Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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FAQ - General Visa Information

  1. How long does my passport have to be valid in order to apply for a U. S. visa?
  2. Do I qualify for the Visa Waiver Program?
  3. What is the fee for ESTA and who has to pay it?
  4. If I travel to the United States without ESTA, what happens?
  5. If I am a third-country national living in Ukraine, can I apply for a nonimmigrant visa in Kyiv?
  6. Do all nonimmigrant visa applicants have to come to the Embassy for an interview?
  7. I have a nonimmigrant visa that will expire soon and I would like to renew it. Do I need to go through the whole visa application process again?
  8. My passport has expired, but the U.S. visa in it is still valid. Do I need to apply for a new visa?
  9. I have dual citizenship. Which passport should I use to travel to the United States?
  10. How can I extend my visa?
  11. Must I submit my visa application form electronically?
  12. What is "administrative processing?"
  13. How do I read and understand my visa?
  14. My visa will expire while I am in the United States. Is there a problem with that?
  15. What will happen when I enter the U.S.?
  16. I did not turn in my I-94 when I left the United States. What should I do?
  17. I have questions on submitting my DS-160 and printing the confirmation page. Where can I go for more information?
  18. I want to book my travel as far in advance as possible. When should I book my travel tickets for?
  19. I'm a U.S. citizen and I would like to invite my friends to visit. What do I need to do?
  20. I have a scheduled appointment for a visa interview. I need to reschedule it for a different date and time. How do I do that?
  21. I will have to travel to the U.S. on XXXX (date). What is the earliest possible date to apply for a tourist visa?
  22. I plan to travel to the U.S. with my 2 y.o. child. Do I have to pay the same application fee for my child as for myself? Do all children have to appear in person for their appointments?
  23. If I am a third-country national living in Ukraine, can I apply for a nonimmigrant visa in Kyiv?
  24. How long can I stay in the U.S. on a tourist or business visa?
  25. I will stay in the United States for a couple of hours and take a flight to another country. I will not even leave the airport. Do I need to apply for a visa?
  26. What documents do I need for my visa to be approved?
  27. I have a valid U.S. visa. This year I plan to travel with my child, who is registered in my passport. Does s/he need a visa or would my visa be enough?
  28. Do Ukrainian citizens need to have a medical insurance when visiting the U.S.?
  29. My passport with a valid tourist visa was stolen. Is there any special application procedure for such cases?
  30. My visa will expire while I am in the United States. Is there a problem with that?
  31. If I receive a multiple-entry nonimmigrant visa for 5 years, how many times during the calendar year can I travel to the United States? And how long can I stay in the U.S.?
  32. I am aware that the International Civil Aviation Authority Organization (ICAO) is requiring that Member States end the circulation of all non-machine readable passports by November 24, 2015. I hold a non-machine readable passport. Will it still be valid for visa issuing purposes after November 24, 2015?
  33. I want to book my travel as far in advance as possible. When should I book/buy my tickets?
  34. I am a U.S. citizen inviting my friend/relative to visit the U.S. I traveled to Ukraine to assist him/her with all the arrangements for this visit. I would like to come in on the date of the visa interview and be there with friend/relative to assist and answer any questions about the visit should such arise during the visa interview. Can I do that?

Q.1 How long does my passport have to be valid in order to apply for a U. S. visa?

You must possess a passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions).

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Q.2 Do I qualify for the Visa Waiver Program?

You qualify for the Visa Waiver Program if you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program country, possess a machine-readable passport, are traveling for temporary business or a visit of less than 90 days, meet other program requirements, and have obtained an authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

You must be a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program-eligible country in order to use this program. Permanent residents of VWP-eligible countries do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program unless they are also citizens of VWP-eligible countries. We recommend you visit the Visa Waiver Program website before any travel to the United States to determine if you are eligible for the VWP.

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Q.3 What is the fee for ESTA and who has to pay it?

ESTA registration is required for all travelers to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. There is a US $14 fee for ESTA registration. The fee can be paid online using a debit card or any of the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Third parties (travel agents, family members, etc.) can pay your ESTA fee for you if you do not have the correct type of credit card. If the ESTA registration is denied, the fee is only US $4.

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Q.4 If I travel to the United States without ESTA, what happens?

Visa Waiver Program travelers who have not obtained approval through ESTA should expect to be denied boarding on any air carrier bound for the United States. If you are allowed to board, you can expect to encounter significant delays and possible denial of admission at the U.S. port of entry (i.e., arrival airport). ESTA registration usually only takes a few minutes to complete, authorization often arrives in seconds, and it is valid for two years, unless the traveler’s passport expires within that two-year period. In those cases, ESTA validity is limited to the passport’s validity.

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Q.5 If I am a third-country national living in Ukraine, can I apply for a nonimmigrant visa in Kyiv?

Applicants are generally advised to apply in their country of nationality or residence. Any person who is legally present in Ukraine may apply for a visa in Kyiv. However, applicants should decide where to apply based on more than just convenience or delay in getting an appointment in their home district. One thing to consider, for example, is in which consular district the applicant can demonstrate the strongest ties.

There is no guarantee that a visa will be issued, nor is there a guarantee of processing time. If refused, there is no refund of the application fee.

