Visa Interviews in Russia Suspended; Taking place in Moscow only, effective September 1 (08/25/17)
On December 11, 2017 the U.S. consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok resumed limited nonimmigrant visa interviews at a reduced scale. Embassy Moscow continues to offer interviews for immigrant, diversity and nonimmigrant visas. Still, fewer staff are providing visa services than before the U.S. diplomatic presence was drastically reduced in August. For general information on how to apply for a visa, please refer visit: www.ustraveldocs.com/ru.
Due to the recent reduction of the United States’ diplomatic presence in Russia, all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia were suspended on August 23. Visa services will be suspended indefinitely, and appointments will be rescheduled, so applicants should look for instructions via email. Visa operations will resume in Moscow only, beginning September 1. For further details, please review this Fact Sheet.
Due to the significantly reduced staffing levels required by the Russian government, applicants should prepare for a much smaller capacity for interviews in Moscow. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow will continue to process nonimmigrant visas without an interview for those who qualify. (These exceptions include renewal within the same class of visa within one year of expiration but is at consular officer discretion.) Petitioners and artists should plan ahead – either allowing significantly more time for consular processing in Moscow, or advising artists to travel outside of Russia entirely to interview at a visa-issuing embassy if possible.