U.S. embassy in Russia to reduce consular services
The U.S. embassy in Moscow will reduce consular services starting on May 12, according to a message published on the embassy’s website on Friday.
"Effective May 12, U.S. Embassy Moscow will reduce consular services offered to include only emergency U.S. citizen services and a very limited number of age-out and life or death emergency immigrant visas. These service reductions are necessary due to the Russian government’s April 23 notification of its intention to prohibit U.S. Mission Russia from employing foreign nationals in any capacity. Non-immigrant visa processing for non-diplomatic travel will cease," the message reads.
According to the embassy, "provision of emergency services to U.S. citizens in Russia may also be delayed or limited due to staff’s constrained ability to travel outside of Moscow."
The embassy recommended that U.S. nationals whose Russian visas are about to expire should leave the country "before the June 15 deadline set by the Russian government" or visit a local Ministry of Internal Affairs office to start the necessary paperwork.