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Q.6 Do all nonimmigrant visa applicants have to come to the Embassy for an interview?

Yes, for most applicants. There are only a few exceptions to the interview requirement. The following applicants generally do not have to appear in person:

  • Applicants for A1, A2 (official travelers on central government business), C2, C3 (central government officials in transit on central government business) or G1, G2, G3, G4 (central government officials traveling in connection with an international organization, or employees of an international organization)
  • Children under the age of 14 and adults over the age of 79.
  • In some cases, applicants who are renewing a prior visa can reapply without appearing at the Embassy..

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Q.7 I have a nonimmigrant visa that will expire soon and I would like to renew it. Do I need to go through the whole visa application process again?

Each nonimmigrant visa application is a separate process. You must apply in the normal manner, even if you had a visa before and even if your current nonimmigrant visa is still valid. However, in some instances applicants with prior visas may reapply without appearing at the Embassy.

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Q.8 My passport has expired, but the U.S. visa in it is still valid. Do I need to apply for a new visa?

The U.S. visa is valid until the expiration date printed on the visa (unless it has been cancelled by a U.S. officer).  You may use the visa and a new passport together if the passport containing the visa has expired or will expire soon.  Any difference in the name transliteration in two passports will not affect the visa validity.  However, the nationality indicated on the visa must match the nationality of the new passport. Also, the passport containing the visa must be complete and whole.  Removing a visa from a passport invalidates the visa, as does destruction of the biographic page or significant damage to other pages of the passport.

Visas cannot be transferred from one passport to another.  If an applicant wishes to have a visa placed in a new passport, she or he must apply again for a visa.  This new application is subject to the same fees and requirements as any new visa.  For more information please visit this website.

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Q.9 I have dual citizenship. Which passport should I use to travel to the United States?

If one of your nationalities is not U.S., you can apply using whichever nationality you prefer, but you must disclose all nationalities to the Embassy on your application form. U.S. citizens, even dual citizens/nationals, must enter and depart the United States using a U.S. passport.

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Q.10 How can I extend my visa?

The validity of a visa cannot be extended regardless of its type. You will need to apply for a new visa.

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Q.11 Must I submit my visa application form electronically?

Yes, you must complete the DS-160 and bring a printed copy of the the DS-160 confirmation page with you when you go for your interview at the U.S. Embassy.

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Q.12 What is "administrative processing?"

Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after your interview with a consular officer. You are advised of this possibility when they apply. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview. This web page on the Consular Affairs website has more information about administrative processing.

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Q.13 How do I read and understand my visa?

As soon as you receive your visa, check to make sure all your personal information printed on the visa is correct. If any of the information on your visa does not match the information in your passport or is otherwise incorrect, please contact the issuing authority (i.e. the U.S. Embassy) immediately.

The expiration date of your visa is the last day you may use the visa to enter the United States. It does not indicate how long you may stay in the United States. Your stay is determined by the Department of Homeland Security at your port of entry. As long as you comply with the Department of Homeland Security decision on the conditions of your stay, you should have no problem.

Further information about interpreting your visa can be found at the Department of State's Consular Affairs website.

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Q.14 My visa will expire while I am in the United States. Is there a problem with that?

No. You may stay in the United States for the period of time and conditions authorized by the Department of Homeland Security officer when you arrived in the United States, which will be noted on the I-94, even if your visa expires during your stay. You can find more information here

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Q.15 What will happen when I enter the U.S.?

Your airline should give you a blank Customs Declaration form 6059B. Only one Customs Declaration is required for a family traveling together.

A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States, but allows a foreign citizen coming from abroad to travel to a U.S. port of entry and request permission to enter the United States. The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have authority to permit or deny admission to the United States, and determine how long a traveler may stay. At the port of entry, upon granting entry to the United States, the Customs and Border Protection officer will determine the length of stay permitted. Previously, travelers received a paper I-94 (record of admission) with this information. This process is now automated, with some exceptions. The traveler will be provided with a CBP admission stamp on their travel document that shows the date of admission, class of admission, and admitted-until date. Learn more on the CBP Website.  If a traveler needs a copy of their I-94 for verification of alien registration, immigration status or employment authorization, it can be obtained from www.cbp.gov/I94. You can review information about admission on the CBP Website.

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Q.16 I did not turn in my I-94 when I left the United States. What should I do?

Previously, foreign travelers granted entry by CBP officials received a paper Form I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record). This process is now automated, with some exceptions.  If you received a paper Form I-94 or I-94W and failed to turn in your paper Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record to the commercial airline or CBP when you departed the U.S., see the CBP Website for instructions. Do not send your paper Form I-94 or I-94W to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General.

If you received an admissions stamp in your passport instead of a paper Form I-94 when granted entry, the I-94 record was created electronically, and a paper copy was not provided to you. CBP will record your departure from the U.S. electronically.

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Q.17 I have questions on submitting my DS-160 and printing the confirmation page. Where can I go for more information?

Our call center is unable to provide assistance on the application form. Any inquiries on completing the DS-160 can be addressed on the following website, http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/forms/ds-160--online-nonimmigrant-visa-application/frequently-asked-questions.html.

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Q.18 I want to book my travel as far in advance as possible. When should I book my travel tickets for?

