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You pay ONLY for some of our online Russian date services. 1. You pay for reading other members’ messages. You need to purchase credits for this (see below). 2. If you make a phone call through us, you will be charged for that, as well. That’s it. All the rest of our services are completely free. Among the FREE services are: registering a profile, searching our database and viewing other members’ profiles, sending messages and smiles.
The easiest way is to procure them online with a credit card (we accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discovery). In order to do that you log in to your profile, go to Membership and purchase the desired amount. If don’t have a credit card, or prefer not to use it online, click for other payment options.
It depends on the amount you buy:
- 100 credits or more - $1.00 per credit
- 55-99 credits - $1.09 per credit
- 20-54 credits - $2.00 per credit
It will show as "1st International Marriage Network", or more often as an abbreviation of the latter, like "1st Int'l Marr NTWK" 1st International Marriage Network is the Russian date parent company.
There are a few aspects. First, it depends on the number of men she is corresponding with: the more men she corresponds with, the more costly to open her letters (if she stops writing to a man, the price goes down). So, you’ve got a task at hand here! Become the one and only. Second, it depends on the potential Russian wife’s English skills (if she can’t read and write in English and will have to use a translator, the price will be higher). Third, if that potential Russian wife doesn’t have Internet access at home, she will use a computer at her local dating agency - this will increase the cost, as well.
If a lady from our Russian wife club got under your skin and you want to get her direct contact details, this is what you do. First, you need to fill out the IMBRA form, if you haven’t done that before ( for US citizens only). Then, you have two options. One option (recommended) is to open 15 (fifteen) messages from the Russian girl. Then you have the right to request her contact info (or your money back, if for some reason this cannot be provided, which is very unlikely). Another option is to pay a $50 fee, at which point we will contact your potential Russian wife and ask her permission to send you her contact details. Take into account that this money will not be refunded, if she denies you permission, so make sure you have agreed well before you proceed.
Important! Please, keep in mind that even if you do have 15 opened messages from a potential Russian wife, exchanging personal contact info through our messaging system is not allowed. If you want to exchange such information with a girl, contact us. Please, do not try to send a potential Russian wife your email address or other contact info in an “encoded” form (i.e. written backwards, etc.). It won’t work – you’ll just waste time.
The Requested Contacts Page (which can be accessed from the menu on the left side of your control panel) displays the contact details you have requested. Note that it is updated only after your contact info request has been processed. So, please, be patient.
First, what a friends list is not: it is not a list of people a member is writing to. To be on a member’s friends list, you send them an invitation, which they can choose to accept, or the other way around: a member sends you an invitation and you accept it. Being a "friend" is a mutual thing. That means, if a potential Russian wife is on your friends list, you are automatically on hers. You can remove any "friend" from your list by logging into your profile, going to "Communicator", then "Friend members", checking the people you wish to remove and clicking "Delete from Friends List".
People on your friends list have access to your private photos, which are protected by your private password from everyone else.
Know that the list of your "friends" can be viewed by any member, or even a visitor to the site. Having many friends, or having just a few, or even none is a personal choice. Friends on a member’s profiles mean different things to different people. Having many friends for some means they are popular. Others prefer to keep their relationships private, so they won’t list any friends. Yet for some to list a person as a friend means they are serious about them. So, when you come across a potential Russian wife don’t rush in judging the meaning of her friends list, or the lack of it. Pay attention to the ratings of her photos (number of votes and average rating) and her popularity (more credits per letter means more people are writing her).
Since private pictures are password protected, you need to contact that potential Russian wife and ask for the password. Do this after you have established communication with the her.
Of course. You can order an interpreted phone call, for 1.8 credits per minute (1 credit if you don’t require translation). It needs to be ordered in advance because we will need time to contact your chosen Russian wife’s local agency or the girl herself, and make sure she’s available at the requested time. Please, note that exchanging personal contact information during such phone calls is not allowed. Here you will find some tips on better making up your first phone call.
Many Russian girls on our website are represented by local dating agencies, where they contact our representatives in person. Besides, we are on the watch for suspicious activity: if a member mass mails others, uses certain words, etc., this triggers a red flag, and we run a thorough check on the member in question. With regret, because of thousands of profiles it is impossible to filter out all scammers. So, we ask you to be on guard and alert us of anything suspicious.
