As a result of the Russian government expelling 755 U.S. Diplomats, the U.S. Department of State has announced that the issuance of nonimmigrant visas (O, P, etc) in Russia will be suspended beginning August 23, 2017.

As of 9:00 am Moscow time Monday, August 21, 2017, the U.S. State Department began canceling all visa appointments and interviews throughout Russia.

Beginning September 1, 2017 and until further notices, all visa applications and interviews will only occur through the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. NIV interviews at U.S. Consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok are suspended until further notice.

Applicants who have their interviews canceled should call or contact the U.S. Embassy in Moscow to reschedule their visa interview at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow for a later date. It is unclear at this stage as to whether or not visa applications will also be required to file new applications and/or whether there will be a refund of any applications fees already paid.

In addition, given the staff reductions, all future visa applications should expect significant delays in visa processing in Moscow. For additional reliable visa information and updates, we recommend:

1) ww.artistsfromabroad.org
2) The USCIS website: www.uscis.gov
3) The US Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov
4) The US Customs and Border Patrol website: www.cbp.gov
5) The American Immigration Lawyers Association: www.aila.org

You can always find more information on our website: www.ggartslaw.com. And if there’s something in particular you want to know about, be sure to let us know!

Brian Taylor Goldstein and Robyn Guilliams are the founding partners of GG Arts Law, a New York-based entertainment law firm, as well as Managing Directors of Goldstein Guilliams International, through which they provide comprehensive business, project and tour management, and legal services exclusively to the international performing arts and entertainment community. Brian has twice been recognized as one of New York's "Super Lawyers" in the fields of Entertainment, Intellectual Property and Immigration in The New York Times and is a well-known speaker and author on arts and artist management. Robyn is an internationally recognized specialist in foreign artist taxation and artist business matters, as well as a Co-Author of Artistsfromabroad.org, with an impressive past career in arts administration and management at major venues and arts organizations.

THE OFFICIAL DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE! The purpose of this blog is to provide general advice and guidance, not legal advice. One size never fits all. Circumstances and solutions can, and do, vary. Please consult with a professional—legal, medical, or otherwise—familiar with your specific facts, challenges, medications, psychiatric disorders, past-lives, karmic debt, and anything else that may impact your situation before drawing any conclusions, deciding upon a course of action, sending a nasty email, quoting us out of context, or doing anything rash!
Author: brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq.
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