Application for immigration to the United States
Immigrant visas are intended for people planning to reside in the US permanently. Immigrant visa gives the right to apply for permission to enter the US as a permanent resident and potentially is a step towards acquiring US citizenship. In most cases, the process of applying for an immigrant visa begins when a family member with a certain degree of kinship, who is a US citizen or permanent resident of the United States, submits a petition against a potential immigrant to the Citizenship and Immigration Service in the United States or to the US embassy (consulate) abroad. In addition, employers in the United States can file petitions against foreigners whom they would like to hire on a regular basis to certain authorized posts.
Typically, with respect to a person wishing to immigrate to the United States, there must already be a petition approved by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service before the application for an immigrant visa. This petition is filed by a relative with a certain degree of kinship or a potential employer in the US Citizenship and Immigration Service. Detailed information on how to file immigration petitions can be found on the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website. A person who has an approved petition and for whom a priority date has been determined (if any) has the right to apply for an immigrant visa or a non-immigrant visa category K.
The Office of the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) located in the US Embassy in Moscow, accepts petitions in the form of I-130 from US citizens residing in any consular district of Russia, with respect to their close relatives: parents, spouse or minor children.
Since August 15, 2011, persons filing a petition and permanently residing in Russia can also send them by mail to the address box of the US Citizenship and Immigration Service in Chicago:
The address of the US citizenship and immigration office in Chicago for ordinary postal items:
Chicago, IL 60680-4107.
The address of the US citizenship and immigration office in Chicago for express mail and parcels sent by courier:
131 South Dearborn Third Floor.
Chicago, IL 60603-5517.
For more information about submitting Form I-130 through the US Citizenship and Immigration Services box, visit the http://www.uscis.gov website or contact the US Citizenship and Immigration Services at 1-800-375-5283.
A US citizen may file an immigration petition in Russia if he has resided in the territory of the Russian Federation for at least six months before the petition is filed and can confirm this by submitting the relevant documents. US citizens who are on the territory of the Russian Federation temporarily, such as students and tourists, are not considered to be residents of Russia. Therefore, such persons must file petitions with the Citizenship and Immigration Service at the place of residence in the United States.
If you are going to file an immigration petition against a person, read the instructions on submitting the I-130 form on the website of the Moscow branch of the Citizenship and Immigration Service.
The immigration fee of the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)
Beginning February 1, 2013, all applicants who have been issued immigrant visas at US Embassies must pay an immigration fee of USCIS of US $ 165, before commencing a trip to the United States. The exception to this rule are the future adoptive parents whose children / children enter the territory of the United States either through the Orphans program or the Haas program; Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who previously worked for the US Civil Service; returning residents; holders of category K. These categories of applicants do not pay this fee. Please visit the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website for more information about the new collection, including USCIS contact information, if you have any additional questions.
All applicants must undergo a medical examination performed by a medical commission whose composition is approved by the US embassy or consulate. Information on the medical examination can be found on this page. Information on the procedure for recording for medical examination is provided by the National Visa Center or the US Embassy (Consulate). Do not attempt to register before receiving the appropriate instructions.
Interview at the US Embassy or Consulate.
If you are assigned an interview date, you must report to the US Embassy or Consulate on the relevant day fifteen minutes before the scheduled time. Read the safety rules, which indicate what things can and can not be carried to the US embassy or consulate for an interview. With you, you need to take a letter with an invitation for an interview and the documents necessary to consider an application for a visa of the appropriate category.
Application for immigration to the United States