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The US Embassy limited the issue of visas for Russian citizens  28.08.2017 13:20

As reported the representatives of diplomatic mission, the US Embassy in Russia announced about a temporary break of the issue of visas for Russian citizens in all consulates of the country.

The procedure will be suspended from August 23. In Moscow, the issue will be renewed from September 1, in other consulates the issue will be suspended for indefinite period. In addition, in Moscow the issue will be renewed "in cut rate."

Thus, from the 1st of September 2017, the Russian citizens can hold an interview to obtain a US visa only at the US Embassy in Moscow. In St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok, interviews will be unavailable.
This decision was taken after the Russian side recommended reducing the number of employees of the American diplomatic mission. In accordance with the US Embassy opinion, this decision "raises a question about the Russia's desire to improve bilateral relations."

"We will keep the number of the diplomatic mission employees to fulfill the functions of our diplomatic missions," - the embassy said.

It is necessary to mention about the cancellation of previously assigned interviews. Those who have already applied the documents for a US visa will be informed and they will be able to reassign the interview.
The US Embassy in Moscow and three consulates in other Russian cities will continue to provide regular and emergency services to US citizens, as reported in a statement. Restrictions become effective from 09:00 Moscow time on August 23.

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