The US Embassy in the Russian Federation will suspend the issuing of non-immigrant visas all over Russia starting from August 23 in connection with the Kremlin's measures against American diplomatic institutions. The procedure will be resumed in Moscow from September 1 in a significantly reduced volume, according to the statement of the US Embassy in Russia this Monday.
The diplomatic mission states that the decision the Russian Federation to reduce the US diplomatic presence in Russia calls into question the seriousness of the state's desire to improve bilateral relations.
“Due to the Russian government-imposed cap on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia will be suspended on August 23. Operations will resume in Moscow on September 1; visa operations at the U.S. consulates will remain suspended indefinitely. Currently scheduled appointments will be cancelled and applicants will be provided instructions on how to reschedule,” reads the message.
Previously QHA reported that, Washington had promised to respond to Moscow's decision to significantly reduce the staff of the American diplomatic mission in Russia.