U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia Suspend Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance

As a result of the Russian government's personnel cap imposed on the U.S. Mission in Russia, the State Department announced that the issuance of nonimmigrant visa ("NIV") operations in Russia will be suspended beginning today, August 23, 2017. As of 9:00 a.m. Moscow time on Monday, August 21, 2017, the U.S. Mission began cancelling current NIV appointments countrywide. Beginning September 1, 2017, NIV interviews will occur only at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. NIV interviews at U.S. Consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok are suspended until further notice. Applicants who have their interviews canceled should call the U.S. Embassy to reschedule their NIV interview at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow for a later date.

Employers may wish to consult with an immigration attorney to determine whether it would be appropriate to have affected employees travel to other countries to apply for their visas.

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