The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that as a result of diplomatic restrictions on the number U.S. personnel in Russia, all non-immigrant visa (NIV) operations at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and at all U.S. Consulates in Russia will be suspended, beginning August 23, 2017. U.S. Visa operations in Russia will resume on September 1, 2017, but on a greatly reduced scale. Interviews for NIV visas (including B, F, H-1B, J-1, L-1, O-1, and P visas) will only be conducted at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Interviews for NIV visas at the U.S. Consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Valdivostok are suspended until further notice. The U.S. government began cancelling scheduled interviews on Monday, August 21, 2017. If you had an interview for an NIV visa application scheduled in Russia cancelled, you can request that it be rescheduled at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow by calling +7 (495) 745 3388.
The staffing limitations for the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia will also likely affect some immigrant visa applications, and these applicants will be contacted by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate if there is any change as to the time and date of their interview.