On Monday, August 21st, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia announced that as a direct result of the Russian government’s personnel cap on the U.S. mission, all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia would be suspended for a week starting today, August 23rd, 2017 until the beginning of September.
Beginning September 1st, all nonimmigrant visa interviews will be conducted only at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Nonimmigrant visas will still be processed, but we want to advise clients and nonimmigrant visa applicants to be aware of the slowed timeline of visa operations in Russia.
Nonimmigrant visa interviews at the U.S. consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok are suspended until further notice. The U.S. Mission has begun cancelling current nonimmigrant visa appointments countrywide, and nonimmigrant visa applicants who have had their interviews cancelled are advised to call to reschedule their interview at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow for a later date.
Those who have previously scheduled interviews should expect an email with a phone number to call in order to reschedule the interview at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
That phone number, which we are including in the description of this video, is +7 (495) 745 3388 or 8 800 100 2554. Again, please refer to the description of this video for the phone number to reschedule your nonimmigrant visa interviews in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
Employers should expect delays for their employees applying for U.S. visa benefits in Russia, both in securing appointments and to have their visa applications processed.
While this news will affect the timing of visa operations, those who qualify for a nonimmigrant visa without an interview should know that the U.S. Embassy will continue to process nonimmigrant visas for those who qualify.
On top of this, nonimmigrant visa applicants are still able to go to embassies and consulates in nearby countries for interviews, and those seeking a change of status are still able to do so in the United States. Again, while this news affects the rate of visa processing in Russia, those seeking a nonimmigrant visa are still able to do so. Visa operations have not shut down, but will operate on a reduced scale.
For more information or clarification on this news, or breaking information on the latest developments of nonimmigrant visa operations in Russia, please reach out to your respective D’Alessio Law Group immigration professional, or call DLG at (310) 909-3934.