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US Embassy Moscow, Russia
American Embassy Moscow
Consular Section
21 Novinskiy Bulvar
123242 Moscow
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The U.S. Embassy in Moscow no longer accepts direct calls from the public on visa-related matters. All this information is provided by a user-pays call center. This new service, operated by Direct Star in cooperation with MTU Inform Corporation and World Teq Corporation offers callers immediate access to a wide range of visa-related information and the possibility to speak to live operators for 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday.

The initial cost of the service will be a flat rate of $ 1.65 per minute.

The call center is accessible through the following numbers:

Calls from Russia and other countries: (095)-258-2525. These calls will be billed directly to the phone subscriber at $ 1.65 per minute.

From U.S.A.: 1-866-4U.S.-VISA (1-866-487-8472) or 1-877-512-0087. Callers will pay the standard rate of $1.65 per minute.

General information on visa-related matters is available in the Embassy's web cite:  http://usembassy.state.gov/posts/rs1/wwwhcm.html

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The American Citizen Services Unit (telephone (7) (095) 728-5577 is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., , except on Russian and American holidays. In the event of an emergency, American citizens may telephone (7) (095) 728-5577 anytime from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. After 6:00 p.m., please call the Embassy duty officer at (7) (095) 728-5000. (Moscow is 8 hours ahead of Washington).

For VISA information, you must pay by credit card and use the procedure above.

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Approx. waiting time for interview date from when NVC sends package to Embassy:


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An applicant's interview can be scheduled and an invitation packet can be mailed only upon completion of the administrative processing, which the Embassy is required to perform on visa cases. The procedure is obligatory and cannot be waived.

Once scheduled, the beneficiary is provided via mail with an invitation letter and information sheet outlining the steps to be taken.

(Embassy schedules interview prior to mailing out Packet)

Online Immigrant Visa Appointment Schedule Information makes it possible to obtain information regarding interview dates for those already scheduled. The information can be also received by contacting the Embassy Visa Information Service.

Online Immigrant Visa Schedule is at:


A link on the page shows the interview schedule at:


A "sorted" version created by another list-member is at:


(Thanks to Jim Lightfoot who created this... the table can be sorted
by MOS number, Service Center Case number or Interview Date)

Another link to the "Embassy Visa Information Service"
is at: http://moscow.usembassy.gov/consular/wwwzinsr.zip

What other documents are needed for the interview:

List of Documents for Fiance(e) Visa Interview

- A valid International Passport with a photocopy of the first page.
- An original birth certificate with its photocopy and translation into English.
- Police certificates in all names as well as all dates of birth ever used. Police certificate must contain references to each place (subject to the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation) in which the applicant lives or has lived for more than six months since attaining the age of 16. This includes localities where applicants have lived during university studies. If the applicant was on military service, he/she should bring the certificate from the local draft board. If an applicant has lived abroad for more than one year, a police certificate must also be submitted from the country in which he/she lived. Police certificate validity is one year since the date of issuance.
- Evidence of termination of prior marriage (if applicable), original, photocopy and translation into English.
- Accompanying child requires a valid passport (or may be included in the parent's passport), a birth certificate and a medical examination. If a child is 16 years of age or over, police certificates are required. Translations of the indicated documents are required as well.
- 3 black-and-white or color photos taken against a white or off - white background (5 x 5 sm) for visa.
- 3 photos of passport size for medical exam.
- Visa application fee of $100 (or the ruble equivalent) per person, payable at the Embassy on the day of interview.
- Documents confirming relationship: photos of Petitioner and Beneficiary together, letters to each other, phone bills, airplane tickets, emails, etc. (K3 applicants should present marriage certificate).
- Results of Medical Examination in a sealed envelope.
- Financial documentation from the petitioner may include but is not limited to employment letter for the petitioner with salary information and/or a copy of tax returns (Form 1040) for the last year, bank statement, W-2s. I-134 Affidavit of Support is not required but may be requested by a consular officer.
- DHL receipt to confirm you paid for visa delivery. The fee can be paid at one of the DHL offices.
- All original documents must be accompained by photocopies and English translations. If the original documents are in Russian, there is no need to have the translations notarized.
In case any of the required documents are not ready for interview, the interview will be rescheduled for a later date.
If an applicant is required to provide additional documentation after the interview with an American consular officer has taken place, the documentation may be submitted to the 221G box at the Embassy North Gate between 2.00PM and 4.00PM on any working day or mailed to the Embassy.

Tons of information about fiancee visa at:

DCF (Direct Consular Filling):
For all or only for US citizen who is lawfully resident in your country

from: http://www.usembassy.ru/consular/wwwhca0a.html

The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow only accepts petitions for alien immediate relatives from American citizens who currently reside in the Moscow consular district. American citizens residing in the Moscow consular district may submit petitions at the Embassy for the following immediate relatives: spouses, minor children, and parents. The approval of the petition is the first step to receiving an immigrant visa for your family member.

( Fiancées are not considered immediate relatives. I-129F Fiancée petitions must be filed in the United States at the INS Service Center having jurisdiction over your place of domicile in the United States.)

At this time, in no case will an I-130 petition for an alien relative be accepted by the INS at Post from an American citizen not residing in the Moscow consular district. American citizens residing in the United States must file their I-130 petition with the INS Service Center having jurisdiction over their place of residence in the United States.

Can fiance(e)/spouse attend the interivew:
Visa fee payment "same day" or "in advance":

Believe "same day" only, but not sure

Does Embassy schedule interview day or is it walk-in:
Embassy schedules it
Visa issued same day:

No, delivered by pre-paid DHL courier. Must present DHL pre-paid label at time of interview

If not whats the waiting period:
Depends on delivery time to different parts of Russia. Some people recently have been subjected to "additional administrative review" of 3-6 weeks.
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See website at: http://moscow.usembassy.gov/consular/wwwhci8.html
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