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I've been waiting for about 5 months for a B2 interview slot for my mother in law - seems like they will never have slots. Anyone else waiting on this? I've been using the gofortravel.ru website which has been really helpful as they check for slots every few minutes but it seems Moscow just isn't doing tourist visas anymore. I suppose the current politics is to blame. Ridiculous! 

 

 

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Sadly current wait time is about 300  days, my husband's company in Moscow is having a hard time sending their people over to the states becuase of the long wait times.

 

Go here and typein moscow, or any other office that is open over there, you'll get the same info. Its stupid with what is going on between both countries.... wish things were better.

 

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/wait-times.html


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On 6/17/2018 at 11:53 PM, CM&KV said:

Sadly current wait time is about 300  days, my husband's company in Moscow is having a hard time sending their people over to the states becuase of the long wait times.

 

Go here and typein moscow, or any other office that is open over there, you'll get the same info. Its stupid with what is going on between both countries.... wish things were better.

 

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/wait-times.html

300 days?!!?!? D: That is insane...I didn't realize it was THAT bad. Better tell my own mother-in-law to consider applying soon if the wait is that long...

 

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I've known plenty of Russians who got B2's but it was before this whole political mess we are in. :(


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My husband got a B1 back in May 2017, but it was only good for one year or so, I was hoping it would have been for 3... But anyways, his company wants to send him back here asap... they don't know we are in the process. They were thinking of sending him to Poland or somewhere else for a B1 interview, which he will be delincing that business trip since he might be needed in Russia to gather documents and we don't want to be forced to push back his interview dates.

 

Also his parents would over to visit the USA, I have suggested to them that they should apply at Kiev since they live in Crimea and it would be faster than 300days...z and I would want them to get it before my husband get his green card so they aren't forced to having to type his name on son living in the USA.


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It seems there are interview dates popping up in Kiev and a few other places but nothing in Moscow at all. And from what I've heard most Russians don't want to chance going to Ukraine because they fear they will have their passport taken or something along those lines. Seems risky to travel there now for them. Guess we have to just wait it out. 

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My husband has both Ukrainian and Russian passports, Ukrainian per birth place, and Russian by Russia taking over Crimea back in 2014 (we hope this won't cause a problem). He does fear if he goes to Ukraine he won't be able to get back to Russia.


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Sent I-130 Petition: Jan 2nd 2018 

PD: Jan 3rd 2018

E-notification: Jan 8th 2018

NOA1 Hard copy: Jan 12th 2018

NOA2: June 28th 2018, new website. Old website: July 17th sent to DOS (finally appeared July 29th, after 206 days after petition sent and stating not found) Emails & texts: nothing. Hard Copy states NoA2 is June 27, 2018.

NOA2: Hard copy: July 2nd 2018

Sent to DOS: New Website: July 18th 2018. Old website July 17th (Case number was finally found after 206 days of submitting petition, appeared on July 29th.)

Received NVC: July 24th 2018, per calling NVC option 5. 

New Case number #: Via email August 21st 2018. While on the phone with the hubby. Case is PIVOT.

Fees paid August 21st 2018. Marked as paid on August 23rd 2018.

DS-260 filled and submitted:  August 27th 2018

AOS documents filled and submitted: August 29th, 2018

IV Documents: Submitted August 31st, 2018

Case Complete: September 11th 2018 via website 

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Our visits

Him: J1 Visa (no 2 home requirement) May 2015-Nov2016 Offically met: Late July 2015 Started relationship mid-Aug 2015

Business trip B1 (Him): May 2017 - Nov 2017

2nd Business trip (Him): Feb 2018 - May 31st 2018

Visit Russia: 1st visit - hoping for end of Dec 2018 or his interview

2nd visit hopefully when he moves to the USA.

 

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10 hours ago, CM&KV said:

My husband has both Ukrainian and Russian passports, Ukrainian per birth place, and Russian by Russia taking over Crimea back in 2014 (we hope this won't cause a problem). He does fear if he goes to Ukraine he won't be able to get back to Russia.

That is exactly what my mother in law said - she was also born in Ukraine doesn't want to risk going to Ukraine for the visa interview and not being let back into Russia. Its over 6 months we've been waiting for an interview. 

 

Trump is meeting with Putin in about a week, hopefully he can smooth things over with Russia and we will start seeing some interviews available again. 

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I applied for a B1-2 visa for my mom in Kyiv on July 5th and she got it. It was rather easy to schedule it and everything. My aunt lives in Ukraine and my cousin helped a lot, because I couldn't do anything except filing DS-160 from Russia.

My recommendation  will be to go to Kyiv or any other country, waiting for a slot in Moscow is tiring and may lead to nothing..

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On 07.07.2018 at 9:47 PM, BigRedCat said:

That is exactly what my mother in law said - she was also born in Ukraine doesn't want to risk going to Ukraine for the visa interview and not being let back into Russia. Its over 6 months we've been waiting for an interview. 

 

Trump is meeting with Putin in about a week, hopefully he can smooth things over with Russia and we will start seeing some interviews available again. 

Coming from Crimea for a man and from Russia for a woman is different. I myself just returned from Ukraine and I travelled alone on my way back. Everything seemed absolutely normal and we had a woman visiting her native village, even though she's been living in Russia for over 20 years now. It is fine, we didn't experience any problems. If you are a young man coming from Crimea, I would stay in Crimea, just in case.. 

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I just returned from Russia and on that trip we met a woman who is an English teacher and she mentioned she and a group of friends want to travel to the US in the future.  I mentioned to her the long wait times to get a B2 interview in Moscow and told her she should start planning that part of the overall trip fairly soon.


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Yeah still no openings for interviews - last time I had notice of one in Moscow was months ago and it apparently was filled in a few minutes. What are they doing at the embassy now, nothing? It is totally ridiculous. It appears as though Russian citizens just have very very low chance of ever getting a US B1 visa to visit. 

 

 

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On 7/29/2018 at 10:54 PM, BigRedCat said:

Yeah still no openings for interviews - last time I had notice of one in Moscow was months ago and it apparently was filled in a few minutes. What are they doing at the embassy now, nothing? It is totally ridiculous. It appears as though Russian citizens just have very very low chance of ever getting a US B1 visa to visit. 

 

 

The strangest thing is that there are still numbers in the visa bulletin, which means some people are regularly interviewed!! How does it happen?!

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On 8/20/2018 at 7:38 AM, LenaT said:

The strangest thing is that there are still numbers in the visa bulletin, which means some people are regularly interviewed!! How does it happen?!

It says the current wait time for an interview is 300 days. I have no idea who is actually getting an interview since none are ever available. 

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So I am going on about 10 months waiting for B2. It doesn't look like Moscow is processing anything nor will they. I am guessing the money paid for the interview is a loss - we will have to pay again for an interview in another country and pay for flights etc. What a mess. 

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