On Thursday, March 29th the Russian government announced that it would close the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg, as well as expel 150 diplomats from the country in a retaliatory move following the Trump administration closing the Russian consulate in Seattle. The Russian government announced that Americans were given until tomorrow, March 31st to leave the country following this announcement.

The U.S. government advises residents of St. Petersburg’s consular district to contact the US Embassy in Moscow for all emergency assistance and routine services, including:

• Notary Services
• Passport Renewals
• Consular Report of Birth Abroad

If you have a pending passport service in St. Petersburg, please contact the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the U.S. Consulates General in Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok remain open.

This news follows the Trump administration announcing the closing of the Russian consulate in Seattle due to ongoing tensions between Russia and the U.S.

The Seattle Consulate General of the Russian Federation will be indefinitely closed by April 2nd, though shortly after the announcement the Russian Embassy in the United Stated published multiple tweets addressing the closing, stressing to the Trump administration that there was still “time” to change course on this action.

The Seattle Consulate General of the Russian Federation serves those in Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. After the consulate closes on April 2nd, there will only be three Russian consulates left open in the United States, including in New York City, Washington D.C., and Houston. A fourth consulate in San Francisco was closed by the Trump administration late last year.

The Russian Consulate has directed Russian citizens in the US to visit the Seattle Consulate before March 30th to obtain documents that are ready for pick up. If you are trying to file applications for consulate services, including passport issues, citizenship, notary, registration of civil status services and more, you are advised to apply at the Consulate of Russia in Washington D.C. New York, or Houston.

This news follow’s last year’s news of the Trump administration shutting the Russian consulate in San Francisco and diplomatic annexes in New York and Washington.

D’Alessio Law Group is closely monitoring this news and will provide updates on these matters as they become available. For any questions on this topic, please reach out to your D’Alessio Law Group professional.

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