Alert – U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia – Family-Based Petition Information for U.S. Citizens with Russian Family

Please note that the U.S. Embassy in Moscow is currently not processing immigrant or nonimmigrant visas due to Russian government restrictions on Embassy operations.  Russian citizens may schedule an appointment for nonimmigrant visa interviews at any other U.S. embassy or consulate around the world.  Please note that this suspension means that U.S. Embassy Moscow also cannot accept local filing of form I-130, Petition for Alien Relatives.

U.S. citizens wishing to sponsor their family member for an immigrant visa should first file a Form I-130 petition.  For more information on the immigrant visa process, please visit

NOTE: Russian citizens may schedule an appointment for nonimmigrant visa interviews at any U.S. embassy or consulate where they are physically located and where appointments are available.  To locate the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate please visit this website:

Petitioners residing outside the United States may file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, online at or by mail to the USCIS Dallas Lockbox at one of the addresses below.

USCIS Dallas Lockbox

For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) deliveries:


Attn: I-130

P.O. Box 650264

Dallas, TX 75265


For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:


Attn: I-130

2501 S. State Hwy, 121 Business

Suite 400

Lewisville, TX 75067

For additional information about how to file a Form I-130 with the USCIS Dallas Lockbox, please visit the USCIS website or call USCIS at 1-800-375-5283.

U.S. citizen petitioners may also request to file at a U.S. embassy or consulate in certain limited circumstances and only if filing for immediate relatives (spouse, unmarried child under the age of 21, or parent if the petitioner is 21 years of age or older).

Petitioners who believe that their situation merits an exception to routine filing directly with USCIS may contact the nearest Immigrant Visa Unit at a U.S. embassy or consulate outside of Russia to request acceptance for filing overseas.  Each request for an exception will be evaluated individually. A list of U.S. embassies and consulates is available at

If your petition is already pending with USCIS, you may request expedited processing according to the instructions available at  You will receive notification from USCIS if your expedition request and Form I-130 petition have been approved.

If USCIS approved your Form I-130 petition but you have not yet received an appointment notice for an interview, then your case is with the National Visa Center (NVC).  When your case is eligible for an interview, NVC will automatically send your case to Warsaw and notify you of your appointment date.  You do not need to take any action or request your case be sent to Warsaw, even if you indicated Moscow on your I-130 petition.  Please contact NVC through the Ask NVC online contact form for your updated status and put your name and case number in the subject line to help aid swift processing.  To further ensure processing as quickly as possible, please send only one inquiry.  We ask for your patience as we work through each inquiry.  If you have not yet received a NVC appointment notice, please do not contact Embassy Warsaw as they do not yet have your case.

If you have already received an appointment notice for somewhere other than Embassy Warsaw, including U.S. Embassy Moscow, please email a request for your visa case to be transferred to  Please put your name and case number in the subject line to help aid swift processing (example: SMIRNOV, Mariya, MOS0001234567).  Applicants may alternatively contact the Immigrant Visa Unit of another consulate or embassy to request that their immigrant visa case be sent there instead.

Further to the above, U.S. Embassy Moscow is unable to consider or respond to any requests for immigrant visa appointments or I-130 direct filing.