The U.S. Department of State is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa system, which are affecting global operations. This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country or visa category. We recognize and deeply regret the inconvenience to travelers. We are doing everything possible to return passports with visas as soon as we are able to complete processing. We regret that we are currently unable to predict how long the delay will be.

Applicants who interviewed with the U.S. Embassy/Consulate after July 21 and would like their passports temporarily returned to them without the U.S. visa may contact the Embassy or Consulate where you applied, via email to consulmo@state.gov for Moscow, consulyekat@state.gov for Yekaterinburg, vladcons@state.gov for Vladivostok, and visastpete@state.gov for St. Petersburg with RETURN PASSPORT in the subject line of their message, and include their full name and date of birth as they appear in their passport, and passport number in the body of the message.

Applicants who have an urgent need to travel to the United States may contact the Embassy or Consulate where you applied, via email to consulmo@state.gov for Moscow, consulyekat@state.gov for Yekaterinburg, vladcons@state.gov for Vladivostok, and visastpete@state.gov for St. Petersburg with URGENT TRAVEL in the subject line of their message, and include their full name and date of birth as they appear in their passport, passport number, and nature of the emergency in the body of the message. Please understand that only true emergencies of an extraordinary humanitarian nature, essentially life or death circumstances, can be considered for exceptional handling.

We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this matter and apologize for the inconvenience.

Please be advised:

You will NOT be permitted to bring (a) USB Flash Drives, cables, wires, headphones, or any electronic device (with the exception of a mobile phone smaller than 3 cm X 13 cm X 6 cm); (b) anything that can be used as a weapon; or (c) flammable items (including perfume and other sprays); or (d)  any large bag such as briefcases, backpacks, suitcases, duffel bags etc.  Prohibited items will not be stored by Embassy personnel and applicants may be refused admittance.   See the section on Security Regulations for additional guidance.

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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Russia. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the U.S. Consulates General in St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, and Yekaterinburg.

This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in Russia.