After Putin restricts numbers of Russian citizens working in “unfriendly” countries’ embassies, U.S. reduces consular activities

We regret that the actions of the Russian government have forced us to reduce our consular work force by 75%, and will endeavour to offer to U.S. citizens as many services as possible.

U.S. Embassy, Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin last week capped the number of Russians allowed to work in “unfriendly” countries’ embassies, in some cases banning their employment entirely, with the USA being at the top of the “unfriendly” list.

“Effective May 12th, U.S. Embassy Moscow will reduce consular services offered to include only emergency U.S. citizen services” and emergency immigrant visas, the embassy said in a statement.

“Embassy Moscow will not offer routine notarial services, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, or renewal passport services for the foreseeable future,” it specified.

“Non-immigrant visa processing for non-diplomatic travel will cease.”

The mission urged U.S. citizens with expiring visas to leave the country by June 15th or start the needed paperwork at the Russian Interior Ministry to remain there legally.

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