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Military Service Visitor Visa HELP!!

yumirdci

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I am helping my dad with his visitor visa application. He is from Russia and back in the days, the military service was mandatory there. He served one year in the army, however he was like an engineer there, never participated in any operations, conflicts, wars etc. He was just stationed in his native city. So there is a question in the application “have you ever served in any military, militia, civil defence unit, served in a security organization or police force (including non obligatory national service, reserve or voluntary units).”
Should he answer Yes or No? Is there a way they can find out about this service?
 

k.h.p.

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He needs to answer yes.

Just as you (and most Russians) know that military service was mandatory when your father was younger, so too will the visa officers in Moscow/St Petersburg/Vladivostok... the visa officers local to each country would know facts like this.
 

yumirdci

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He needs to answer yes.

Just as you (and most Russians) know that military service was mandatory when your father was younger, so too will the visa officers in Moscow/St Petersburg/Vladivostok... the visa officers local to each country would know facts like this.
Thank you, so do you think they will be running some extra background checks? Or this shouldn’t cause any issues?
 

k.h.p.

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They will do extra background checks, typically. You have to provide details of the service, and they will try to verify it as best they can.
 

yumirdci

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They will do extra background checks, typically. You have to provide details of the service, and they will try to verify it as best they can.
Also, he will be applying online, so It’s hard to say whether the application will go to the local office
 

k.h.p.

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Also, he will be applying online, so It’s hard to say whether the application will go to the local office
For online applications, the majority of the application can be reviewed by any office, yes. But country specific information is always at least reviewed in the local office - and you can assume that there will be a review in a Russian visa office.

Lying about military service would be a bad idea, even if you are calculating risk percentages that a Canadian office does the processing....
 

yumirdci

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For online applications, the majority of the application can be reviewed by any office, yes. But country specific information is always at least reviewed in the local office - and you can assume that there will be a review in a Russian visa office.

Lying about military service would be a bad idea, even if you are calculating risk percentages that a Canadian office does the processing....
I don’t want to lie, just don’t want for him to be stuck in background checks forever.
He doesn’t remember the details, nor has any documents regarding his service either.
So in case they ask for proof or extra details etc, it will be very hard to provide one.
 

k.h.p.

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Unfortunately, that isn't an excuse to say "no" to military service, especially when he was young in a time when military service was mandatory.
 
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canuck78

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In general if it is low level military service a long time ago it shouldn’t add a long time to background check. Unfortunately you don’t really have a choice. Risking a 5 year ban is your other option. Since mandatory military service is well known you are asking for the ban if you misrepresent.
 
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