Suspension of Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) Processing in Russia

Due to the recent reductions in U.S. Consular staff imposed by the Russian government, nonimmigrant visa processing in Russia will be sharply curtailed.  Specifically:

All NIV operations in Russia are suspended effective tomorrow, August 23.  Previously scheduled appointments are being canceled and applicants are being notified individually.

Beginning September 1, ALL NIV processing will resume in Moscow only.  NO NIV applications will be processed in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, or Vladivostok until further notice.

Scheduling of immigrant visa interviews may also be affected.

Please refer to the Department of State website ( for additional information.

We encourage all our clients to contact us in advance of any international travel if they have questions about current documentary requirements for reentry to the U.S.