U.S. Embassy in Russia: Crimeans should apply for visa in Kyiv
Residents of occupied Crimea must apply for an American visa in Kyiv, the press service of the U.S. Embassy in Russia told UNIAN.
"Crimea refers to the consular district of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. All applicants permanently residing in Crimea and applying for immigrant or K-1 (fiance (e)) visas must apply for visas to Kyiv, regardless of their citizenship," the report says.
It is noted that consular fees paid in Ukraine cannot be used when applying for a visa at the U.S. Embassy/Consulates in Russia, and consular fees paid in Russia cannot be used when applying for a visa at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the U.S. Embassy in Russia on Monday announced the suspension of nonimmigrant visa operations across the entire territory of the Russian Federation.
"Due to the Russian government-imposed cap on U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia, all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia will be suspended on August 23. Operations will resume in Moscow on September 1; visa operations at the U.S. consulates will remain suspended indefinitely. Currently scheduled appointments will be cancelled and applicants will be provided instructions on how to reschedule," the statement says.
UNIAN memo. Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea in March 2014 after its troops had occupied the peninsula. An illegal referendum was held for Crimeans to decide on accession to Russia. De-facto Crimean authorities reported that allegedly 96.77% of the Crimean population had voted for joining Russia. On March 18, 2014, the so-called agreement on the accession of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to Russia was signed in the Kremlin.
The West did not recognize the annexation in response to which sanctions against Russia were introduced.
Ukraine's parliament voted to designate February 20, 2014, as the official date when the temporary occupation of Crimea began.