"The U.S. Embassy in Moscow is pleased to announce that the historic
U.S.-Russia visa agreement will enter into effect September 9, 2012. The
agreement will facilitate travel and establish stronger ties between
Russia and the United States, as it will benefit the largest segment of
travelers in both our countries: business travelers and tourists.
Starting September 9, Russian and American travelers for business or
tourism will be eligible to receive visas valid for multiple entries
during a period of 36 months. The agreement also outlines other
simplifications in the bilateral visa regime and eases visa processing
time for travelers from both countries. At the same time, the United
States will be reducing the fee charged to Russians issued visas for
business or tourism from $100 to $20. Thanks to the agreement, three-year, multiple-entry visas will become
the standard “default” terms for U.S. citizens visiting Russia and
Russian citizens visiting the United States." - State Department, Aug. 29, 2012.