Fairly, no one can know for sure the intentions of others. Still, after you write back and forth to a potential Russian wife for a while and possibly meet her in person, you will get a pretty good impression of what she is about. Besides, for her to get permanent residency in the US unconditionally, she has to remain married to a US citizen for at least 2 years. Add the processing time and you get about 3 years before she can leave. That’s enough time for you to make a good impression on her, right? :) Could a person be so calculated as to go through all this trouble for a green card? It's quite possible, yet our experience testifies that most Russian girls coming here are honestly looking for a dependable man with whom to create a family. If her husband treats her with respect, she will stay. As you know, some men can be jerks, so they get what they deserve. Then, they will cry all over the Internet about how "she took advantage" of them. According to statistics, the divorce rate among international couples in the US is several times lower than that of regular American couples.
It is normal for Russian girls to marry older men. This may clash with American stereotypes (or maybe not). If you hope to marry a sexy Russian wife, learn to look beyond these stereotypes. There are limits, of course. If you are 50 and seek an 18-year-old bride, this could be a bit too much, but 25 years old and over would be ok. Still, each person has each own standards. Some Russian girls don’t mind a substantial age difference, while others do. Usually, the age preference is showed in their profiles.
Yes, we are fully compliant. Upon request, you will receive an IMBRA release that you will need when applying for your potential Russian wife’s fiancée visa later. We are not impressed with this law either, ‘cause it puts a lot of needless burden on us and our clients, so we urge you to sign petitions to repeal it. Yet, as it stands today, the law is the law, so we stand by it.
Outside the continental US, one cannot use the US toll-free numbers. This includes our toll-free main and fax numbers. Outside the continental US may or may not include Canada, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. For example, some of our customers in Canada manage to call us on our toll free number, while others can't. If so, please, use our regular (toll) numbers or contact us via , free 24 out of 24.
Click here for our mailing address and other updated contact information. This is the address where you can forward all correspondence, including payments, orders, and inquiries.
Most likely, your email provider has blocked the delivery of our email to you because of its anti-spam policies. Many email providers, especially some like Hotmail, Yahoo, and AOL block a lot of legitimate emails because they treat them as SPAM. With today's large volume of SPAM on the Internet, email providers have to take steps to protect their users from huge amounts of unsolicited emails. They use automatic filters or rules, by which they sort out messages into 3 categories: ones that should be delivered, ones that get deleted, and a category "in between" for those messages that end up in your "Bulk mail", "Junk mail" or similar folder. We never send unsolicited messages to anyone, but still some of our emails to our customers get blocked.
If this information has not solved your problem or you believe that's not the problem, contact us by phone or via and we will gladly help you. If you have not received a response to your question via email, the first thing to do would be to check your "Bulk mail", "Junk mail" or similar folders. If you find it there, please, click "Not spam" or similar button in your email browser. If you don't find our message in your "Bulk mail", "Junk mail" or similar folder and you are using Hotmail or AOL, please, follow these instructions to unblock us.
First, login to your account and check your messages. The Russian girls’ messages will come into your account Inbox, not directly to your email. However, you should get notifications to your e-mail from us about every new message/response received. If don't, please, read the above answer to ensure you are receiving emails from us. If there are still no messages in your email inbox, make sure that you have a photo for your profile and that it displays correctly. Leave the surprise for other occasions - let your potential Russian wife see you upfront! Profiles without pictures get almost no replies. If you still get no response to more than 3 messages, let us know and we will try to find out what's going on.
In order to protect the privacy of our members and to prevent spam our system does not allow users to send a message to a member from whom you have 2 or more unopened messages. If you want to send him or her a message, you need to go back to your Communicator and open the mail you've got from her or him. If you have by mistake deleted those unopened messages, please contact the administrator.
If your profile was rejected, it must have violated some of our rules, or it seemed suspicious to our moderators. Here are some things you can do to ensure your profile is not rejected:
- Post a picture. It must be a picture of yourself, with your face clearly visible. No nudity or private contact info in photos is allowed.
- Write a decent description. A profile with no description (or a pointless or obscene one) will be rejected.
- Enter your private contact info (such as email, phone number) only in the fields explicitly provided for it.
- Choose the country in which you are located at the moment. If you normally live somewhere else, you can indicate that in your description.
- Provide your phone number.
Traveling to Russia
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What to expect on your trip, where and when to start, what to bring along...
