate anywhere in the world?
Yes, every woman on our website is willing to relocate anywhere with the right man. They aren’t just looking for a green card or a way out of Russia. They seek a life partner, not a country. That being said,  given that they are in a country where there are high standards of health and education, they will most likely prefer to move to a country with similar or better standards.
 
            Why do so many young Russian women seek an older partner?
In the Russian Tradition, it is common for women to seek older partners because they want maturity and stability in their relationship. An age difference of up to fifteen years is normal, with ten years being quite typical. Our advice is not to overdo it. If this gap is greater, it might work out perfectly, but you may be asking for future problems.
 
            How many men actually find their wives in Russia and former USSR?
It is very difficult to find any statistics about this. Certainly there are tens of thousands of men from around the world who found their wives in Russia since the break-up of the USSR in 1991. Our numerous agencies have married thousands of their women over the years. Please see our Testimonials
           
            Are there statistics about the success rate of these marriages?
Again, it is very difficult to find statistics about this. In the USA, the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) estimated that over 80% of Russian - American marriages are successful, which is approximately 20% greater than the overall success rate in the USA.
 
Russian women are extremely committed to marriage and they will go the extra mile to stay married. It is safe to say that if men do not choose partners much too young for them, don’t have drinking or drug problems, and help their wives adapt to their new country, the success rate of marriages with Russian women can be near perfect!
 
How do women post their profiles on your website?
Every Russian woman on our website is registered with her local agency. They meet in person and prove their identity with passport. They then fill out the form with the data you see on their profile and they will either provide pictures or take them with the agent’s photographer. This way the agency can certify the identity and pictures of every one of their woman. Furthermore, a relationship often develops between them and soon the agents can further help with the right choices and vice-versa when men come to their offices per our Personal Tours
 
            Are there any scammers on your website?
            No. Please read previous question and answer.
 
            Why did I see one of your women on another website?
Yes, it happens. It’s the same as when you try to find a partner on local dating websites; you sometimes create a profile on more than one website to increase your visibility. If you see a woman on more than one website, it means that she is serious about finding her partner and if you think she could be a match , don’t waste any time to contact her!
 
            How many websites do you have?
Only one. When I first decided to find my wife in Russia, I was baffled to see how many websites were offering these services. After countless hours of trying to weed out the good ones, I soon realized that many of them linked to the same database, so it got even more confusing to evaluate who’s who and who’s honest. I guess it’s a free world and everyone has their marketing strategies.
 
At MyPartnerForever we don’t believe in such marketing strategies. We prefer offering ONE website that you can trust. On our website you will find all the information to get familiar with Russian culture and traditions. You will also understand why Russian women seek their partners abroad and what they expect from their future husband.
 
What is your privacy policy?
Please, see our Privacy policy
 
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About Registration and Membership
 
                       
What membership options do you offer?
We offer two types of membership: Free membership and Full membership. We don’t believe in different levels of membership, in which more money gives access to the “more beautiful girls” or the “newest girls” as many other websites do. We believe everyone should have the same chance to find their partner! Please see our Membership
 
What is Free Membership?
Free Membership entitles you to:
·         Have an account with a favorites list.
·         Browse thousands of beautiful Russian women and look for your bride!
·         Plan a Personal Tour and meet your future Russian Bride or meet several beautiful Russian women – it’s affordable and it will be an experience you’ll never forget!
 
What are the benefits of Full Membership?
Full Membership benefits:
·         An account with a favorites list, an inbox, outbox, all history related to letter forwarding plus the history of all financial transactions so you can see how little you're spending to get in touch with your Russian partner.
·         Browse thousands of profiles and write to beautiful Russian women!
·         Create your Introduction Letter and send it to any woman.
·         Receive letters from women, either responses to your letters or an initial correspondence from them!
·         Plan a Personal Tour and meet your future Russian bride or meet and get to know several beautiful Russian women at once.
·         Your Profile is made available to our many partners. This way the women registered with the agencies can see you and begin writing to you!
            Do I have to register to post my profile?
            Yes, you do. Please Sign up Now. It’s FREE!
 
