USCIS to Close Moscow Field Office
February 7th, 2019
USCIS announced on February 5, 2019 that it will close its office in Moscow, Russia, on March 29, 2019 permanently because of a substantial decrease in demand. The responsibilities of the office in Moscow will be assumed by USCIS office in Athens, Greece and the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. The office in Athens will gain jurisdiction over immigration matters in the Russian Federation, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. The U.S. Embassy will take control over some services previously provided by USCIS to people living in Russia.
The Moscow office will stop accepting applications and become closed to the public on February 28, 2019. Starting on March 1, 2019, people that live in areas previously under the Moscow offices' jurisdiction will need to follow different filing instructions for certain forms. For the forms I-130, I-131A, I-407, I-730, and N-400, view the USCIS' website to find instructions for filing.
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Read the official USCIS news alert here.
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This information comes from a news release from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA Doc. No. 19020502)