Applicants are strongly advised not to book their travel until after they receive their passport and new visa. The best way to avoid the unpleasant circumstance of having bought an airplane ticket only to find out that the visa was refused, or that you will need to go through the costly process of changing your tickets to another travel date, is to wait until after your visa arrives.

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Q.19 I'm a U.S. citizen and I would like to invite my friends to visit. What do I need to do?

You may provide a letter of invitation or support, though it is not required. However, this cannot guarantee visa issuance to a foreign national friend, relative or student. Visa applicants must qualify for visa on their own merits, not on the basis of an American sponsor's assurance. Helpful letters of invitation should include an explanation of the inviting party’s relationship with the applicant, what the applicant plans to do during the visit, the applicant’s intended length of stay, and what the inviting party understands the applicant's family, economic, and overall situation in Ukraine to be. Evidence of the inviting party’s legal status in the U.S. (a copy of a U.S. passport, USCIS certificate of naturalization, legal permanent resident card, or U.S. visa) is also very helpful. The supporting documents should neither be notarized nor translated. All documents should be faxed, mailed, or emailed to the applicant directly. We encourage U.S. citizens to provide any visa applicant they are inviting to the U.S. with letters of invitation or any other relevant information in advance of the applicant's interview so that the applicant may present them at the time of the interview.

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Q.20 I have a scheduled appointment for a visa interview. I need to reschedule it for a different date and time. How do I do that?

If you need help with your visa application/rescheduling appointment, please contact our call-center. Email: To reach a customer service representative via email, please write to support-ukraine@ustraveldocs.com. Telephone: Please contact a customer service representative using one of these telephone numbers:

Callers in Ukraine - Call +380 44 383 8066

Callers in the United States - Call 703 988 7107 Skype:

To use Skype to speak to a customer service representative from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., please add a new contact to your Skype account with the Skype name ustraveldocs-ukraine. Please note applicants are limited to the number of times they can reschedule their appointments. Plan accordingly so that you are not required to pay another visa application fee.

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Q.21 I will have to travel to the U.S. on XXXX (date). What is the earliest possible date to apply for a tourist visa?

Nonimmigrant visa applicants are encouraged to apply at least three months in advance of the intended date of travel. The earlier you book your appointment, the more likely you are to be able to get the interview date and time you want.

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Q.22 I plan to travel to the U.S. with my 2 y.o. child. Do I have to pay the same application fee for my child as for myself? Do all children have to appear in person for their appointments?

Yes, you have to pay for your child the same application fee. No, only children aged 14 and older are required to appear in person for their visa interview (to go through fingerprint scanning). Also, children of any age applying for F1 or M1 visas are required to appear for their interviews in person.

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Q.23 If I am a third-country national living in Ukraine, can I apply for a nonimmigrant visa in Kyiv?

Applicants are generally advised to apply in their country of nationality or residence. Any person who is legally present in Ukraine may apply for a visa in Kyiv. However, applicants should decide where to apply based on more than just convenience or delay in getting an appointment in their home district. One thing to consider, for example, is in which consular district applicants can demonstrate the strongest ties with the country of residence (where they actually submit their visa application).

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Q.24 How long can I stay in the U.S. on a tourist or business visa?

A U.S. nonimmigrant visa grants you permission to travel to a Port of Entry (airport/seaport) in the United States. When you arrive at your destination Port of Entry, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer who processes your entry will determine the length of time that you may remain in the country. You may travel to the Port of Entry during the validity of your nonimmigrant visa up to and including the last day that the visa is valid. The visa duration does not determine the length of time that you may legally remain in the United States; only the Customs and Border Protection officer can decide this upon your arrival in the United States.

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Q.25 I will stay in the United States for a couple of hours and take a flight to another country. I will not even leave the airport. Do I need to apply for a visa?

Yes, all travelers in transit through the United States need to have a valid C1 visa (transit visa).

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Q.26 What documents do I need for my visa to be approved?

The only documents required at your visa interview are your one-page DS-160 confirmation page with barcode and your passport. Applicants are welcome to present whatever information they feel demonstrates that they have strong economic, family or professional ties in their country of residence. The consular officer will request to view such documents at his or her discretion. Since each applicant's situation is different, there is no "set" of documents that you can present that will guarantee visa issuance

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Q.27 I have a valid U.S. visa. This year I plan to travel with my child, who is registered in my passport. Does s/he need a visa or would my visa be enough?

Every person (including children of any age) requires a visa to travel to the U.S. You will need to fill out the application form DS-160 online for your child and pay the $160 visa application fee. If your child’s visa is approved, that visa will be placed in your passport. Please note, for children under 16 one of the parents or accompanying persons should be present at the visa interview with their passports. In addition, it’s required to bring the completed application materials and the child’s travel document, as well as an original or copy of the child’s birth certificate. For detailed information on our nonimmigrant visa application procedures please visit our website at:http://ukraine.usembassy.gov/.

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Q.28 Do Ukrainian citizens need to have a medical insurance when visiting the U.S.?

No, we do not require our visa applicants to present the proof of purchasing medical insurance at the visa interview. Every visa applicant needs to decide for him/herself if he/she would like to have medical insurance during the trip. The required documents are listed on our website at http://ukraine.usembassy.gov/.

