Washington Says Russians Seeking US Immigrant Visas Must Go to Warsaw | News | DW


The US State Department said on Sunday that Russians wishing to obtain an immigrant visa for the United States should go to the Embassy in Warsaw, Poland.

The move comes shortly after Russia limited the number of US diplomats in its territory.

“Homeless nationals”

Washington’s decision qualifies Russians as “homeless nationals” who can apply for visas in third countries.

This classification is generally reserved for countries where the United States does not have a consular representation, or where consular staff cannot use their visas.

Other countries in the category include Cuba, Eritrea, Iran, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.

Russians applying for a nonimmigrant visa will also be allowed to apply from third countries, provided they are physically present. The Moscow Embassy will only process diplomatic or official visas.

Warsaw is approximately 1,200 kilometers (approximately 746 miles) from the Russian capital Moscow.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told the Telegram social platform that US diplomats “have been destroying the consular service system in Russia for many years.”

Understaffed consulate

The tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions from Washington and Moscow have left embassies and consulates understaffed and disrupted normal services.

“The Russian government’s decision to ban the United States from retaining, hiring or recruiting Russian or third-country personnel severely affects our ability to provide consular services,” the US State Department said in a statement. release, admitting that the decision would complicate the process. for the Russians.

He warned candidates not to travel to Warsaw without making an appointment.

“We took into account a number of factors including proximity, flight availability, convenience for applicants […] the prevalence of Russian speakers among our locally recruited staff and the availability of staff, ”the statement added.

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