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  1. My boyfriend who lives in Russia applied for a tourist visa about two months ago and we are still unable to schedule an appointment in Moscow. The website just says "no appointments available". Has anyone else had this problem?
  2. Hi everyone!My interview on k1 visa was 01/15/2020. After the interview they gave me 221g paper and kept my passport. And after that the status of my case changed to 'Administrative processing'. Did anyone have this? and how long can it be ?
  3. Hello everyone, I am trying to find round trip flights from Spb/Moscow to either Cancun/Mexico City. I have a trip planned with my Fiancee in Mexico where we will meet, but we didn't know she needed a transit visa for layovers in the US. So, we want to avoid going through all this and want to find a way to travel from Russia to Mexico without landing in the US. We plan to meet either in March/April depending on ticket prices. I've searched on Kayak, Skyscanner, Kiwi.com etc. It seems tickets are about $800+. If someone can point me in the right direction, I would appreciate it. 😅
  4. I sent my k1 visa packet December 24, 2019. The tracking number reads it's already in Texas and should be in the Lockbox by tomorrow Friday the 27th. 😀
  5. In Pg5, Pt 2 11.a. It's asking for " Mailing address of your Beneficiary" we wrote her hometowns address near Vladivostok. She doesn't live there, she lives in St. Petersburg. Her mom lives near Vladivostok. I'm pretty sure its incorrect. We should write the address of where she lives now., for both " Mailing address of your Beneficiary and " Beneficiaries Address History. Correct?
  6. Hi everyone, I'm applying for a K1 visa for my fiancee in Russia and I'll appreciate a bit of clarity. After, we received our packet 3 on 19 Feb , I went ahead and completed DS-160, paid the $265 fee and went online to complete the interview scheduling process but had to wait for our request for interview appointment to be approved. I sent an email to the Moscow embassy to inquire about our status and I just received 2 responses from ustraveldocs.com that the Embassy has received our visa petition and that the case is ready for processing, and other details about scheduling an interview; i immediately received another email that the request to schedule an interview has been approved also. My question are: 1.Are we going to receive a separate e-mail (packet IV) from the Moscow Embassy(rather than ustraveldocs.com ) with details about the medical examination process and other stuff? Or the response we got from ustraveldocs.com is what we'll use to schedule the medical exam? 3. There are currently no interview appointments available at the Moscow embassy. anyone in the same boat and how you dealing with it? Thanks very much
  7. Via Chicago Tribune So, the word on the street now in Russia is: it's now impossible to talk about the government. If you point of any negative things, you will be fined/jailed; if you say anything good about the government, that would be false and therefore "fake news"! It's a catch-22...
  8. Finally some good news for us! Regarding visitor visas for Russians: Via the official US Embassy website in Russia.
  9. Hey all, My fiancee and I are facing a choice - spouse visa or fiancee visa. What process seems easier? Here is our story to give you a little context: I am a Russian citizen. I got my bachelors in the US (2011-2016), and have been dating my American fiancee since 2012. After I finished my bachelor in summer 2016, I did an OPT on my H1B in the US. We were able to both live in the same city and date until summer 2017 when I had to go back to Russia as my OPT expired. The company I was working for during my OPT offered to sponsor my H1B visa application twice in 2017 and 2018, but unfortunately both times my application got denied. Since I returned home my fiancee and I have been in a long-distance relationship and took 2 trips to spend time with each other: one trip in December 2017 and a second trip in January 2019. We are both young professionals and don't have a ton of money to pay legal fees. What is the most cost- and time-effective way for us to proceed: K-1 or IR-1/CR-1 visa? Thanks, Vica
  10. I've got a Russian friend that's been looking for study at a foreign English school, and she's chosen the US. She's spent the last few months planning everything out; she got all the required paper work, got an invitation from the school, booked an apartment, got a bank statement ready, as well as other proof of ties to her country (She's got a car, attends a masters program part time, and even has an apartment given to her by her parents). The language course starts mid-June. She went for the interview at the Moscow Embassy and was rejected outright. The immigration officer asked her a few generic questions in broken Russian, asked for the invitation from the school, as well as her passport, and rejected her without even asking for her bank statement or anything else (even after my friend offered to show her). Is this typical? She had hired an agent of some sort to help with the visa process, and her whole office is very surprised at the rejection. They aren't really sure what to make of it, and the only advice she offered is to try again. My friend had also mentioned that it seemed from the pile of passports that this immigration officer had less than half the accepted applicants than the one next door. I don't know what to make of it all. It seems likes she was rejected outright based off looks, or even the region she was born in. I recognize that she has a few things that could be going against her. She's young (early 20s), and isn't currently working. She's from a fairly well-off family and is having this entire trip paid for by her parents. But these hardly seem like reasons for a denial. Now with a denial on her record, it will make things even harder. All the proof she brought with her of ties to her home country weren't even looked at. Has anyone else had anything like this happen, and if so, how did you go about correcting it?
  11. via The Moscow Times Not sure if others heard about this. More "good" news about US-Russia relations....
  12. Is it possible to move our visa interview to another embassy (in another country)? It's looking like we're going to have a long an uncertain wait at the embassy in Moscow. We've paid the visa fee and prepared all documents, but we're still waiting to be assigned an interview date. The Moscow embassy site doesn't show any dates available to choose from, and some people have been reporting waiting more than a month. Looking at the immigration timelines page, it seems like no Russian applicants have been reported interview dates at all for the last few months. Could the medical exam still be performed in Russia? Is there a limitation to what countries we can transfer our case to, if any? What would be the expected wait if we asked the NVC to transfer our case? I don't expect I'll be seeing my interview fee again if we do decide to move to another embassy. Thanks for and answers and advice! -Matt
  13. Hey guys, I have a few questions about AOS - I am trying to make sure I understand everything correctly after doing my research. So my current situation is I need to file for AOS here in Las Vegas for my wife - we have been married just about a year now (she has a social security card) so I know the visa and medical exam is expired (we will need to do a new one.) We just haven't had the extra funds until now to pay for AOS. After we pay for AOS we have to wait for an interview and is that when you get the temp green card? I ask because she wants to be able to get a drivers license but cannot do so until she has the temp green card. It looks like for Vegas the interview is over 400 days, is that correct? Is she going to have to wait over a year just to get a temp green card? I am a little confused on the process.
  14. We like so many others these days are facing this problem at the moment. The officer and all the other sources promise 2-3 days to get your visa from the Pony Express office on Kurskaya after the approval at the interview. In reality it is rarely 2-3 days and more like 7-10. I think you guys should know that and plan accordingly... Try not to buy tickets before you have your passports, or at least buy refundable. We had our interview on September 25, had Application Received on ceac.com the next day and Administrative Processing until Issued on day 3. Nothing from Pony Express, went there in person. One more story: interview on September 20, status changed to Issued on September 27, nothing new since then.
  15. 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!
  16. I am getting ready to schedule our interview and am wondering how much time should I allow to obtain the police certificate. Does anyone have any experience with this and know about how long it takes to get the certificate once requested? Thanks, Jonathan
  17. Hello, my american wife and my 2.5 year old son are going to Russia with me at the end of September. I'm looking for advises on where to apply for their visas and how to get their invitations. We live in Richmond, Virginia. Thank you.
  18. He went to his doctor in Yakutsk and they've lost his records. He's been back 3 times but no luck and our NOA2 is in September. I suppose there is nothing left but for him to have absolutely everything done again. Any other options or ideas? He was trying to get proof of previous vaccinations and to take the needed vaccines from his local physician because it's our understanding that we must pay for each needed vaccines on top of the $260 medical fee.
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