            Are there guidelines to follow when I post my profile?
            Yes, there are.
            Profile Guidelines:
·         No vulgar or obscene text.
·         No indication of contact information such as email, telephone etc.
·         Please fill out enough information to make your profile interesting. Empty profiles won’t be approved.
·         The information about YOU must be accurate and truthful.
 
            Photo Guidelines:
·         No vulgar or obscene photos.
·         No nude photos.
·         No indication of contact information such as email, telephone etc.
·         No clearly recognizable people other than YOU.
 
Ø Please exchange photos of your children, family and friends per your correspondence.
 
How can I create my account?
Just follow this link Sign up Now and follow the instructions.
           
I’ve created my account; why can’t I log in?
We require up to 24 hours to approve your profile. It depends on the time-zone differences (we use PST (GMT – 8 hours) or PDT (GMT – 7 hours in the summer) Note that in most cases, your profile will be approved within a few hours. When your profile is approved, we will notify you by email.
 
            I made changes to my profile; why does it remain unchanged?
Every time you bring changes to your profile, we need to re-approve it. It then follows the same procedure as mentioned above.
 
            How can I subscribe/unsubscribe from your mailing list?
Log in your account, go to your Profile and click Edit Profile. There you will see a check box for this purpose.
 
            Can I delete my account?
Yes. Log in to your account and go to your Profile. There you will see a Delete Account button. Remember that once deleted, all your data and history are gone.
 
I’m an American Citizen; do you comply with the IMBRA?
Yes, we do comply with the IMBRA (International Marriage Broker Regulation Act). According to this law, all US citizens and residents who use marriage agencies to meet someone from abroad need to complete this personal disclosure, which will be translated and forwarded to the foreigner before communication begins. The woman will read it and if she agrees to meet you, she will indicate it and sign the disclosure. The intent of this law is to provide foreigners some information about who wants to meet them and to potentially detect criminals, sexual offenders and recidivists. You need to fill it out only once and we will forward it to any foreigner you wish to communicate with. Please complete it honestly and remember that a minor offence doesn’t prevent anyone from engaging in relationships.
This law applies to all International Dating and Marriage agencies. Many websites don’t seem to want to bother you with this disclosure. Beware, US Immigration officers might refuse your fiancée her Visa application if they find out this procedure wasn’t followed.
 
 
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About our Services
 
            Who can use your services?
Any man who is 18 years of age or older and who is truly seeking a partner for marriage.
 
How do I make contact with the women?
You browse profiles and once you find women you’re interested in, introduce yourself by sending them an Introduction Letter or a Composed Letter.
           
            Can I send them some Flowers or Gifts?
Yes, you can. On every woman’s profile there’s a “Send a Gift’’ button. Click this button to see all Gifts available and follow the instructions.
 
            Can I talk over the telephone to the women I am corresponding with?
Yes, you can. Just let us know through Customer Service which lady you wish to talk to with the date and time you’d like to call her and we will see if she’s interested and let you know her answer.
 
            Can I have a video chat with the lady I am corresponding with?
We don’t offer this service for the simple reason that it takes high speed at both ends for any video chat to work properly and very few Russian women have access to high speed. Otherwise it turns out to be more frustrating than anything else.
 
            Can I buy the address of a woman?
No. We just don’t believe in selling anyone’s address. Many agencies do it, as it seems to be a standard introduced many years ago in this industry. We think it is not ethical and can àpotentially dangerous. Imagine what could happen if a woman’s address fell into the wrong hands.
 
            Why do I need to purchase credits?
You need to purchase credits to be able to send and receive Letters. You will also need credits to use Translation Services and to send Flowers and Gifts. The reason it costs money to send and receive letters is because the women on our website don’t have an interactive account. The main reason is that most of them don’t have access to internet and this is why they registered with their local agency. For some women, it is also a question of security. Many women are still afraid to have their profiles on the internet. By registering with their local agency, they feel they are in good hands and are well protected from potential hackers and offenders.
 
