Nonimmigrant Visa Processing in Russia is Suspended!

All nonimmigrant visa (NIV) operations across Russia will be suspended beginning August 23, 2017as a result of the Russian government's personnel cap imposed on the U.S. Mission. As of 0900 Moscow time Monday, August 21, the U.S. Mission began canceling all current nonimmigrant visa appointments countrywide. Nonimmigrant visa interviews will be conducted only at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow beginning September 1.

Nonimmigrant Visa Interviews at the U.S. Consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok Are Suspended Until Further Notice

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow will continue to process nonimmigrant visas without an interview for those who qualify. First priority travel will be given to officials of the UN, then to international organizations with offices in the United States, and bilateral missions. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg will no longer accept new visa applications for residents of Belarus. The U.S. Embassy will reschedule NIV appointments for Belarussian applicants who have already paid the application fee. We encourage residents of Belarus to schedule NIV appointments at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw; the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv; or the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius.

A New Nonimmigrant Visa May Be Needed Where a Interview is Not Available and a Nonimmigrant Visa Petition Requires Consulate Processing

The U.S. consulate cannot refund fees to those that have paid. The fee is valid for one year from the date of the payment. If you wish to apply for a visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate outside Russia, you would need to begin a new application and pay a new fee according to that location's instructions. The applicants who have had their interviews canceled should call +7 (495) 745 3388 or 8 800 100 2554 (ITFN) to reschedule their interview in Moscow.

Employer's May Petition to Change Their Employee's Status

An employer may petition to change the nonimmigrant status of their employee if the employee was lawfully admitted to the U.S. with a another nonimmigrant status, the nonimmigrant status remains valid, they have not violated the conditions of their status, and they have not committed any crimes that would make them ineligible.

Immigrant Visas Will Be Delayed

This will also affect the scheduling of a limited number of immigrant visa applications. Affected applicants will be contacted by USCIS if there is a change to the time and date of their interview.

Travel Warning

If you are going to travel abroad, you will need to have a valid visa in order to enter the United States. Russian visa applicants that are required to undergo an interview are advised that long visa application wait times are expected and that an interview may not be available.

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