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Q.29 My passport with a valid tourist visa was stolen. Is there any special application procedure for such cases?

If your passport with a United States visa was stolen, or you lost it, first of all you should report the incident to the police. Next, you need to complete a Lost and Stolen Passport form, available below, print it and email the form with a copy of the police report to the Consular Section. Click here for form. Mail to Kyiv Consular Section: KyivFPM@state.gov You are welcome to use the Renewal procedure and Renewal by mail procedure, depending on your qualifications. However, please note that in order to use these procedures, applicants must meet all the requirements. Please do not forget to include the police report into the application package. For detailed information on our nonimmigrant visa application procedures please visit our website at:http://ukraine.usembassy.gov/.

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Q.30 My visa will expire while I am in the United States. Is there a problem with that?

No. If the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection Immigration Officer at the port of entry (generally an airport) admitted you into the United States for a specific period of time, s/he will note your authorized period of stay on your I-94 card, called an Arrival Departure Record. You will be able to remain in the United States during your authorized period of stay, even if your visa expires during the time you are in the United States. Since Form I-94 documents your authorized stay and is the official record of your permission to be in the U.S., it is very important to keep it inside your passport.

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Q.31 If I receive a multiple-entry nonimmigrant visa for 5 years, how many times during the calendar year can I travel to the United States? And how long can I stay in the U.S.?

A multiple-entry visa allows a person to travel to the U.S. several times within the period of the visa's validity. However, the number of days spent on the territory of the U.S. during the calendar year should not exceed the total of 180 days. At the point of entry to the U.S., an immigration officer will indicate how long the visa holder is permitted to stay in the country. If a visa type does not allow long-term stay in the U.S., extensive and frequent travel to the U.S. may raise questions about the visa holder's intent to maintain permanent residence in Ukraine. Such trips may negatively affect his/her ability to obtain a new visa to the U.S.

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Q.32 I am aware that the International Civil Aviation Authority Organization (ICAO) is requiring that Member States end the circulation of all non-machine readable passports by November 24, 2015. I hold a non-machine readable passport. Will it still be valid for visa issuing purposes after November 24, 2015?

Yes, your passport will be valid for issuing a U.S. visa. Under the U.S. law, a machine readable passport is NOT required for visa issuing purposes. As long as an applicant presents a valid passport, a visa can be placed in it. An MRP is a passport which has a machine readable zone (MRZ) printed in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. It can be read manually and with the use of a machine. An ePassport (biometric passport), on the other hand, has an embedded Integrated Circuit (IC) chip where the photograph and personal information of the bearer are stored in accordance with ICAO specifications. This information can be read by chip readers at a close distance.

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Q.33 I want to book my travel as far in advance as possible. When should I book/buy my tickets?

Applicants are strongly advised not to make any final travel arrangements and purchase tickets until they have received their passport with visa. In addition, possession of pre-paid and/or return airline tickets to the U. S. will not be a factor in the Consular Officer’s decision to issue/deny you a visa. Your visa may be refused or delayed, and this may cause inconveniences, if you have already paid for your trip. Therefore, it is recommended to wait until your visa arrives.

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Q.34 I am a U.S. citizen inviting my friend/relative to visit the U.S. I traveled to Ukraine to assist him/her with all the arrangements for this visit. I would like to come in on the date of the visa interview and be there with friend/relative to assist and answer any questions about the visit should such arise during the visa interview. Can I do that?

The visa interview is between the officer and the applicant only. No third party should be present unless specifically asked to be present by the Consular Section. If you are in need of a separate consular service, you must schedule an appointment at http://ukraine.usembassy.gov/service/acs-appointments.html. Should a U.S. citizen encounter any problems or find him/herself in danger during their stay in Ukraine, they should call and arrange their visit to the U.S. Embassy (http://ukraine.usembassy.gov/emrg-contact.html).

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FAQ - Visa Refusals

  1. What is Section 214(b)?
  2. How can an applicant prove "strong ties?"
  3. Is a denial under Section 214(b) permanent?
  4. Who can influence the consular officer to reverse a decision?
  5. Why did the consular officer refuse me without even looking at all my documents?

The United States is an open society. Unlike many other countries, the United States does not impose internal controls on most visitors, such as registration with local authorities. Our immigration law requires consular officers to view every visa applicant as an intending immigrant until the applicant proves otherwise. In order to enjoy the privilege of unencumbered travel in the United States, you have a responsibility to prove you are going to return abroad before a visitor or student visa is issued.

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Q.1 What Is Section 214(b)?

Section 214(b) is part of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). It states:

Every alien shall be presumed to be an immigrant until he establishes to the satisfaction of the consular officer, at the time of application for admission, that he is entitled to a nonimmigrant status...

Our consular officers have a difficult job. They must decide in a very short time if someone is qualified to receive a temporary visa. Most cases are decided after a brief interview and review of whatever evidence of ties an applicant presents. To qualify for a visitor or student visa, an applicant must meet the requirements of sections 101(a)(15)(B) or (F) of the INA respectively. Failure to do so will result in a refusal of a visa under INA 214(b). The most frequent basis for such a refusal concerns the requirement that the prospective visitor or student possess a residence abroad he/she has no intention of abandoning. Applicants prove the existence of such residence by demonstrating that they have ties abroad that would compel them to leave the United States at the end of the temporary stay. The law places this burden of proof on the applicant.