If you already have a passport valid at least six months after the dates of your travel, we will fax you the visa support documents within 1-2 business days. Then, you need to apply to the consulate for the visa. Visa processing for Russia takes about 2 weeks for standard processing, but you can pay extra money and have it ready even on the same business day. Add the time for mailing the documents to the Consulate and back. They accept express delivery, including FedEx next day, and can send you the documents back the same way, if you provide prepaid waybill. Another option would be to go in person to a Russian Consulate in New York, San Francisco or Seattle and get the visa the same day. It will cost about $300. It may seem inconvenient, but it’s worth that sexy Russian wife in waiting!
It is quite safe in Russia and other CIS countries, if you know where to go and what to do. It might be somewhat dangerous, if you get lost and you are on your own. Stay away from unsafe neighborhoods, don't flash your cash and just follow the basic safety rules and you will be fine. A good idea is to have the Russian wife you are visiting pick you up at the airport and show you around.
Yes, you can bring your laptop and you will need a simple adapter. As far as customs office is concerned, there are no restrictions on transporting your personal laptop across the Russian border. Now about the adapter? The electricity in Russia as in all the other European countries is 220 volts (it is 110 in USA). So, for all other electronic devices except your laptop you will need a step down transformer (an adapter that changes voltage). You can get one at Sears or Radioshack for $20-$30. The laptops are the lucky exceptions in that they do not need a transformer, because their chargers normally take in any voltage from 110 volts to 250 volts. There may be laptop chargers out there that would not take 220 volts, but we have not seen one. Please, check your charger first before you fry your laptop! The acceptable voltage should be printed directly on the charger. In case your laptop takes 220 volts, you still need a simple adapter - Russian electrical outlet has 2 round holes, while an American plug has 2 flat prones and there is no way you can fit one into the other. So you need to buy a cheap ($1-$3) adapter that has 2 slits for flat American prones and 2 round prones on the other end to plug into the Russian outlets. You can get these in many places: RadioShack, Sears, or even at your local WalMart. Network and phone connectors are the same as in the US. This applies to all CIS countries.
If you are staying in an expensive hotel in a main city, they might have Wi-Fi connection. Please, check with your hotel first. Needless to say, the Wi-Fi standard is the same throughout the world, so you shouldn't have any problems. If this does not apply to you, read on:
- If you only need to access Internet from a public computer (to access Internet, or your web-based email, like Yahoo or Hotmail) there are lots of Internet cafes in almost every city of the former Soviet republics. Just ask the hotel personnel or a taxi driver. The rate for Internet usage at an Internet cafe is usually about $1 per hour.
- Connecting your own laptop may be more difficult. Unfortunately, neither Russia nor any other CIS country has a nation-wide Internet provider, like AOL in the USA (for lack of a better example). So, you will have to find a local provider in the city where you are staying. Again, the hotel personnel could help you locate one. You can also find one on the Internet before your trip. You should be prepared to prepay your Internet access in cash, because local providers normally do not take credit cards. The rates are usually $0.50-$1.00 per hour. Another option is to take your laptop to the nearest Internet cafe and ask the staff to connect it to the Internet. They are always willing to do so at a regular hourly rate. NOTE: in some major cities there would be parks, public plazas, or regular cafés providing free Wi-Fi connectivity. Just ask around.
Yes, but you need an AC adapter. The electricity in Russia and all other European countries is 220 volts (it is 110 in USA). So for all electronic devices except your laptop you will need a transformer (an adapter that changes voltage). These are often called step down transformers and can be found at Sears or Radioshack at $20-$30. We have decent ones for sale for $15 plus shipping. Contact us to order one.
It depends on the provider that you are using. All European providers use GSM standard for cell phone communication, so, if you are from any European country, your phone will work seamlessly in Russia. You are likely to be charged premium roaming charges, so, please, check with your provider. They may have a calling plan that covers Russia, so you won't incur roaming charges.
In USA: Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint use the older proprietary CDMA standard. Those phones WILL NOT work in Russia at all. I have tried it myself. On the other hand, T-Mobile and Cingular use more widely accepted GSM standard, so, those will work in Russia. Usually, you do not need a quad-band “world phone” as they call it. In Russia the most widely used frequency is GSM 1800. Most GSM phones offered on US market can operate on this frequency. Occasionally, you may encounter coverage for older GSM 900 standard. To get a signal in these locations, you have to have a phone that will work on this frequency. Check your cell phone manual or call your wireless service provider to find out what frequencies your phone can operate on.
