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Why Is an Intimacy Request Necessary?

3. December 2012 by Christy 0 Comments

Some men are confused by the Intimacy Request process. Why, they wonder, is the process necessary to get a woman’s phone number or email address? Why can’t members exchange personal contact information whenever they want? Here are three reasons for Russian Love's Intimacy Request process.


As a reminder, the Intimacy Request process is essentially a request to exchange personal contact information with a woman. Only Qualified Members who are IMBRA approved may submit an Intimacy Request.

Members’ Safety, Security

Many members of Russian Love Match, both men and women, prefer getting to know singles online before sharing a phone number or email address. The ladies are particularly cautious as they’ve heard horror stories about men who show up in Ukraine unannounced or foreign admirers who call Russian homes at all hours of the night. Some men are also cautious as they’ve heard tales of Russian scammers who plead for money or gifts. We want all of our members to feel safe and comfortable, and the Intimacy Request process helps make this possible by discouraging scandalous singles from taking advantage of our members.

IMBRA Compliance

The International Marriage Broker Regulation Act (IMBRA) is a United States statute that requires background checks for all marriage visa sponsors and limits serial visa applications. IMBRA also requires background checks before speech or other forms of communication are permitted between American citizens and foreign nationals. The Intimacy Request process, which is only open to IMBRA-approved members, is one way we comply with IMBRA’s strict requirements.


Business Needs

Russian Love Match is a business, and like any business, we must earn a profit to stay afloat. Part of our model includes earning money from emails and chats, money we wouldn’t earn if eliminated the Intimacy Request process and sold phone numbers for a flat fee. However, it's important to note that we offer much more than sites specializing in personal contact information. These benefits include translator and interpreters, identity validation, video chat, introduction videos, travel liaisons, a specialized gift shop, introduction agencies for the ladies, and more. Members may need to put in more effort on RLM than on other Russian dating sites, but they get much more in return.

The Intimacy Request process allows members to chat with foreign singles without the pressure of handing over personal information, as well as helps RLM meet IMBRA requirements and provide the benefits and features members have come to expect.