The Embassy stated in an announcement that ranging from Might 12, it can scale back consular providers supplied to incorporate solely emergency U.S. citizen providers and a really restricted variety of immigrant visas akin to life-or-death emergencies.
It famous that non-immigrant visa processing for non-diplomatic journey will stop and it’ll cease providing routine notarial providers, consular experiences of delivery overseas or passport renewal providers for the foreseeable future.
Moscow has moved to ban the U.S. Embassy and consular workplaces from hiring Russian and third-country nationals as a part of its retaliation to a set of latest U.S. sanctions imposed over Russian interference within the 2020 U.S. presidential election and involvement within the SolarWind hack of federal companies — actions Moscow has denied.
The U.S. ordered 10 Russian diplomats out, focused dozens of firms and folks and imposed new curbs on Russia’s skill to borrow cash. Russia shortly retaliated by ordering 10 U.S. diplomats to depart, blacklisting eight present and former U.S. officers and tightening necessities for U.S. Embassy operations.
The U.S. Embassy warned that provision of emergency providers to U.S. residents in Russia may additionally be “delayed or restricted attributable to workers’s constrained skill to journey outdoors of Moscow.”
It warned that it is unable to reply any particular questions on Russian residency or Russian visas and strongly urged any U.S. citizen current in Russia who has an expired visa to depart Russia earlier than the June 15 deadline set by the Russian authorities.
“We remorse that the actions of the Russian authorities have compelled us to scale back our consular workforce by 75%, and can endeavor to supply to U.S. residents as many providers as attainable,” the embassy stated.