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Welcome Message from the Consul General

Welcome Message from Consul General


At the American Embassy’s Consular Section in Moscow, and our Consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok, we are dedicated to providing excellent customer service. At each of these locations we are proud to offer a range of services both to American citizens in Russia and to Russian citizens planning to travel to the United States.

As the official representation of the United States government in Russia, we have no more important responsibility than the welfare of American citizens in Russia. Whether you are just visiting for a few days or living and working here as a long term resident, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance. More information about our services can found in the U.S. Citizen Services section of this website.

For all Americans visiting Russia for any reason, I strongly encourage you to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP allows us to reach Americans with important information, and to organize assistance in case of an emergency. You can enroll directly at the following website:

Another key part of our work is processing visa applications for Russians who wish to visit America. Recently, we’ve heard rumors that people in Russia believe the United States has stopped accepting visa applications from Russian citizens. That is simply not true. The vast majority of the people who apply for U.S. visas in Russia are approved and, moreover, receive three-year multiple entry visas. In fact, Russians visited the United States approximately 270,000 times in the first nine months of 2014 alone. The United States welcomes Russians to visit, study, and work in the United States and we are pleased that so many people continue to do so. Our doors are open. If you are thinking about visiting the United States, please spend some time familiarizing yourself with the process at On this website, you will find helpful information on how to prepare for your interview and can even schedule your appointment! If you are looking to visit the United States, look for travel ideas at or find U.S.-focused travel partners at

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow also continues to process a wide variety of immigrant visas for persons who qualify on the basis of family relationship, professional expertise, or as participants in our Diversity Visa program. If you already have an immigrant petition pending, or are considering one, please visit the Immigrant Visas section on this website.

Whatever the reason for your visit to our website, I welcome you. I hope you find the information here to be helpful and wish you a safe journey wherever your travels take you!


Lawrence E. Tobey
Consul General