DEVELOPMENTS IN THE US EMBASSY AND US CONSULATES IN RUSSIA
The US Embassy and US Consulates in Russia have decided that as a result of the Russian government’s personnel cap on the U.S. Mission, all non-immigrant visa operations across Russia will be suspended starting August 23, 2017.
This development is attributed to the reports of possible Russian involvement in the U.S. presidential elections.
In response, Russia ordered the withdrawal of 755 U.S. diplomatic personnel from Russia.
Generally, the announcement means:
• If you are a U.S. citizen in Russia, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the three consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok will continue to provide emergency and routine services to U.S. citizens, although hours of those emergency and routine services may change.
• The U.S. Mission has begun cancelling current nonimmigrant visa appointments all over Russia.
• Starting September 1, 2017, nonimmigrant visa interviews will be conducted only at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
• Non-immigrant visa applicants whose appointments were cancelled can reschedule for a later date in Moscow.
• A block of visa appointments will be offered for students in early September 2017.
• The US Embassy in Moscow will continue to process non-immigrant visa applications without an interview, for those who qualify.
Stay tuned for additional developments.