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Russia - Moscow Field Office

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Field Office Director

Emery Moore

Service Area

The Moscow Field Office has jurisdiction over U.S. immigration matters in the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Street Address

United States Embassy
Novinskiy Bulvar 19/23
Moscow 121099
Russian Federation

Mailing Address from the US

Field Office Director
5430 Moscow Place
Dulles, VA 20189
 

Mailing Address from Outside the US

Field Office Director
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Department of Homeland Security
American Embassy
8 Bolshoi Devyatinskiy Pereulok
Moscow 121099
Russian Federation

Express Mail address

Field Office Director
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Department of Homeland Security
American Embassy
8 Bolshoi Devyatinskiy Pereulok
Moscow 121099
Russian Federation

Detailed Information about Services:

http://moscow.usembassy.gov/uscismain.html.

Office Location

We are located on the Garden Ring in central Moscow.

Hours of Operation

The Moscow Field Office is open for public inquiries Monday through Friday. The office is closed on U.S. and Russian holidays.

Please see our webpage at http://moscow.usembassy.gov/uscismain.html to obtain an appointment. An appointment is necessary.

Phone, Fax Numbers & E-mail

Phone: 
For general inquiries in English or Russian, please call (7-495) 728-5236 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, except on U.S. and Russian holidays. If calling from the United States, please dial 011 first.

Fax:
Please send faxes to (7-495) 728-5083.

E-mail:
Please send e-mails to moscow.dhs@uscis.dhs.gov.

Visiting the office in person

Appointments:
Appointments can be made only via the internet at www.infopass.uscis.gov. Choose your country of residence under the list of countries rather than entering a zip code. This will allow you to select an appointment with the appropriate USCIS office. Please bring a printout of your INFOPASS appointment letter and a photo ID with you to the appointment.  Please note that electronic devices, including cell phones, tablets, laptop computers, are not allowed inside the U.S. Embassy.

Walk-ins:
The office does not accept walk-ins.

Public Transportation

The nearest subway stations are ''Barrikadnaya'' and ''Krasnopresnenskaya.''

Parking & Handicap Accessibility

Parking is not readily available near the office.

Accessibility for individuals with special needs is available.

Paying Fees

Fees for applications and petitions are listed on the Forms section of the USCIS website. The fees for all applications and petitions submitted to this office must be paid with credit cards or cash, in either U.S. dollars or rubles, to the Embassy cashier, after petitioners have submitted their documents at the DHS/USCIS intake windows. The Embassy cashier window closes at 4 p.m. The Embassy cashier does not accept checks.

Customer Feedback

We strive to provide quality service to our customers. If we have not lived up to this commitment, or if we have met or exceeded your expectations, please let us know. To comment on the services provided at this office, please write to the Field Office Director at the address given above, or to the District Director.

Mailing Address from the United States:

District Director
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
United States Embassy
Unit 9500 Box 37
DPO AE 09624-0037

Mailing Address from Outside the United States and Express Mail:

District Director
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Via Sallustiana 49
00187 Roma, Italy

If you feel you were mistreated by a USCIS employee, or wish to make a complaint of misconduct by a USCIS employee, you may write to the District Director, or write directly to the Department of Homeland Security:
Department of Homeland Security
USCIS
Attn: Chief, International Operations Division
20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 3300
Washington, DC 20529-2100

Forms

Immigration forms are available under the Forms section of the USCIS website.

Visas

For in-depth information about visas, please check the Visa Services section of the U.S. Department of State website.

Form I-407

The abandonment of lawful permanent resident status is irrevocable. An individual who relinquishes lawful permanent resident status must qualify again for such status. Therefore, one should give careful thought to abandoning lawful permanent resident status.

If you wish to abandon your permanent residence and relinquish your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), please contact us for further instructions.

Forms I-600 & I-600A

Prospective adoptive parents generally file Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition, before they identify the child they wish to adopt. The Form I-600A application enables USCIS to determine whether U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents are suitable and eligible to adopt a foreign-born child that meets the definition of an orphan under INA 101(b)(1)(F) from a country that is not a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). 

