Monthly Archives: May 2012

US Embassy in Moscow “Resets” Visa Policy to 1990s

“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss…”  The Who, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” We have dedicated the last six blog entries to the worsening visa policy of the United States Embassy in Moscow towards Russians.  This policy has … Continue reading

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US Embassy in Moscow – Part VI: Second Interviews – Kangaroo Courts in Moscow

This is the sixth entry in our blog on negative changes at the US Embassy in Moscow over the past year. Wikipedia defines “kanagaroo court” as “a sham legal proceeding or court. The outcome of a trial by kangaroo court is … Continue reading

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US Embassy in Moscow – Part V: Stay Home in Russia, Babushka.

This is the fifth entry of our blog on the negative policy changes taking place at the US Embassy in Moscow over the past year. What babushka does not want to spend time with her grandchildren or help out her … Continue reading

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US Embassy in Moscow – Part IV: Referral of Approved Work Petitions Back to USCIS or “How to Avoid the Black Hole”

Individuals seeking to receive a visa to work in the United States go through a two-step process: 1) the US company employer files a petition with the USCIS, and 2) after approval, applies for a visa at the consulate abroad.  … Continue reading

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US Embassy in Moscow – Part III: Mandatory Travel to Western Europe or “Since when is Spain not a part of Western Europe?”

American law requires that visitor visa applicants have ties to their home country that will ensure that they will return after a visit to the United States.  However, consular officers at the US Embassy in Moscow have recently reinstated another … Continue reading

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US Embassy in Moscow – Part II – Visas Issued for One Year instead of Two: Russians on Probation

This is the second blog in an ongoing series on the negative changes in visa policy of the US Embassy in Moscow. Russian citizens applying for B-1/B-2 (visitor) and certain work visas are entitled to two-year visas.  Department of State … Continue reading

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US Embassy in Moscow – Part I: Refusal Rate of Russians Doubled. How are Russians worse than Brazilians?

Let us start with the big picture. The refusal rate by the US Embassy in Moscow doubled from 2009 to 2010: from 4.9% to 10.3%.  The official statistics can be found at these links: http://www.travel.state.gov/pdf/FY10.pdf http://www.travel.state.gov/pdf/FY09.pdf Only five countries had … Continue reading

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US Embassy in Moscow: What Changed?

Over the past year, the number of complaints we have received regarding the US Embassy in Moscow has increased exponentially.  What changed? Over the next month, we will discuss this in more detail on this blog.

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