Everybody knows today that the relations between the United States and Russian Federation are not perfect. On this basis, a lot of spurious information, concerning the question of immigration, applying for visas to Russian citizens, has appeared. Let’s dispel the most common rumors and myths in order to be aware of the immigration questions nowadays.
So, the Myth #1: The United States do not provide visas to Russian nationals anymore.
Nothing of the kind, the Consular Sections of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and U.S. Consulates in Russia are still issuing visas to the general public. Russians can easily apply for the visas, renew the visas, establish and renew passports and other official documents in the Consulate.
The Myth #2: The new sanctions against Russia make it harder for Russian citizens to obtain the U.S. visas.
Despite the new sanctions, the visa limitations declared by the State Department apply to specified officials and individuals; these restrictions do not spread on the general public, so the Russian national can easily obtain a U.S. visa.
Finally, the Myth #3: You will wait for an interview very long.
Destroying this myth, we can just say that the wait times passed off long ago, today the waiting time for the interview is generally less than a week. You can verify the current wait times at the consulate closest to you. It is necessary to know that during the week before interview you have to prepare all the required documentation (a valid passport, completed forms, payment of fees, medical examination etc.) and bring the following forms and documents to the visa interview.
So, as we can see, despite the political situation and disagreements between the states, the economic relations still exist. A lot of fake and untruthful information appear in the Internet, but you should be careful and be aware of what you are listening, watching, reading. There are the official sites of the Consulates or the government agency (USCIS) that provide reliable and true information about immigration to the United States.
Instructions on how to apply for a U.S. visa can be found http://www.usimmigrationapplication.org/visas