Once a child is identified, prospective adoptive parents file Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative. The Form I-600 petition enables USCIS to determine whether an orphan from a country that is not a party to the Hague Adoption Convention is eligible to be classified as a U.S. citizen’s immediate relative. If prospective adoptive parents have identified a child for adoption but have not filed the Form I-600A application, they may: 1) file the Form I-600A first and then the Form I-600, or 2) file only the Form I-600 (which in this case acts as both the Forms I-600A and I-600), but must also submit all the documents required by both Forms I-600 and I-600A, including a home study with original signature(s).

U.S. citizens who reside in the United States should file the Form I-600A in the United States. Prospective adoptive parents who reside outside the United States may file the Form I-600A at the USCIS international office having jurisdiction over their place of residence abroad or at the stateside USCIS office having jurisdiction over their proposed place of residence in the United States.  The filing instructions for Form I-600A are available on our website.

Prospective adoptive parents who reside in countries of the Former Soviet Union – Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan – may submit their Form I-600A to the USCIS Moscow Field Office. Please note carefully that although Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Moldova are within the jurisdiction of the USCIS Moscow Field Office, they have ratified the Hague Adoption Convention. Therefore, prospective adoptive parents who intend to adopt a child from one of these countries should follow the Hague Adoption Convention process and file Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country, and Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative. U.S. citizens filing these forms must file in the United States.  For more information on this process, please visit our Web page on the Hague Process.
 

Form I-130

U.S. Citizens who lawfully reside in the Russian Federation may file petitions for immediate relatives in person at the Moscow Field office during business hours.

Who May File and When
The Moscow Field Office accepts Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, from U.S. citizens living in the Russian Federation who are filing for their spouse, parent, or unmarried child under 21 years of age. Petitions from U.S. lawful permanent residents and petitions for relatives of U.S. citizens other than those mentioned fall into different visa categories and must be filed in the United States. See Direct Filing Address for Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, for more information.

U.S. citizens MUST file their petitions in person. When a U.S. citizen is filing a Form I-130 petition for a spouse, it is recommended that the spouse also appear so that immigration officials may ask any questions necessary for the adjudication of the petition.
 

To file Form I-130 in Moscow:

  1. U.S. citizens must establish that they lawfully reside in the Russian Federation in order to file at the Moscow office.
  2. To establish the residency requirement, U.S. citizens should submit one or more of the following:
    - Multi-entry Russian visa
    - Proof of local registration
    - Work contract
    - Apartment lease
    - U.S. military ID and evidence that the U.S. citizen is stationed overseas
    - Other documents.
  3. Documents that prove the relationship between the U.S. citizen petitioner and the non-U.S. citizen beneficiary should be submitted along with photocopies. Such documents include a marriage certificate, divorce or death certificates from previous marriages, and name-change certificates.
  4. Documents not in English must be submitted with English translations. Translations do not need to be notarized but should be signed by the translator and accompanied by a statement that the translation is accurate and that the translator is competent to translate.
  5. It is recommended that you provide a photocopy of any visas to the United States that your relative has been issued. If your relative has been in immigration proceedings previously, it is recommended that your relative provide detailed information about these proceedings. This may often speed the processing of your petition.

Filing Fee

See Paying Fees above.  Additional fees are charged for the immigrant visa part of the process.  Please see the Visas section on the Embassy website or the Embassy cashier for a list of these fees.

Processing

The Form I-130 petition will be adjudicated at the Moscow Field Office.  After your petition is approved, it will be forwarded to the Immigrant Visa Unit, which will contact your relative directly to schedule the visa interview. If you have further questions about your case after petition approval, please contact the Immigrant Visa Unit by e-mail at: consulmo@state.gov.  The Immigrant Visa Unit has no open public hours.

Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

USCIS international offices are only authorized to process applications for naturalization for active duty military members and certain eligible family members. See the Citizenship section on the USCIS website for naturalization eligibility criteria and the proper filing procedures.

Form I-131 Parole

The Moscow Field Office does not issue humanitarian parole. To apply for humanitarian parole, individuals must submit Form I-131, Application for Travel Document.

For US Postal Service (USPS) Deliveries, submit your application to:
USCIS Dallas Lockbox
USCIS
PO Box 660865
Dallas, TX 75266

For Express mail and courier deliveries, submit your application to:
USCIS
Attn: HP
2501 S. State Hwy 121, Business
Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067

Instructions on how to file an application for humanitarian parole are located on Form I-131.

