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The US will suspend the issuance of nonimmigrant visas in Russia

The US will suspend the issuance of nonimmigrant visas in Russia

Tags:USA, Visa, Migration, Russia, International relations, Sanctions

The US will suspend the issuance of non-immigrant visas across Russia from 23 August, the US embassy said.

"In connection with the measures taken by the Russian Federation to limit the number of employees of the US diplomatic mission in Russia, starting from 23 August 2017, the procedure for issuing nonimmigrant visas across Russia will be suspended," the embassy's website in Moscow reports.

The procedure will be resumed from the beginning of September, but only in Moscow. The issue of non-immigrant visas in consulates is suspended "indefinitely". Restrictions will remain in force until the number of American diplomats increases, the report said.

The embassy explained that previously scheduled interviews will be canceled, and those who have already applied for a visa, will be informed about how they can reassign the interview. Also, the embassy and consulate in St. Petersburg will no longer accept applications for visas from citizens of Belarus.

In addition, the embassy will not return the paid consular fee to the Russians who applied for a visa. It is noted that it remains valid for a year from the date of payment. The paid fee can also not be used to apply for a visa at US diplomatic missions outside of Russia.

At the same time, it is stressed that the diplomatic missions will continue to "provide a full range of services" to American citizens.

In the Council of Federation, the announced measures were called a demarche. As the head of the commission for the protection of state sovereignty Andrei Klimov said, Russia will mirror these limitations.

In July, Vladimir Putin said that the staff of the US diplomatic mission in Russia will be the same as the staff of the Russian diplomatic mission in America - for 455 people on each side. Their work should stop 755 employees of the US embassy.

Also, Russia suspended the use of the US embassy warehouses on Dorognaya Street and dacha in Serebryany Bor. According to the Foreign Ministry, these measures were a response to the anti-Russian policy and new anti-Russian sanctions adopted by the Congress.

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