Criminal Records Checks and Fingerprinting

U.S. citizens are occasionally asked to present a criminal records check in connection with a visa application to live and work in Russia.  Such certifications must come from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and almost always require a fingerprint check.

For years the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Moscow has remained the only entity that provided fingerprint services for U.S. citizens in Russia.  The IOM is located near the Embassy, at 2-aya Zvenigorodskaya Ulitsa, dom 12, Metro Ulitsa 1905 and requires a prior appointment to be made via phone at +7 (495) 787-9269 or e-mail at MoscowFP@iom.int .

Please see the Department of State’s webpage on Criminal Records Checks for more information on obtaining FBI and local criminal records checks in the United States.