For individuals who received parole under the Lautenberg refugee program, please see Form I-590 criteria below.

Form I-131 Re-entry Permit

The Moscow Field Office does not issue or extend re-entry permits.

Instructions on how to obtain or replace a re-entry permit are located in How Do I Get A Reentry Permit.

Form I-590

The Moscow Field Office adjudicates applications from refugees referred by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and those accepted into the Lautenberg refugee program. If you have questions about eligibility for referral, please contact UNHCR via email at rusmo@unhcr.org or the International Office for Migration website at http://moscow.iom.int/. For general information and processing criteria please see the Department of State website and the Refugees section on the USCIS website.

Filing Form I-601 and I-212 from Abroad

If you are abroad and otherwise approved to immigrate to the United States, but a Department of State Consular Officer found you ineligible to enter because of one or more grounds of inadmissibility for which a waiver may be available, you may apply for a waiver by filing Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility.

If you left the United States voluntarily after being issued an order of deportation or removal, were deported or removed, or re-entered the U.S. unlawfully after previously accumulating more than one year of unlawful presence, you may apply for readmission to the U.S. by filing Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission Into the United States After Deportation or Removal. 

Where to File

On June 4, 2012, USCIS changed where waiver applications are filed. This will provide more efficient and consistent application processing, and allow you to track your case status online. You may also request an email or text message confirming receipt of your waiver by completing and attaching Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance to your application.

Waiver applications and supporting evidence should be mailed directly to the USCIS Lockbox. You may find the address for the appropriate USCIS Lockbox in the form instructions, as well as in the USCIS website at:

Our office will process your application if you submitted it on or before June 4, 2012. 

Please see the policy memorandum, Exceptions for Permitting the Filing of Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, and any associated Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal, at an International USCIS Offices, for more information.

I-601 Expedited Adjudication Requests

If you are sending your application to the USCIS Lockbox and believe you have extraordinary circumstances that are time-sensitive and compelling, you may attach a written request to have your application expedited at the time of filing.

If you have already submitted your application to the Lockbox, you can make an expedite request by either contacting the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) directly by email, or by calling the USCIS National Customer Service Center.

For information on how to contact the NSC and our National Customer Service Center, please visit the Contact Us page on the USCIS website. 

If you filed a Form I-601 with this office on or before June 4, 2012, and it is still pending, you may request that the USCIS office expedite adjudication of your application when there are extraordinary circumstances that are time-sensitive, compelling, and would require you to be in the U.S. sooner than would be possible if your application was processed under a normal time frame. A strong desire to immigrate to the United States as soon as possible is not by itself “extraordinary.”

You must deliver a written request to expedite adjudication to the USCIS Field Office Director. You must also provide evidence of the extraordinary and compelling circumstance.

If your request to expedite the adjudication of an I-601 waiver is approved, the USCIS office will notify you within 15 days of receipt of your request. If you do not receive a response within 15 days, then it is very likely that your request has been denied.

Please be aware that approval to expedite adjudication of an I-601 waiver application does not guarantee that you will be approved, but only that consideration and adjudication of the I-601 waiver application will be expeditiously handled. If additional evidence is required, the adjudication of your application may be delayed. You will receive a Request for Evidence if additional evidence is needed. If your request for expedited processing is denied, your waiver will be adjudicated within normal processing times.

Transportation Boarding Letters

For lawful permanent residents (LPRs) whose documents have been lost, stolen, mutilated or damaged, the Moscow Field Office may be able to issue Transportation Letters. LPRs who have been outside of the United States on temporary visits should bring any documents they have to the appointment with the Moscow Field Office.

 

Fingerprints

The Moscow Field Office takes fingerprints for persons who are residents of Russia and who are:

  • Active-duty members of the military or their spouses who are applicants for naturalization; 
  • Spouses of U.S. government employees serving overseas and other applicants for expedited naturalization residing overseas; 
  • Prospective adoptive parents who are filing from overseas; or
  • Applicants for Refugee Travel Documents.

Limited fingerprinting services may also be available to overseas applicants filing for U.S. immigration benefits who present an appropriate letter from a domestic USCIS office stating that fingerprints are required, or in compelling circumstances.  Please contact our office for additional information.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 12/11/2014