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State Dept. Announces F/M/J Nonimmigrant Visa Processing Posts Outside of Moscow for Applicants Resident in Russia

The Department of State (DOS) announced on January 21, 2022, that due to “severely limited consular operations in Moscow,” DOS has designated multiple posts for processing certain nonimmigrant visa applications from persons resident in Russia. Russia-based student visa applicants (F and M categories), academic exchange J visitors (student, professor, research scholar, short-term scholar, and specialist […]

Family Reunited After Mandamus Lawsuit Against U.S. Consulate Proves Successful

The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) operations have been constrained by the global COVID pandemic, and consular backlogs have become the norm over the past 18 months.  This is bad news for persons seeking visas, and particularly difficult for visa applicants languishing in “administrative processing.” It appears that many of these cases are put on […]

Russia: Air Travel Resumes, Extension of Covid-19 Measures, and Family Members of Select Work-Permit Individuals Now Admitted

Air Travel Resumes As of January 27, 2021, air traffic to Russia has resumed with Finland, Vietnam, India, and Qatar. At the moment, in addition, air traffic is open between Russia and Abkhazia, Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Greece, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Republic of Korea, Republic of South Ossetia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, […]

Russia: Measles Vaccinations Now Required for all Foreign Employees and Updates on Unified e-Visas

This article provides information about required measles vaccinations for all foreign employees, entry points and other information for unified e-visa holders, and new notification forms being implemented for the employment of foreign workers. Measles Vaccinations Required Employers are required to ensure that all foreign employees are immunized against measles. A foreign citizen can confirm that […]

Entry to Russia: 14-Day Quarantine or Testing Requirements

Beginning on July 15, 2020, foreign citizens and those crossing the Russian border on a regular flight, and entering Russia with any purpose except work, must present documentation of a negative COVID-19 test in Russian or English: (1) The document should confirm a negative result for laboratory analysis of COVID-19 infection by polymerase chain reaction […]

RUSSIA: Covid-19 Update on Border Crossings & Visa Extensions

Summary Starting March 25, 2020, the following categories of foreign citizens and stateless persons can cross the Russian border despite the border block: Diplomats and consular workers, other officials; Persons with ordinary private visas, issued in connection with the death of their close relative. A death certificate will be required as well as a document […]

RUSSIA: Quick Updates

Quota for engaging foreign labour in 2020 is approved. The Russian government has approved the quota for engaging foreign labor in 2020, set at 104,993 foreign nationals, a decrease from 2019, when the quota was 144,583. Croatia—simplification of visa formalities. The Russian government has signed an agreement with the government of the Republic of Croatia […]

RUSSIA: Agreement with the Republic of Tajikistan Regarding Organized Recruitment

Summary of the Issue: An agreement with the Republic of Tajikistan regarding organized recruitment of Tajik citizens for temporary work in Russia has been ratified. Federal law has ratified an agreement between the governments of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tajikistan regarding organized recruitment of Tajik citizens for temporary work in the territory […]

RUSSIA: Reminder – Upcoming Deadline for Employers to Confirm Measles Vaccination of All Foreign Employees

Employers engaging foreign labor in Russia have until 31 December 2019 to confirm the vaccination against measles of all the foreign nationals they currently employ.