Belarusians banned from obtaining U.S. nonimmigrant visas in Russia

Added On August 22, 2017

MINSK, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg will no longer accept nonimmigrant visa applications from residents of Belarus, the U.S. Embassy in Russia said in a statement on Monday.

The statement said that nonimmigrant visa appointments for Belarusian applicants who have already paid the application fee will be rescheduled. Citizens of Belarus are encouraged to schedule nonimmigrant visa appointments at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv or the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius.

The U.S. Embassy in Russia said that it will suspend all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia beginning August 23 due to the Russian government-imposed cap on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia.

Dmitry Mironchik, Head of the Information Office, Press Secretary of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, said that Belarus regretted the news that the U.S. Embassy in Russia cancels the reception of applications for visas from Belarusian citizens.

"It is regretful that relations between the Russian Federation and the United States continue deteriorating and start having a negative impact on ordinary Belarusians," Mironchik said.

He said that Belarus hopes the American side will expand the operation of the consular department of the U.S. Embassy in Minsk.