Normally, with USA providers like T-Mobile and Cingular, your roaming charges in Russia will be about $1.50 per minute, which is quite a lot. If you need to call a number in Russia from your US cell phone while in Russia, you will also incur international long distance charges which are also high. The easiest way would be to buy a cell phone in Russia - but they are kind of expensive there - prepare to spend about $150 even for a basic one. Still, there is a better way, if you have a GSM phone. It may seem a bit complicated, but you will not only get decent rates for calling Russia and USA, but you will also get a Russian cell phone number without spending a lot. What you can do is buy a SIM card in Russia and insert it in your existing US phone. The SIM card comes with a brand new Russian cell phone number, and, if you purchase it in your destination city, you will get local calling rates. SIM cards are sold at every wireless store which are everywhere and cost about $5. There is one last trick though. To prevent their customers from switching to a competitor, T-Mobile and Cingular are now “locking” their customer's phones so that a SIM card from a different provider cannot be used. To use a Russian SIM card you have to “unlock” the phone. You can find such service locally (usually, in cell phone repair shops) or just type “unlock phone” on eBay.
Russian cell phone providers offer prepaid service as well as monthly calling plans. Airtime is somewhat expensive, compared to US. Local calls are 5 to 15 cents a minute, long distance calls are 15-80 cents a minute. International calls can be as high as $3 per minute. Calls made from 9 PM to 6 AM are about twice cheaper than daytime calls. You can prepay any amount at any wireless store or any bank. There are, also, special machines in most supermarkets which accept payments for cellular service. They have English prompts as well.
There are a few cellular service providers on the Russian market, but I hesitate to recommend a specific one. Still, if I absolutely must recommend one to a foreign traveler I would go with “MTS”. It's not the cheapest one, but it seems to be the largest, has the best coverage and has wireless stores everywhere. Besides, it operates other CIS countries, where your potential Russian wife might be residing.
When calling from the US you need to dial 011, then the country code, then the area code and the phone number. The country code for Russia is 7, for Ukraine is 380 and for Belarus is 375. If you dial directly from your home or work phone without using a calling card, or signing up for a special international call discount program with your long distance provider, the cost could be very high ($2 per minute or even more).
Remember, if you get stuck, you can always call our bilingual operator/interpreter toll-free 1-866-974-6453 and have her dial the number for you. She will stay online and interpret your conversation with a Russian wife in real time. For more on this service click here.
Russia’s climate varies. So, it’s not easy to get a full description in just a few sentences. Generally speaking, the climate is somewhat similar to American Midwest, just a slightly colder and less windy. Read this article for a broader account on the weather in Russia and related countries. For the weather forecast for a specific location or region in Russia, go here, then type the name of the location in the search box.
Visas and Immigration
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How to get a Russian visa, how to bring your Russian wife-to-be here, time involved, costs...
Whether you are a US citizen, or you come from Canada, European Union or any other country(except CIS), you need a visa to enter Russia. We can send you the official invitation needed in order to be issued a visa to Russia. You will send this invitation, along with your passport, consulate fee, and 2 passport-size photos to the Russian Consulate in your country which has jurisdiction over your region.
If you are in the US and are our customer, we can help you with general instructing on visas, procedures, forms, etc. Please, read the next answer for an overview of the process and associated costs. Feel free to contact us and we will guide you in the right direction. We do not have an attorney on staff, and your particular situation may necessitate one. Still, if you need an attorney, we can recommend a good one who specializes in Immigration Law and has been working with us for a long time.
NOTE: The price estimates and visa kits below are for the US only. Since immigration laws are similar in other Western countries, you can also use this information as a guideline, if you live outside the US.
IMPORTANT: Never send money to people you have not met in person, and even if you have met them, exercise common sense before entrusting them with significant funds. Internet dating scams are common these days, including various visa and ticket scenarios. A lady may claim she can get her visa and/or plane ticket and be on her way to you, if you would only send her, or some intermediary (like her agency, or a travel company) a certain amount (usually 2-4 thousand dollars). 99.9% of such claims are false. Read more here. If you are asked for money under any excuse, please, contact us for advice before sending it.
Generally speaking, you won't be able to bring your dreamed of Russian wife here until you have met in person. Her chances of getting a “tourist” or “guest” visa to the US are very slim. The most advised way to go about this is to apply for her “K” (fiancée) visa. Note that to apply for this type of visa, the immigration law requires that you have met your future Russian wife in person. You have to show proof of that (photographs together, tickets, etc). Of course, the best place to meet her in person would be her home country. Some of our customers decide to meet in a third country, like Cyprus, or Dominican Republic, where Russian citizens do not need a visa. This is acceptable from the Immigration law perspective, but this way you expose yourself to possible scams, since you most likely will have to pay for her ticket (or send her money) in advance.
