U.S. to Reduce Visa Processing in Russia

Beginning on Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy in Russia suspended all nonimmigrant visa (NIV) operations as a result of the Russian government's personnel cap imposed on the U.S. mission, the embassy announced last week.

Nonimmigrant visa interviews will resume on September 1 at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. NIV interviews at the U.S. Consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok are suspended until further notice.

The Russian government recently ordered the U.S. diplomatic mission to reduce its staff by 755 people. The move came in response to new sanctions against Russia imposed by the U.S. over Kremlin interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Students and scholars are among those who come to the U.S. on nonimmigrant visas, Inside Higher Ed reported. The embassy said it plans to offer a block of visa appointments to students who need to get to their universities in the U.S. in early September.

The U.S. Embassy said it will "operate at reduced capacity for as long as our staffing levels are reduced."


Related Links

U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia Fact Sheet


Inside Higher Ed