"She" becomes extremely eager to meet in person, so she decides to find out what her options are as far as visas and travel fare.
However, the duration of the "set up" phase varies significantly.
Often, scammers use big online dating web sites to approach their potential victims.
When that happens, their profiles on sites like Yahoo and indicate that they are from the USA, Canada, or Europe (that is because those sites no longer accept subscribers from Russia).
Therefore a standard set of romantic letters exists, and the scammer typically uses these pre-written letters to correspond with all potential victims.
As a results of using the sets of pre-written letters, scammers tend to ignore questions posted to them, or when they do answer questions, they answer them only at the very beginning or at the very end of each letter.
Many victims report that they received the first email from the scammer "out of the blue," and that they never belonged to any dating sites.