Furthermore, take in consideration that nice-looking women who put their profiles on interactive websites will often get 400-500 letters in the first few days. They tend to get very selective and in many cases they just don’t have the time to read most of the letters.
 
Sending a letter through our system will cost you 5 credits ($5.00 USD) and it will be delivered to the woman of your choice within a few days GUARANTEED. Ladies registered with their local agencies don’t get these “mass mailings” and are always happy to get a new letter!
 
            How can I keep track of my credit balance?
            Simply log in to your account and click Account History.
 
            What type of payments do you accept?
We use PayPay for 100% secure payments. You can pay with your PayPal account or with most credit cards.
 
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About Letter Forwarding
 
            How does your Letter Forwarding system works?
When you send a letter to a woman, it is sent directly to her local agent. The agent then calls the woman to inform her that she has received a letter. She will go to their office to get her letter and check your profile. If she’s interested in getting to know you more, she will write you back. If she’s not interested, she will simply not reply.  You will never be charged for “not interested’’ letters. This process may take between 1 to 5 days depending on how quickly the woman can pick up your letter. See Letter Forwarding and Letter writing tips
 
Can I create an Introduction Letter?
Yes. Log in to your account and go to your Home tab and follow the instructions. We will professionally translate your introduction letter. Once translated, you can use it as many times as you wish. If you ask us to edit it, there will be a 10 credit charge again because the person who translates it needs to basically redo the whole letter. So please, review it before sending for translation. See Introduction Letter and Translation
 
            Can I have my letters translated into Russian?
Yes, we have professional translators. They are Russians and are fluent in foreign languages. They have experience in translating personal letters and this helps keep the meaning and integrity of your letters. See Translation
       
When you send a letter there is a check-box at the bottom of the page which reads “Do you want this letter to be translated?” This check-box is unchecked by default so make sure to check it if you wish your letter to be translated.
 
            How can I tell if translation is required?
If the lady indicates her English ability as Initial or Medium, we recommend translation on your first correspondence. By having your letter translated you automatically pre-approve translation on her reply, if required. If the woman writes back in English, of course you will not be charged any translation. All Russians have learned some English at school and their skill level varies with their work and social environment. Many of them are also in the process of learning it. Young people are generally more familiar with English.
 
How can I tell if the letters I sent were received?
Log in to your account and go to Messaging and then click Outbox. There you will see all letters sent and the status of each letter. If the envelope is opened, it means the agent opened it and is in contact with the woman.
 
            Will you notify me when I get new mail?
Yes, we will notify you by email every time you get new mail. You can also log in to your account, click Inbox and see all letters received.
 
            How many letters do women receive?
On the average, women will get 3 to 5 letters. However, it varies a lot depending on how attractive she is, her English ability, her age etc. But even the most beautiful women will get far less letters than on interactive websites. So when you feel a woman has what it takes to make a perfect match, go for it! Send her a letter and who knows? As with everything, if you don’t try …you’ll never know!
           
            Is it possible that some letters may not be answered?
            Yes. If the woman isn’t interested, she will not reply to your letter.
 
            Can I get a negative response to my letter?
No. If the woman is not interested in corresponding with you, she will simply not reply to your letter.
 
            Are the letters screened or censored?
No, we don’t screen or censor your letters but please remain polite and respectful. If you communicate in a vulgar of obscene way with the woman she will most likely let us know and your account will be closed. See our Terms of Service
 
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About traveling to Russia
 
I’ve been communicating with a woman for some time and we want to meet; can you help?
Yes, we will assist you every step of the way to make sure your journey is pleasant and successful. Go to your future Russian bride’s profile and click Meet me and follow the instructions. Please read our Tips for Planning a Personal Tour
 
            Can I plan a trip in which I could meet several women?
Yes, you can. You will need to indicate which city you wish to travel. Go on our Tour page and follow the instructions. If you wish to travel to several cities, please write us about your plans at Customer Service. Read our Tips for Planning a Personal Tour
           
 
            Is it safe to travel to Russia and Former Soviet Union countries?
Yes, Russia is a safe country to travel. Just like traveling in any country, follow the basic safety rules and you will be fine. Please read Is it safe to travel to Russia?
 