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Q.2 How can an applicant prove "strong ties?"

Strong ties differ from country to country, city to city, and individual to individual. Some examples of ties can be a job, a house, a family, a bank account. "Ties" are the various aspects of your life that bind you to your country of residence: your possessions, employment, social and family relationships.

Imagine your own ties in the country where you live. Would a consular office of another country consider that you have a residence there that you do not intend to abandon? It is likely that the answer would be "yes" if you have a job, a family, if you own or rent a house or apartment, or if you have other commitments that would require you to return to your country at the conclusion of a visit abroad. Each person's situation is different.

U.S. consular officers are aware of this diversity. During the visa interview they look at each application individually and consider professional, social, cultural and other factors. In cases of younger applicants who may not have had an opportunity to form many ties, consular officers may look at the applicants specific intentions, family situations, and long-range plans and prospects within his or her country of residence. Each case is examined individually and is accorded every consideration under the law.

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Q.3 Is a denial under Section 214(b) permanent?

No. The consular officer will reconsider a case if an applicant can show further convincing evidence of ties outside the United States. Unfortunately, some applicants will not qualify for a nonimmigrant visa, regardless of how many times they reapply, until their personal, professional, and financial circumstances change considerably.

An applicant refused under Section 214(b) should review carefully their situation and realistically evaluate their ties. They may write down on paper what qualifying ties they think they have which may not have been evaluated at the time of their interview with the consular officer. Also, if they have been refused, they should review what documents were submitted for the consul to consider. Applicants refused visas under section 214(b) may reapply for a visa. When they do, they will have to show further evidence of their ties or how their circumstances have changed since the time of the original application. It may help to answer the following questions before reapplying: (1) Did I explain my situation accurately? (2) Did the consular officer overlook something? (3) Is there any additional information I can present to establish my residence and strong ties abroad?

Applicants should also bear in mind that they will be charged a nonrefundable application fee each time they apply for a visa, regardless of whether a visa is issued.

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Q.4 Who can influence the consular officer to reverse a decision?

Immigration law delegates the responsibility for issuance or refusal of visas to consular officers overseas. They have the final say on all visa cases. By regulation, the U.S. Department of State has authority to review consular decisions, but this authority is limited to the interpretation of law, as contrasted to determinations of facts. The question at issue in such denials, whether an applicant possesses the required residence abroad, is a factual one. Therefore, it falls exclusively within the authority of consular officers at our Foreign Service posts to resolve. An applicant can influence the post to change a prior visa denial only through the presentation of new convincing evidence of strong ties.

For information about visa ineligibilities other than 214(b), please visit the Department of State's Consular Affairs website.

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Q.5 Why did the consular officer refuse me without even looking at all my documents?

The consular officer examines your application and passport when you are called to the window for an interview. That information, along with the information obtained during the interview, is usually sufficient for a decision to be made. If an officer believes that a document (such as a letter from your employer or inviter) will be informative, he or she will request it. It is important to note that documents presented are only one of many factors consular officers consider when determining an applicant's eligibility for a non-immigrant visa. It is known that many documents in "visa packages" are either fraudulent or exist for the purpose of the visa interview alone, and thus are dubious in their authenticity.

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FAQ - Business/Tourist Visa

  1. How long can I stay in the U.S. on a tourist or business visa?
  2. My visitor visa (B-1/B-2) expires after my intended date of arrival in the U.S. Do I need to get a new visa before departure?
  3. My U.S. visa will expire in the next 6 months. Do I need to apply for a new visa after my current visa expires or can I apply in advance?
  4. I changed my name. Is my U.S. visa with my old name still valid?
  5. My current U.S. visa was issued to me when I was working in my previous job. Now I have changed to a new job at a new company and my new employer wants me to attend a conference in the United States, scheduled for next month. Can I use the same visa or do I have to apply for a new visa?
  6. My child is studying in the United States. Can I go live with him/her?
  7. How should I submit the supporting documents for my B1/B2 visa case? Do I need to translate and/or notarize them?
  8. My girlfriend and I are thinking about getting married, but I want to take her to the U.S. to meet my family before we decide. What kind of visa should she get?
  9. Should I translate my supporting documents into English and notarize the translations when applying for a B1/B2 visa? Additionally, do applicants need to present proof of medical insurance at the time of a visa interview?

Q.1 How long can I stay in the U.S. on a tourist or business visa?

A U.S. nonimmigrant visa grants you permission to travel to a Port of Entry (airport/seaport) in the United States. When you arrive at your destination Port of Entry, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer who processes your entry will determine the length of time that you may remain in the country. You may travel to the Port of Entry during the validity of your nonimmigrant visa up to and including the last day the visa is valid. The visa duration does not determine the length of time that you may legally remain in the United States; only the Customs and Border Protection officer can decide this upon your arrival in the United States.

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Q.2 My visitor visa (B-1/B-2) expires after my intended date of arrival in the U.S. Do I need to get a new visa before departure?

You can arrive in the U.S. right up to the last date of validity indicated on the visa. The Customs and Border Protection officer on arrival determines the duration of your stay in the U.S. Your visa can expire while you are still in the U.S. – just be sure that you do not overstay the period of time the officer grants.

