Crimea is in the consular district of U.S. Embassy Kyiv. All IV and K applicants, irrespective of citizenship, who are residents of Crimea must apply in Kyiv.

Immigrant Visa Information

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Immigrant Visas

Immigrant visas are for persons who plan to live permanently in the United States. The immigrant visa permits an application for admission to the United States as a Legal Permanent Resident and is a potential step toward acquiring U.S. citizenship. Most immigrant visa applications begin when a qualified family member who is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident submits a petition on behalf of the intending immigrant to the U. S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) in the United States or at a U.S. Embassy/Consulate abroad. It is also possible for a U.S. employer to file a petition for a foreign national whom the employer wishes to hire for an eligible permanent position.

Overview

In general, a person who wishes to immigrate to the United States must have a petition approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) before applying for an immigrant visa. The petition is filed either by a qualified relative or a potential employer at a USCIS office in the United States. Specific information about filing immigrant petitions is available on the USCIS website. An individual with an approved petition and a priority date that is current for processing (when applicable) is eligible to apply for an immigrant visa or K nonimmigrant visa.

Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow accepts I-130 petitions from American citizens who are residents in any consular district in Russia for immediate relative immigrant classification where the beneficiary is a parent, spouse or minor child.

Beginning August 15, 2011, petitioners in Russia may also file through the USCIS Chicago Lockbox at one of the following addresses:

USCIS Chicago Lockbox addresses for regular mail deliveries:
USCIS
P.O. Box 804625
Chicago, IL 60680-4107

USCIS Chicago Lockbox address for express mail and courier deliveries:
USCIS
Attn: I-130
131 South Dearborn Third Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

For additional information about how to file a Form I-130 with the USCIS Chicago lockbox, please see the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov or contact USCIS by telephone in the U.S. at 1-800-375-5283.

The American citizen petitioner must have been a resident in Russia for at least six months before filing the petition and be able to present proof-of-residency. American citizens who are in Russia on temporary status, such as students or tourists, do not meet the residency standard and must file their petitions directly with the domestic USCIS office having jurisdiction over the American citizen's place of residence.

If you wish to petition for a beneficiary, please read and follow the Form I-130 submission instructions on the USCIS Moscow office website.

USCIS Immigrant Fee

Effective February 1, 2013, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a $220.00 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. The below USCIS website has more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions www.USCIS.gov/immigrantfee

Medical Requirements

All applicants must undergo a medical exam by an U.S. Embassy/Consulate-approved Panel Physician. Information about the medical exam can be found here. You will receive instructions about how to schedule an appointment for your medical exam from National Visa Center (NVC) or the U.S. Embassy/Consulate. Do not try to make an appointment before receiving these instructions.

U.S. Embassy/Consulate Appointment

If you have an interview date, you must appear at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate on the date of your appointment. You should arrive at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate fifteen minutes before your appointment. Please read about security restrictions at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate that describe what you can and cannot bring with you to your interview. You should bring your appointment letter and the documents required for your visa class.