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Immigrant Visas

Immigrating to the United States

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:

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 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

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

Please visit State Department's travel website and How to Apply for Returning Resident Visa (SB-1) to learn about the process.

Other Questions?

For all other questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.


Important Information

The U.S. Department of State is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa system, which are affecting global operations. This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country or visa category. We recognize and deeply regret the inconvenience to travelers. We are doing everything possible to return passports with visas as soon as we are able to complete processing. We regret that we are currently unable to predict how long the delay will be.

Applicants who interviewed with the U.S. Embassy/Consulate after July 21 and would like their passports temporarily returned to them without the U.S. visa may contact the Embassy or consulate where they applied, via email to for Moscow, for Yekaterinburg and for Vladivostok with RETURN PASSPORT in the subject line of their message, and include their full name and date of birth as they appear in their passport, and passport number in the body of the message.

Applicants who have an urgent need to travel to the United States may contact Contact the Embassy or consulate where you are planning to apply, via email to for Moscow, for Yekaterinburg and for Vladivostok with URGENT TRAVEL in the subject line of their message, and include their full name and date of birth as they appear in their passport, passport number, and nature of the emergency in the body of the message. Please understand that only true emergencies of an extraordinary humanitarian nature, essentially life or death circumstances, can be considered for exceptional handling.

We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this matter and apologize for the inconvenience.

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