What about the language barrier?
You don’t need to worry too much about the language barrier. This isn’t as much of an issue as it would have been years ago. Young people are getting more and more familiar with the English language and most people working with the public can hold a conversation in English. If required, our local agents will provide an interpreter.
 
            For which countries do I need a Visa to travel?
            Russia – you will need a Visa
            Belarus – you will need a Visa
The Ukraine – Citizens of the USA, Canada, Japan, European Union countries, Norway, Monaco, San Marino, Andorra, Iceland, Swiss Confederation and Liechtenstein don’t need a Visa for a visit of less than 90 days. All other citizens need a Visa.
Other CIS countries: you will need a Visa
Follow this link for more information on Visas
           
            How can I get a Visa?
Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate from the country you intend to visit. The paperwork may seem complicated at first glance but as you get familiar with the process, it becomes rather simple. You can also ask your travel agent to help or work with one of the numerous internet agencies that specialize in this field. Follow this link for more information on Visas
 
What if a woman asks me for money for a Visa and traveling?
Never send money to a woman you haven’t already met. If a woman asks you for money, she is most likely dishonest. If this ever happens, please let us know and we will investigate.
 
What is the meaning of FSU and CIS?
FSU (Former Soviet Union) refers to all 15 republics that formed the USSR before the break-up in 1991.
CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) refers to an alliance of  9 of the 15 former soviet republics, which was formed on December 21, 1991 signalling the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Follow this link to read more details in our Glossary
 
            What type of lodging do you offer on your Tours?
Apartments are the most popular type of accommodation in these countries. Apartments are clean, fully furnished, securely located and can be rented by the day or week. They vary in size and level of luxury but you will always find a kitchen, private bathroom and bedroom. Our agents offer a wide range of apartments. The price is competitive and usually cheaper than hotel rooms. Hotel rooms are available in most cities but not all agents offer them, as apartments are standard.
           
            Do I need medical insurance?
When traveling in any country we recommend you get medical insurance for the length of your trip.
 
            What about currency and credit cards?
Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and other CIS countries have their own currencies but Euros, USD and most credit cards are widely accepted.
 
            What’s the climate like?
Russia is the largest country on the planet, so it really depends on which city you’re traveling to. For some reason (probably media and movies) we often picture Russia as a very cold country. This is true for Siberia but not for most populated areas where you are likely to travel. However, it is a northern country and if you plan to travel in the winter, dress accordingly.
Read more about Climate in Russia
 
            What about transportation and driving?
Unless you are very familiar with Russia and can read Russian, we recommend you don’t bother renting a car. All of our agents can provide a driver with a car for very reasonable fees. Taxis, subway, buses and train travel are safe and affordable.
 
            Can I use my cellular phone?
Russian providers use the GSM technology as do all European countries. If you are from North America, your cell phone may not use this technology depending of your provider. You should also verify what kind of coverage and rate packages your provider can offer to avoid expensive roaming charges. Our agencies can usually provide a mobile phone rental by the day.
 
            Will I have access to internet connections?
Generally, only expensive hotels in large cities offer Wi-Fi connections. You will not find this in the standard apartments. You can always configure a dial-up connection and connect with a local provider but it will take precious time. We recommend you travel light and leave the laptop at home. You can always access your mailbox through numerous internet clubs. They are easy to find and inexpensive (approx. $1.00 USD per hour). If you really need to stay in touch with your business, you can use software such as LogMeIn and access your data from an internet club.
 
