Immigrating to the United States
DV-2017 Program: Online Registration
Online registration for the DV 2017 Program begins at www.dvlottery.state.gov on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and concludes on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-4). Do not wait until the last week of the registration period to enter, as heavy demand may result in website delays. No late entries or paper entries will be accepted. The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period. Individuals with more than one entry will be disqualified.
New USCIS Immigrant Fee
Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $165.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee.
For more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, please see the following page of the USCIS website: http://www.USCIS.gov/immigrantfee.
U.S. Embassy Moscow’s Immigrant Visa Unit issues visas to Russian nationals and residents seeking permanent residence in the United States, based on a family relationship with a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) or through employment or investment.
Comprehensive information about immigrant visas is provided on the State Department’s travel website, including information about how to file a petition for your foreign relatives from the United States. For American Citizens who reside in Russia and plan to file their petition in Moscow, please visit the website of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Moscow Field Office.
Your Immigrant Visa Interview
Please note: you can check your immigrant visa application status before or after your interview at the page https://ceac.state.gov/CEAC/ of the Consular Electronic Application Center.
If you have received a visa invitation from the National Visa Center (NVC) or the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), or other information that your immigrant visa case is ready to be processed, please visit our visa interview instructions page.
For IV cases where a spouse or fiancé(е) is a petitioner, there is important information available in this pamphlet (PDF - 52.4 kb). It is also available in the Russian language(PDF - 175.5 kb). Please read it before coming for your visa interview.
Fiancé(e) visa applicants may schedule an interview only upon receiving a notification from the U.S. Embassy, Moscow. If you do not get the notification within 60 days from your petition approval date, contact us at email@example.com.
The Diversity Visa Lottery
For further information on how to apply for a Diversity Visa, please visit the State Department’s Diversity Visa website.
Please Note: There have been instances of fraudulent websites posing as official U.S. Government sites. Some companies posing as the U.S. Government have sought money in order to "complete" lottery entry forms. There is no charge to download and complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form. To learn more see the Department of State warning.
Returning Resident Visas
For all other questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.
If you plan to apply for a visa to visit the U.S. this winter, please apply early!
- The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates will be closed on December 25, 2015 and January 1-8, 2016. In addition, Pony Express offices throughout Russia will not accept drop-box applications or additional documents from December 23, 2015 through January 10, 2016.
Fees for Consular Services Changed on September 12, 2014
- The fees for most categories of immigrant visas have changed, while fees for nonimmigrant visas largely remain the same. The fee for processing an application for Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship has been increased to reflect the true cost of providing this service. Find out more... >>
Important Notice: DV 2015 Program
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