The American Chamber of Commerce in Russia (AmCham) has asked the US government to resume the issuance of nonimmigrant visas at the embassy in Moscow. This was stated in an interview with Izvestia by the head of AmCham Alexis Rodzianko. According to him, the termination of the issuance of permits to Russians by the US Embassy creates strong obstacles to the work of the business community, since over 20 thousand Russian employees of American companies cannot obtain permits to enter the United States.
“Today this is probably the most important obstacle to our work. In the Russian Federation, several hundred thousand Russians work for American companies, and the top is about two tens of thousands of people: they must travel for business reasons, meet with their colleagues, including in the United States. And when visas – business visas, not immigration ones – are not issued, this naturally interferes with such meetings. This means one more limitation plus to the covid, ”said the head of AmCham.
He stressed that, for its part, the Chamber of Commerce “is trying with all its might to persuade the American government to solve this problem.”
“I don’t know for sure, but it seems to me that they are waiting for a solution to the issue of the staff of diplomatic staff and are delaying the resolution of the issue of visas. We see it this way: even if there is only one American diplomat here, it would be possible to issue visas in some other way. But on the part of the US government, the visa issue is perhaps a bargaining chip, “suggested Alexis Rodzianko.
Since May 12, the US Embassy in Moscow has reduced the number of consular services provided, leaving only emergency services for US citizens and a limited number of immigrant visas in the event of their expiration, as well as immigrant visas in cases of life threats or death.
Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the decision of the US Embassy to stop issuing visas to Russians will not change anything.
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“For the United States, the issue of issuing visas is a coin of bargaining.”