The U.S. State Department has suspended operations at the U.S. Embassy in Minsk and authorized the voluntary departure of nonemergency employees and family members at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. The Department has urged American to leave both countries.
Additional Information: The State Department reissued “do not travel” warnings for Belarus and Russia. The warnings had already been in place due to COVID-19, but the State Department has expanded such warnings due to the Russian military buildup in Belarus and the invasion of Ukraine, among other reasons.
As of Feb. 28, the State Department has not designated another U.S. Embassy for processing immigrant visa applications for those living in Belarus. The State Department previously designated the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw to process immigrant visa applications for those living in Russia. Generally, nonimmigrant (temporary) visa applicants from both countries can apply at any U.S. embassy or consulate where they are physically present and can obtain an appointment. The State Department’s announcement is available here.
BAL Analysis: Companies with employees in the country are encouraged to follow State Department information and warnings closely. BAL will continue to monitor developments regarding the invasion of Ukraine and will provide more information as it becomes available.
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