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Moving from Russia to the United States

Learn the various pathways of immigration to the United States, including family-sponsorship and employment from Russia.

Interested in Immigrating to the US from Russia?

Those Americans who have full or partial ancestry from Russia are often called Russian Americans. As of 2017, there are over 403,670 Russians living among the United States. Those who are from the former USSR are also considered Russian Americans. Russian Americans can be decendent of Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Soviet Union, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Estonia, Taikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan. There are over 1,114,602 Russian Americans (including former USSR) living in the US. 

There were several waves of immigration to the US from Russia starting in 1870. Currently, Russia makes up the 19th highest migrant group overall and the 11th highest from Europe into the US. 

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Russian Community in the US

There are several US communities with high percentages of people of Russian ancestry. The top 10 commnties with the highest percentage of Russian ancestry: 

  1. Fox River, Alaska
  2. Aleneva, Alaska
  3. Nikolaevsk, Alaska
  4. Pikesville, Maryland
  5. Roslyn Estates, New York
  6. Hewlett Harbor, New York
  7. East Hills, New York
  8. Wishek, North Dakota
  9. Eureka, South Dakota
  10. Beachwood, Ohio


There are several festivals that continously celebrate Russian culture in the US. One of the largest Russian festivals in the US is called the “Russian Festival” which takes place in Baltimore, Maryland.

Immigration Process

To become a lawful permanent resident of the United States, one must obtain a Green Card . Most immigrants will do so through employment , through family sponsorship , or by being an immediate relative of a US citizen, the latter being most common among Russian immigrants.

Useful Resources for Russian Immigrants in the US
  • Russian Festival: Learn about Russian culture, food, dancing, and more at this Baltimore festival
  • Russian American Foundation: encourage interest in and understanding of Russian heritage among all communities in the US, as well as to promote reciprocal interest in and understanding of American heritage among global Russian-speaking communities.
  • Russian Arts and Culture Month: the City of West Hollywood in California has a specific month designated for Russian culture.  The cultural pride is derived from sharing its values, beliefs, identity, and self-expression with one another and the Southern California community as a whole. 

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