            What about the voltage; will I need an adaptor?
The voltage in Russia is 220 volts as in all European countries. Most laptops will take 110 or 220. Your electric razor should be fine for 220 as well. For any appliances, verify on the adapter and if you see 250, it’s OK for 220 volts. If you are from a country that uses 110 volts, such as Canada and the USA, you will need an adapter so your 2 flat prongs will adapt to the 2 round holes of the European standard 220 inlet. This can be bought in most department stores or electronic stores for a few dollars. If you want to use an appliance which uses 110 and cannot take 220, you will need a transformer that brings the 220 to 110. This can be bought at most electronic stores for approx $30.00 USD.
 
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Visiting Visa

 
Belarus 
 
All foreign citizens need a visa to travel to Belarus.
There are two types of visas you need to consider for a Tour:
Ø      Tourist visa (single, double or multiple entries) for 1 month
·        Our agent can provide you the Letter of Invitation
Ø      Visitor’s visa for 1 month
·        Citizens of the USA, Canada, European Union states and some other countries (please, check at the Embassy), who applies for private visa (valid for 30 days or less) to the Republic of Belarus do not need to provide any letters of invitation. Still, the inviting person's first and last names and home address must be indicated in the visa application form.
Ø      Get in contact with the nearest Embassy or Consulate from Belarus and they will provide you with all information and documents required.
Ø      A visa to Belarus can normally be obtained within a few days.
 
Russia 
 
All foreign citizens need a visa to travel to Russia.
There are two types of visas you need to consider for a Tour:
Ø      Russian Tourist Visa
·        Our agent can provide you with Visa Support Documents
Ø      Russian Private or Homestay Visa
·        Your host can provide you with Visa Support Documents
Ø      Get in contact with the nearest Embassy or Consulate from Russia and they will provide you with all information and documents required.
Ø      A visa to Russia can normally be obtained within a few days.
 
Ukraine 
 
Citizens of the following countries don’t need a Visa to travel to Ukraine:
Ø      USA, Canada, Japan, European Union countries, Norway, Monaco, San Marino, Andorra, Iceland, Swiss Confederation and Liechtenstein.
    • Note that your visit must not exceed 90 days.
Ø      All other citizens need a tourist visa to travel to Ukraine.
·        Get in contact with the nearest Embassy or Consulate from Ukraine and they will provide you with all information and documents required.
·        If you are required to have ‘’Visa Support Documents’’ also referred as ‘’Visa Support Letter’’ or ‘’Invitation Letter’’, let us know and the agent from the city where you are planning to Tour will provide you with this document.
Ø      A visa to Ukraine can normally be obtained within a few days.
 
 
 
All other CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries: 
 
·        Armenia
·        Azerbaijan
·        Kazakhstan
·        Kyrgyzstan
·        Moldava
·        Tajikistan
·        Uzbekistan 
 
Ø      All foreign citizens need a visa to travel to any of these countries.
Ø      Get in contact with their nearest Embassy or Consulate and they will provide you with all information and documents required.
 
 
Notes
  
  • To obtain a visa, you can check with your travel agency, apply on-line through specialized websites or contact the nearest embassy/consulate and do it yourself.
    • It may look as a lot of paperwork at the beginning, but as anything else, you will soon get familiar with the whole process.
  • Plan ahead of time to avoid expensive accelerated document handling and shipping.
  • Plan for medical insurance.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How can I bring my new wife into my country?

 
Once you and your Russian woman have decided to unite your destinies, you will need to plan your marriage and deal with a lot of paperwork so your wife can immigrate to your country. But it can be done and we're here to help!
 
If you are an American citizen, the information that follows applies but we recommend you invite your Russian bride to your home with the Fiancée Visa, also referred as the K-1 Visa. The immigration laws differ for each country, so you need to contact your government to get the exact procedure you and your wife will have to follow.
 
Once familiar with the immigration process, you will need to plan your wedding. Since it is very difficult for Russian women to get a tourist visa in  "western countries,"  it is most likely you will plan your wedding either in Russia or in a country where you can both travel. If doing so, verify the visa requirements: e.g. Russians can travel to Cuba without a visa and they can easily get one for the Dominican Republic.
 
