Beginning September 1, 2020 document delivery to a home/office address as well as pick-up from Pony Express locations in Russia will be discontinued. Applicants whose documents are sent for delivery by US Embassy/Consulates on or after September 1, 2020, may collect them via U.S. Visa document delivery locations operated by VFS Global or in selected Russia post locations. For a full list of available locations see here. Passports which are not picked up from a Pony Express location before August 31, 2020 will be returned to the US Embassy/Consulate where the application was made. Please update your document delivery location and options accordingly.

Track & Retrieve My Passport
Passport/Visa Collection Locations


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Once your visa is approved, your passport and visa will be delivered to you by U.S. Visa document delivery locations operated by VFS Global or in selected Russia post location and held for you to pick up at the address you specified when you scheduled your interview. There are no extra fees associated with this service - the cost for holding your passport is included in the visa application fee.

Change Delivery Options

You may change your preferred document delivery address online or through the call center until midnight on the day of your interview appointment. There is no cost to change your delivery preferences.

Passport Tracking Options

Instant: Enter your passport number below to check on the status. If your passport is ready for pick-up, please bring supporting documents and collect it in a timely manner. If your passport is not collected within 15 business days it will be sent back to the Embassy or Consulate.

Email: Send an email to and in the subject and/or body enter a valid passport number exactly as it was entered at the time the appointment was scheduled, and you will receive an automatic response with the status.

See below for an email example:

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Online: You can track your passport online here.

Chat and Telephone: You can track your passport with the assistance of our call center via chat or telephone. The call center's contact information and a full description of our call center services, including hours of operation, can be found here.

Collecting Your Passport/Visa

Starting from September 1, 2020 you can collect the passport from the following VFS and Russia Post document delivery locations. In order to view the full list of document delivery locations, please click here.

Supporting Documents

To collect your passport you must present your original (not a photocopy) government-issued photo ID. We recommend you also bring a printed copy of your appointment letter.

If a representative is collecting your passport from the document collection office on your behalf - even in case of family members - the representative must present:

  • Their own original government-issued photo ID for identification
  • A photocopy of your government-issued photo ID
  • A letter of authority, signed by you, authorizing your representative to collect your passport. The letter of authority must contain the following information:
    • Your representative's full name as shown on their government-issued photo ID
    • Your name

If the applicant is under the age of 18, the following documents are required:

  • An original, signed letter of authority from either of the applicant's parents
  • A clear photocopy of the government-issued photo ID belonging to the parent who signed the applicant's letter of authority
  • The representative's original government-issued photo ID
  • If the passport of the under aged applicant is collected by one of the parents, the parent will need to provide the original of the parent’s internal passport with an appropriate record in Children section of the passport, confirming that the person is a parent of this applicant. Alternatively the parent can show the original of child’s birth certificate, which would indicate the same.
    Note: In case of a group/family, a single letter of authority with the required information for each of the applicants will be accepted.

    Applicants between the ages of 14 and 18 can collect their own documents with written approval from parents. Applicants under the age of 18 cannot collect documents on behalf of another applicant.