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Q.3 My U.S. visa will expire in the next 6 months. Do I need to apply for a new visa after my current visa expires or can I apply in advance?

You do not have to wait until your current visa expires. You can apply for a new visa even if your current visa is valid.

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Q.4 I changed my name. Is my U.S. visa with my old name still valid?

If your name has legally changed through marriage, divorce, or a court ordered name change, you will need to obtain a new passport. Once you have a new passport, the Department of State recommends that you apply for a new U.S. visa to make it easier for you to travel to and from the United States.

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Q.5 My current U.S. visa was issued to me when I was working in my previous job. Now I have changed to a new job at a new company and my new employer wants me to attend a conference in the United States, scheduled for next month. Can I use the same visa or do I have to apply for a new visa?

You can travel to the United States on the same visa as long as your visa is valid for business or pleasure.

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Q.6 My child is studying in the United States. Can I go live with him/her?

While you can use your own B-1/B-2 visa (or travel under the Visa Waiver Program, if eligible) to visit your child, you may not live with your child unless you have your own immigrant, work, or student visa.

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Q.7 How should I submit the supporting documents for my B1/B2 visa case? Do I need to translate and/or notarize them?

Applicants should submit all supporting documents at the time of visa interview. Applicants do not need to translate the documents into English or notarize the translations.

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Q.8 My girlfriend and I are thinking about getting married, but I want to take her to the U.S. to meet my family before we decide. What kind of visa should she get?

You have two very distinct choices: a) she can apply for a tourist visa (B1/B2) or b) she can apply for a fiance visa (K1). If she applies for a tourist visa (B1/B2), she must qualify on her own merits as a short-term traveler who does not intend to abandon her residence abroad. Depending on the applicant, the fact that a traveler is in a relationship or engaged to a U.S. citizen may in fact indicate immigrant intent. Applying for a fiance visa (K1) takes longer and is more expensive, but has a greater chance of being issued if and when the relationship is determined to be bona fide. We review such cases with the understanding that many applicants attempt to use the B1/B2 visa to circumvent the lengthier K1 visa process.

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Q.9 Should I translate my supporting documents into English and notarize the translations when applying for a B1/B2 visa? Additionally, do applicants need to present proof of medical insurance at the time of a visa interview?

Applicants do not need to translate supporting documents into English or notarize the translations to receive a tourist visa. Consular officers speak Ukrainian and Russian. As for medical insurance, proof of medical insurance is not required to receive a tourist visa. Applicants themselves should make the decision whether to purchase medical insurance.

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FAQ - Work Visa

  1. What is a petition?
  2. Can I get a visa to do casual work?
  3. Is there an age limit for applying for a temporary work visa?
  4. Can my U.S.-based relative sponsor me for a work visa?
  5. When can I enter the United States?
  6. Who pays the Fraud Prevention and Detection fee and when do they pay it?

Q.1 What is a petition?

Before applying for a temporary worker visa at the U.S. Embassy, you must have an approved Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, from USCIS. This petition must be submitted by your prospective employer no earlier than 6 months prior to your proposed employment start date. Your employer should file the petition as soon as possible within the 6-month period to allow adequate time for processing. Once approved, your employer will be sent Form I-797, Notice of Action. For more information, visit the USCIS Temporary Workers webpage.

Note: To verify your petition's approval the Embassy needs your I-129 petition receipt number, along with your approved Form I-797. Please bring both of these to your interview.

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Q.2 Can I get a visa to do casual work?

No. There is no visa that covers casual work. All applicants who plan to work in the United States must have an approved petition prior to their visa appointment.

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Q.3 Is there an age limit for applying for a temporary work visa?

No.

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Q.4 Can my U.S.-based relative sponsor me for a work visa?

No. Only your employer can sponsor you.

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Q.5 When can I enter the United States?

You may not enter the United States until 10 days prior to your employment start date, as noted on your Form I-797 or on your offer of employment letter.

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Q.6 Who pays the Fraud Prevention and Detection fee and when do they pay it?

An applicant for an L-1 visa traveling on a blanket petition must pay the Fraud Prevention and Detection fee. On individual L, H-1B and H-2B petitions, the U.S. petitioner pays the Fraud Prevention and Detection fee to USCIS when the petition is filed.

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FAQ - Student Visa

  1. What is an I-20 and how do I get it?
  2. How early should I apply for my student visa?
  3. I received my visa, when should I travel?
  4. Can a person on a visitor visa change his/her status to student while in the United States if he/she gains admission to a school and gets a Form I-20?
  5. What if I receive an I-20 to a different school?
  6. I was working as an H-1B and have now been admitted to a university as an F-1. Do I need to return to my country to apply for a student visa?
  7. Can an F-1 student work in the United States?
  8. What is the SEVIS system and how does it affect me?
  9. I am a Ukrainian citizen currently studying in the U.S. I lost my passport with my F-1 student visa. What should I do to get a new passport and a new visa?

Q.1 What is an I-20 and how do I get it?