Whether you marry in Russia or in another country, verify ahead of time all the documents required, such as divorce certificates, certified translation of the documents etc. Marrying in you fiancee's home town has many advantages: all her family and friends will be able to attend the ceremony, you can fly in members of your family, the wedding certificate will be quickly available and …you will become part of the Russian Wedding Traditions!! If you plan to marry in another country, inquire about the legitimacy of the wedding certificate and the delay for obtaining it.
 
While waiting for the very special day, we suggest you finalize the immigration paperwork, so when you meet for the wedding, all you will have to do is review your paperwork. This way you don't have to worry about it on your honeymoon and you'll only be waiting for one document: the wedding certificate!!
 
The delays for processing immigration documents vary from one country to another and from one embassy to another. Your government should be able to give you an approximate idea of the processing time. The quality of the documents you supply can certainly shorten the delay, so we recommend you take extra time and care to ensure that your application is complete.
 
 
Americans citizens have the privilege to invite their fiancée to the USA for a period of 90 days with the Fiancée Visa, also referred to as the K-1 Visa. In order to obtain a Fiancée Visa for your future Russian bride:
·        You need to have personally met her within the two years prior to your application
·        You need to prove your ability to provide financial support for her
·        You and your fiancée must be legally free to marry
Once your fiancée arrives in the USA you have 90 days to get legally married. If you do not marry for some reason, she will have to return to her native country. This does not mean that you cannot resubmit another request for a Fiancée Visa in the future.
Contact the U.S. Government for information about the Fiancée Visa, what types of marriages are legally recognized and what paperwork is involved after the wedding.
 
We, Alain and Yuliya (see Our Story), had decided to share our life at my home in Canada. We went on the Canadian government website and found all the information required. There was a lot of information, tons of documents and many different forms. At first we thought this would be an immense task but as we read and became more familiar with the process, we realized that it was not so complicated. It is a question of simply following the steps one by one.
It is very important to not bypass or skip anything because your immigration request will be denied and this will result in delays and discouragement for both of you. Just follow the steps, provide all documents required and you will be pleasantly surprised with the results. Less than four months after filing our application, the Canadian government called to inform us that Yuliya and her daughter Anastasiya could move to Canada. The following month, I (Alain) flew to Grodno, Belarus, spent a week with Yuliya’s family and we all came back  to Canada together as a new family!
 

From Nastiya

I want to share my thoughts with you.
 
Sometimes life can change in one moment. You don’t expect it, you just live your normal life. You are in one world, and then suddenly you are thrown sharply into another that is unfamiliar to you. Before, I lived in Belarus, in the city of Grodno, but now I have started a life in Canada with my new family: Аlain, the husband of my mum, and his son Charles.
 
When Mum was preparing my travel documents, I still did not fully realize what changes would happen.  I assumed that it would be hard and that much effort would be required.  But these changes were not as terrible as I thought.... The main thing is to be strong.  You should know WHY you are doing this. You should be involved in the decisions and be thinking of your family. Help out and be a friend who can be depended on.
 
I was patient as I began preparation for a new life. This began with studying language. It is very important to begin this process even before departure. First I did not give it great value, but now I know how important it is to be able to arrive in Canada and  have basic conversations with people. Certainly, it was far from perfect, but it has given me a desire to study more language as soon as possible.
 
 
The hard part is that yes, I have left my friends behind. But now, in the 21st century, there are many ways to communicate long distance. We have not lost contact. Even more difficult was leaving my grandparents. I was used to seeing them every day, talking, consulting them about the smallest thing. But we are in touch by Internet and phone. And sometimes when you're separated you start to appreciate the people close to you in a different way.
 
I look at Mum and I see how she is so happy to have met the man of her life. They are… I do not know how to describe it! Simply, they are very happy. Everyone shines because of it. And, like in the song: “It is terrible to us neither a thunder-storm nor a blizzard, when we are with each other...”
 