Let’s say you have met in person. After this you need to file a petition with USCIS, known as form I-129F. The petition can be filled out by you. To make it stress-free, I recommend purchasing a fiancée visa kit from us. Please, contact us to order one. The kit contains all the forms you will need and instructions on the procedure. File the included petition with the USCIS office having jurisdiction over your state. It will take USCIS up to 2-3 months to approve it. The fee as of this writing is $170. After you get it approved, send it to your potential Russian wife. She must take it to the US Consulate in her home country and apply for a visa. The USCIS fee, postage and visa processing fee will add up to about $350 for that step. As opposed to tourists visas to the US, which are notoriously difficult to get, “K” visas are usually easily granted, on the conditions that the documents are filed properly, she does not have a police record, and you or she had not violated any Immigration law provisions in the past (i.e. overstayed a prior “K” visa). If you or she had applied for a “K” visa in the past, it may also be grounds for denial of the current application.
Most likely she will not have the money to buy her plane ticket to the US, so, you will need to pay for that. You do not have to travel to her country again, to accompany your future Russian wife, but it would be a nice gesture, if you can afford it. A one way ticket for her could be around $600-$900. If you decide to accompany her, your two way airfare could be anywhere between $800 and $1600, depending on the season and how far in advance you buy your ticket.
Once your yet to come Russian wife arrives in the US, she can stay for 90 days on the “fiancée” status. By the end of that time you either get legally married, or she has to return to her home country. None of you are obligated to get married, but you may be financially responsible for her return ticket, if things don't work out.
If you marry, you will need to apply for a permanent resident status for your sexy Russian wife. There is a special form you have to fill in and an application fee. At this point, you can give us a call. If you fill out the forms by yourself, this can cost up to about $800 in fees and required medical tests.
You should not have any problems with most of the immigration forms, but in certain matters you may require the assistance of an immigration attorney. Although we do not have an immigration attorney on staff, we can recommend a competent one, whose services we use frequently. His name is Gary Bala and his phone number is (610) 446-VISA. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
If everything goes well, the whole process should take up to 2 weeks, starting from the moment the sexy Russian wife applies at the US Consulate in her home country. That does not include filing your petition.
For a Russian citizen obtaining a US visa - no. They US Consulate does not offer expedited service, and the waiting times are the same for all.
We recommend bringing your future Russian wife to the US on a K (fiancée) visa and marrying her here. If so, she will be in the US with you, while waiting for her permanent residency papers. If you get officially married in Russia, she will have to wait for those papers in her home country. This is a lengthy process that might take up to 6 or more months. Yet, such a beautiful woman, as your sexy Russian wife-to-be is worth the waiting!
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Remember! You are not allowed to exchange personal contact info during phone calls.
To start, you will need to fill out the IMBRA
form (US citizens only). Now, you have two options. One (recommended) is to open 15 messages from the Russian wife
-to-be – after this you have the right to request her contact info (or, if this cannot be provided, which is very improbable, you get your money back). Two is to pay a $50 fee, upon which we will contact your Russian wife
and ask her permission to send you her contact details.
this money will not be refunded, if permission is not given, so make sure you have her consent.
!!! REMEMBER! Even with 15 opened messages from a Russian wife
, you are not allowed to exchange personal contact info with her through our messaging system. Please, contact us.
More on FAQ page.
Once your Russian wife
relationship gets pretty serious, it's time to meet her personally. How do you do this? If you both agree, we can help arrange the first meet up. Most Russian girls can't obtain a US visa, so, get you suitcase ready. You'll have some traveling to do, whether to her country, or on a "neutral territory", like Dominican Republic, France, Turkey, Cyprus, etc. Read more on Visas and Immigration in our FAQ.
If you prefer to arrange your meeting with the girl on your own, you can do it by getting her direct contact information. Read more here.
After the two of you met personally and want to continue with the relationship, the next thing to do is to apply for her "fiancée" visa. This type of visa allows her to come to your country and stay for a while (for US it's 90 days). If you get married while yourRussian wife
is in the US, she doesn't have to return to her country. If not, she has to go back. Read 'What is the process and how much it costs to bring your Russian wife
here' on FAQ page.
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