The Form I-20 is an official U.S. Government form, issued by a certified school, which a prospective nonimmigrant student must have in order to get an F-1 or M-1 visa. Form I-20 acts as proof-of-acceptance and contains the information necessary to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee, apply for a visa or change visa status, and be admitted into the United States. The Form I-20 has the student's SEVIS identification number, which starts with the letter N and is followed by nine digits, on the upper righthand side directly above the barcode.

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Q.2 How early should I apply for my student visa?

You are encouraged to apply for your nonimmigrant student visa as soon as you have your I-20. To ensure you get an early and timely date you may apply at anytime. However, a student visa may be issued no more than 120 days prior to the start date mentioned on your I-20.

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Q.3 I received my visa, when should I travel?

For your initial entry, you may only enter the United States within 30 days of the beginning of the course of study stated on your I-20, regardless of when your visa was issued.

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Q.4 Can a person on a visitor visa change his/her status to student while in the United States if he/she gains admission to a school and gets a Form I-20?

Yes. In general, you may apply to change your nonimmigrant visa status if you were lawfully admitted to the United States with a nonimmigrant visa, if your nonimmigrant status remains valid, if you have not violated the conditions of your status, and you have not committed any actions that would make you ineligible. For more details, please visit the USCIS website.

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Q.5 What if I receive an I-20 to a different school?

If you received an I-20 after scheduling your appointment, then you can inform the U.S. consular officer of the new I-20 at the time of the interview.

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Q.6 I was working as an H-1B and have now been admitted to a university as an F-1. Do I need to return to my country to apply for a student visa?

No. Once you are in the United States, you do not need to apply for a new visa because the visa is only for entry into the United States. Check with USCIS to determine if you need to adjust status. If you leave the country, however, you'll need to apply for the student visa in order to re-enter the United States.

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Q.7 Can an F-1 student work in the United States?

Full-time students on F visas may seek on-campus employment not to exceed 20 hours per week. After the first year in student status, an applicant may apply for employment off campus with authorization from USCIS. Please contact your student advisor for further information.

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Q.8 What is the SEVIS system and how does it affect me?

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) program requires schools and exchange programs to verify the enrollment status of all new and continuing foreign students and exchange visitors. Student visa applicants are required to pay a SEVIS fee before a visa can be issued. The SEVIS website has more details.

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Q.9 I am a Ukrainian citizen currently studying in the U.S. I lost my passport with my F-1 student visa. What should I do to get a new passport and a new visa?

You should refer this issue to the closest Ukrainian Embassy or consulate in the U.S., which is the passport issuing authority for any Ukrainian citizen, residing in that area. Also, if you wish you can apply for a new visa upon returning to Ukraine.

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FAQ - Exchange Visitor Visa

  1. I received my visa, when should I travel?
  2. What is the SEVIS system and how does it affect me?
  3. What is the "two-year rule?"
  4. Can the two-year rule be waived?

Q.1 I received my visa, when should I travel?

Exchange visitors may only enter the United States within 30 days of the beginning of the program, as stated on your Form DS-2019, regardless of when your visa was issued.

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Q.2 What is the SEVIS system and how does it affect me?

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) program requires schools and exchange programs to verify the enrollment status of all new and continuing foreign students and exchange visitors. Exchange visitor visa applicants are required to pay a SEVIS fee before a visa can be issued.The SEVIS website has more details.

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Q.3 What is the "two-year rule?"

The "two-year rule" is the common term used for a section of U.S. immigration law which requires many exchange visitors to return to their home countries and be physically present there for at least two years after the conclusion of their exchange visit before they can return to the United States under certain types of visas, specifically H-1, L-1, K-1 and immigrant visas. It is important to note that only a preliminary finding of whether the two-year rule applies to you is made on your DS-2019 when your J-1 visa is issued. The final decision will be made only if you later choose to apply for an H-1, L-1, K-1, or immigrant visa.

J-1 visa holders subject to the two-year rule are not permitted to remain in the United States and apply for an adjustment/change of status to a prohibited nonimmigrant status (for example, from a J-1 visa to an H-1 visa) or to apply for legal permanent resident status (Green Card) without first returning home for two years or obtaining an approved waiver. Whether you are subject to the two-year rule is determined by a number of factors, including your source of funding and your country's "Skills List."" It is not determined by the amount of time you spend in the United States.

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Q.4 Can the two-year rule be waived?

Possibly. Only the Department of State's Visa Office can grant waivers of the two-year rule. The Visa Office is also the final authority on whether you are subject to the rule, regardless of what is annotated in your passport. If you are subject to the two-year rule, you may be able to obtain a waiver. Even if you are subject to the two-year rule, you may still qualify for a tourist visa or any other nonimmigrant visa except those noted above.

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FAQ - Transit/Ship Crew Visa

  1. I plan to stop in the United States for a day and take a flight to another country on the next day. Do I need to apply for C-1 visa or a B-1/B-2 visa?

Q.1 I plan to stop in the United States for a day and take a flight to another country on the next day. Do I need to apply for C-1 visa or a B-1/B-2 visa?

If you seek layover privileges for purposes other than transiting through the United States, such as to visit friends or for sightseeing, then you must qualify for and obtain the type of visa required for that purpose, such as a B-2 visa.

