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Welcome Message from the Consul General

Welcome Message from Consul General

Greetings!

At the American Embassy’s Consular section in Moscow, as well as 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:  https://step.state.gov/step/

Another key part of our work is processing visa applications for Russians who wish to visit America.  Over the past year, we have issued nearly a quarter-million nonimmigrant visas to United States!  This is evidence of the truly astonishing growth in tourism, business cooperation, and study opportunities that are bringing more and more Russians into direct contact with America.  In fact, nearly 200,000 Russian citizens visited the United States for tourism in just the first half of 2014, a 20% increase over the number of Russian visitors during that same period in 2013.  If you are thinking about visiting America, please spend some time familiarizing yourself with the process at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ru.  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 U.S., look for travel ideas at www.discoveramerica.com or find U.S.-focused travel partners at www.visit-usa.ru.

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow also continues to process a wide variety of immigrant visas.  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!


Sincerely,

Julie Kavanagh
Consul General