On August 23, 2017, nonimmigrant visa (“NIV”) operations were suspended throughout Russia for eight days. Starting September 1, NIV operations will resume “on a greatly reduced scale” and applicant interviews will be conducted solely 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.” In addition, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg will no longer accept new visa applications for residents of Belarus. The suspension and reduction in services comes after the Russian government imposed a personnel cap on the U.S. mission in Russia in July which ordered the U.S. to cut two-thirds of staff at its embassy and consulates. If you have questions on how this may impact your international travel plans, please contact SPS Immigration.
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