I somehow feel that I have known Аlain for many years. I was not close with my father, and have received the present careful attitude from the man only now. I can say with pleasure that my life has changed for the better because I see Mum happy and cheerful. Now she doesn’t have to solve everything by herself, now she is MARRIED, now she has a husband, and she is protected. And I can relax and enjoy life!
 
With Charles, my step-brother, I have a very good relationship. I shall tell you a secret:  I always wished for an older brother, a defender and a friend. To me he became this. He helps me study language, do my lessons and anything else I need help with.
 
I wish to point out that since I got here people have been very open, willing and happy to help.  My new school friends make me feel comfortable and help me adapt to my surroundings. Yes, at first it was difficult. But sociable, friendly schoolmates look out for me and are happy for my successes. They also help me study language. I feel their respect because I can speak their language. They understand that I am not so fluent as they are, but I at least try.
 
At school I did not have problems. I am happy that before my arrival, mum and Аlain found me a tutor. I was accepted in the school. I have caring teachers. Especially I want to give my big thanks to my French teacher, Dian, who became my senior friend. She carefully followed my lessons and asked other teachers about my successes as well.
 
To tell you the truth, if anybody suggested I go back to Belarus, I would disagree.  It is good here for me. And there is no need to be afraid of difficulties. Just look them directly in the face and go forward.
 
I am so grateful to God that I have the wonderful family I always dreamed of!
 

Natalia and Alfred's Story

Natalia and Alfred had to go a long way to find each other.
 
Alfred, a 35-year-old man from Germany, had not had good luck in his personal life and finally came to the agency in Grodno. Natalia, from Belarus, was 30 and had not had much luck of her own in finding the right partner. She was waiting for someone special and unique, someone she felt a strong connection to. She didn’t want to meet any more men who weren’t willing to share their deep feelings.
 
To tell you the truth, Alfred had great success at the agency in Belarus. There were many women he found attractive and it became difficult to make the correct choice. Luckily, the agency was there to help him figure out what he was truly looking for so he could avoid making a mistake. Soon he realized that Natalia was the right woman for him; a happy beginning for two lonely people creating a new family!
 
Natalia and Alfred have been married for four years now, and they have a two-year-old son, Leon.  Natalia has adapted to life in Germany perfectly and they come to Belarus (city of Grodno) every year and brighten our days with their happy family.
 
Maya
Grodno, Belarus

Anna and Bernard's Story

Anna and Bernard's Story
In Russia people say that marriage takes place in the sky, where balloons or doves are released during the ceremony to show the world that the new couple is married…but to Anna and Bernard it all began with an agency.
 
Bernard was from France and he arrived at our agency in the spring of 2004. He reviewed the photos and bios of different women, but he did not notice Anna’s. He had several meetings at the agency’s office, and women came and went, but his heart remained silent.  
 
“Where is the unique woman I’ve been waiting for?” Bernard wondered. About this time Anna decided to bring her new photos to the agency. She had been a member of the agency for several years. There had been meetings, there had even been trips, but somehow nothing ever developed.
 
On this particular day we had just spread out Anna’s new photos on the table and begun to select the best. Bernard had been in a meeting at the agency and when it ended he came out to reception where we sat with Anna. She simply lifted her head to look at him and our Bernard was dumbfounded. His heart hammered in his chest and he knew instantly that a miracle had come to pass. He had no doubt that she was the woman of his dreams, that he had finally found his second half.
 
However, it was still necessary to convince Anna! But Bernard soon managed this and the young happy family was born. Anna adapted perfectly to France, although of course in the beginning there were adjustments to make. Anna had actually studied German and had intended to marry a German man. But these were small issues that were successfully overcome in due course.  Now Anna speaks perfect French and even works at the French school, where she teaches art to children.
 
Anna and Bernard have been married for four years. Today they are happier than ever about their decision to join their lives. Their story is not unusual, but it is unique and precious to them. 
 
 
Maya
Grodno, Belarus