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Welcome Message from the Consul General

Welcome Message from Consul General


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 outpost 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.  In addition to our Embassy and Consulates, the American Citizen Services unit will also establish a presence in Sochi during the games to offer routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens at the Games.  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 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.  Over the past year, we have issued over 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, visits by Russians to the United States is forecast to increase by 31% in 2013 If you are thinking about visiting America, 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 U.S., 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.  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!


Julie Kavanagh

Consul General