Embassy Name & Address
American Embassy Moscow
21 Novinskiy Bulvar
**The U.S. Embassy in Moscow no longer accepts direct calls from the public on visa-related matters. All this information is provided by a user-pays call center.
From Russia: (495) 787-3167, (495) 974-8843. Cost $2.68 per minute, 3 minutes minimum.
From the U.S.A.: 1-888-222-5673. Payment by credit card only. Cost $12 per call, regardless of duration.
Everywhere else: (495) 787-3167,
(495) 974-8843(Moscow is 8 hours ahead of Washington, DC),
Payment by credit card only. Cost $12 per call regardless of duration.
Operators are available from 8:00 AM to 8:00PM from Monday through Friday.
**It is recommended to send an email instead.
Obtaining Police Certificate
Available. Russian law (MVD Order no. 965, dated November 1, 2001) mandates that the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) provide police certificates both to Russian citizens and to foreigners who have lived or are living in Russia. The law states that in Russia, MVD offices must provide the certificate within 30 days. Those residing outside of Russia, both Russian citizens and non-citizens, may either delegate a Power-of-Attorney to apply for the certificate on their behalf in Russia, or apply directly to the Russian Consulate. Police certificates should note all names that the person has used in Russia, and should note the MVD branches in all locations that were queried.
Federal and more serious criminal records in Russia are kept at the Main Information Center (MIC), while convictions related to minor offenses (interpreted as when the punishment was to to 3 years of imprisonment) are stored in the local police (militia) archives. Court records are generally available upon a request from the individual. Prison records are generally not available.
Under Russian law, a prior conviction is expunged from the MIC's databank after a specified period of time has passed following the completion of the sentence. For "grave" crimes the period is six years; for "especially grave" crimes it is eight years. Thus, if an applicant committed a grave crime and more than six years have passed since the completion of his/her sentence, the MIC will not show a record of this crime.
In the absence of a Russian police certificate, and when dealing with applicants who could have theoretically served prison time more than eight years prior to the date of IV application, key features to look for are knuckle tattoos. Russian prison culture is vibrant and unique; tattoos serve a role of establishing rank and status, and it is quite common for males to have served time in prison to have such markings.
Medical Exam Details
She should arrange to have her medical at 1-2 weeks before her consulate interview. It takes two days to complete the medical examination. She should bring her Passport, 2x Visa Photos, and her vaccination records (with her doctor's signature and stamp). It is recommended she bring her vaccinations up to date while at the clinic. This is required later when she applies for her Green card in the USA, so by doing it now she will save herself time and expense later.
The clinic will give her a sealed envelope with her test results. She must NOT break the seal. She must bring the unopened envelope with her to the embassy interview.
The following is a list of the facilities in Moscow with panel physicians authorized to conduct such examination.
#15, Sadovo-Kudrinskaya, Moscow
Appointment should be scheduled in advance:
tel. (495) 254-90-28, 8-903-196-37-21 (9 am – 5 pm)
Appointment hours:: Mo-Fri:9 am-5 pm
Cost of medical examination: $115 (children under 15 years old) /$175 (adults)
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION (IOM)
#12, 2nd Zvenigorodskaya,
1st entrance; Moscow, metro: "Ulitsa 1905 goda"
Appointment should be scheduled by phone: (495) 797-8723
Appointment hours: Mo-Thu 8:30 am – 5:30 pm; Fri: 8:30 am-4.15 pm
(Those who come between 8:30 am and 12 pm, can obtain the results on the same day)
Cost of medical examination: $ 160 (adults), $120 (children under 15 years old).
74-1, Okeansky Ave.,
Vladivostok 690090, Children Polyclinic #7
Dr. Luchaninova V.N.
tel. (4232) 45-81-64, answering machine: (4232) 45-24-26
By Fred Wahl