The US will suspend nonimmigrant visa (NIV) operations in Russia beginning August 23, 2017, due to the personnel cap Russia imposed on US operations. Visa operations will resume on a greatly reduced scale. Beginning September 1, 2017, the US will conduct nonimmigrant visa (NIV) interviews only at the US Embassy Moscow. The US has suspended NIV interviews at US Consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok until further notice. more »
The Department of State has issued a Russia Travel Alert stating that US citizens planning to attend the 2014 Olympic Games in Russia should remain attentive regarding their personal security at all times.
The Department of State alerts US citizens planning to attend the 2014 Olympic Games in Russia that they should remain attentive regarding their personal security at all times. The Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place in Sochi, Russia, from February 7 to March 16, 2014. This travel alert replaces the alert issued on January 10, 2014, and provides updated information on reported threats against the Games. It expires on March 24, 2014. more »
US Mission Russia has expanded its visa interview waiver program as a part of President Obama’s Executive Order to increase travel and tourism to the United States. Starting immediately, certain US visa applicants who have been previously issued a US visa that has expired in the past 47 months will be eligible to renew their US visa without a visa interview. more »
Secretary of State Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov exchanged diplomatic notes during their November 19, 2011, meeting in Bali, Indonesea, on the new Russia-US visa agreement which was announced July 13, 2011. This exchange of notes advances the Russia-US visa agreement one step closer to entry into force. more »