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UNITED STATES – Limited Resumption of Visa Processing in Russia

The United States Department of State has announced that, effective 11 December 2017, the U.S. consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok will begin to offer limited interviews for non-immigrant visas.

The US embassy in Moscow also continues to offer limited interviews for immigrant, diversity and non-immigrant visas. However, the US missions will continue to operate with a significantly reduced staff.

Background

Since 1 September 2017, all US non-immigrant visa applications have been processed at the US embassy in Moscow. Non-immigrant visa interviews at the US consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok were suspended until further notice.

The suspension came after the Russian government imposed a personnel cap on the US Mission at the end of July 2017, in response to the US government's approval of new sanctions against Russia. The Russian government ordered the US government to reduce its diplomatic staff by 755 people, or about 60 percent, by 1 September 2017.

Action Items

  • Employers should continue to expect delays for their employees applying for US visas in Russia, both in securing appointments and in visa processing.
  • Affected employers should consult a visa specialist for advice on US visa applications in Russia.
DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.