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FAQ - Religious Worker Visa

  1. I am applying for a religious worker visa, but do not have an approved petition. I have been to the United States previously with an R-1 visa and was not required to have the petition. Can I apply for an R-1 visa without the petition since I had an R-1 visa in the past?

Q.1 I am applying for a religious worker visa, but do not have an approved petition. I have been to the United States previously with an R-1 visa and was not required to have the petition. Can I apply for an R-1 visa without the petition since I had an R-1 visa in the past?

The requirement for an approved petition went into effect November 28, 2008. All applicants applying for an R-1 nonimmigrant visa are required to have an approved petition from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). For more information, please visit the USCIS website.

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FAQ - Track My Passport

  1. Why only one passport per envelope? Why no family discounts?
  2. How will I get my passport back after the interview?
  3. What do I need to show to pick up the passport at the courier location?
  4. What types of ID are acceptable as proof-of-identity?
  5. Can someone besides me pick up my passport?
  6. Do I have to pay any fees for courier services?
  7. I cannot remember my passport pick up location?
  8. What happens if I do not pick up my passport within 15 calendar days of its arrival at the TMM Express Document Delivery Center that I selected?
  9. Can I call-in TMM courier home/office to send my documents to the Embassy?

Q.1 Why only one passport per envelope? Why no family discounts?

There is no additional charge for the courier to return your passport to TMM Express locations. All costs are included in your visa application fee. The courier's security and safety rules require separate tracking of every passport. If you chose Premium Delivery, there is a service fee: UAH 60 (per one passport) within Zone 1 of cities of Ukraine and UAH 200 (per one passport) for other cities of Ukraine which are not included in the list of Zone 1.

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Q.2 How will I get my passport back after the interview?

Your passport will be delivered by courier to the address you indicated when you scheduled your appointment. Depending on your choice, TMM Express courier company, can deliver to your home/office (UAH 60 (per one passport) within Zone 1 of cities of Ukraine and UAH 200 (per one passport) for other cities of Ukraine which are not included in the list of Zone 1) or, at no additional charge, can hold your passport at a local TMM Express office for pickup.

Delivery generally takes 2-3 business days if you live in the same city where you had your visa interview and a day longer if you live elsewhere. The TMM Express courier will contact you before the delivery if you choose Premium Delivery, and will contact you when your passport is ready to be picked up at a TMM Express location if you choose this option. Please note that TMM Express will make only a limited number of attempts to deliver the passport(s) to your home/office address. After it your passport will be returned to the Embassy and you will then be contacted by the Consulate to determine how your passport can be returned to you.

Please note if you choose Pick up option, TMM Express will only hold passports for 10 business days from the date that you receive confirmation that your passport has arrived at the pickup location. You will be notified by email that your passport is ready for pickup. You will receive three email messages and one phone call. If it is not picked up before the 11th day, your passport will be returned to the Embassy in Kyiv. It will then be your responsibility to make private arrangements to have the passport delivered to you at your expense. Once you have made these arrangements, please ask the courier company to contact the Embassy to coordinate pick up.

If you want to change the delivery option, you may do so until midnight of the day of your appointment. If you are planning urgent travel, the courier location closest to the location of your interview may result in a faster pick-up time. The cost of the courier service to a TMM location for pickup is included in the visa application fee.

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Q.3 What do I need to show to pick up the passport at the courier location?

In order to ensure that your passport and visa are not given to an unauthorized person, you must present a government-issued photo ID for identification when you collect your passport. You must also sign for all documents handed over to you by the courier.

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Q.4 What types of ID are acceptable as proof-of-identity?

You must present an original government-issued photo ID.

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Q.5 Can someone besides me pick up my passport?

Yes. However, your representative - even in case of family members - must present the following in order to collect your passport: If a representative is collecting your passport from the document collection office or from a TMM Express courier on your behalf - even in case of family members - the representative must present:

1) A representative of an applicant over the age of 16 (including family members) must present:

  • The representative’s original internal Ukrainian passport.  Third country nationals should submit government /university issued photo identification. 
  • A photocopy of the applicant’s internal Ukrainian passport or third country national government/university issued photo identification.
  • An authorization letter, signed by the applicant, permitting the applicant’s representative to collect the passport.

The authorization letter must contain the following information:

  • The representative's full name and number of internal Ukrainian passport or third country national government /university issued photo identification.
  • The applicant’s name and signature.

2) If an applicant is under the age of 16, the following documents are required by the parent or guardian:

  • The parent’s or guardian’s original internal Ukrainian passport.  Third country nationals should submit government / university issued photo identification. 
  • A photocopy of the birth certificate of the applicant.
  • The original document confirming guardianship (birth certificate, court decision, etc.)

3) A representative identified by the parent or guardian of an applicant under the age of 16 must present:

  • The representative’s original internal Ukrainian passport.  Third country nationals should submit government /university issued photo identification. 
  • A photocopy of the birth certificate of the applicant.
  • A signed authorization letter by the parent or guardian.
  • A photocopy of the internal Ukrainian passport or third country national government/university issued photo identification of the parent or guardian who signed the authorization letter.
  • A photocopy of the guardian’s document confirming guardianship. (birth certificate, court decision, etc.)

       The authorization letter must contain the following information:

  • The representative’s full name and number of internal Ukrainian passport or third country national government/university issued photo identification.
  • The parent’s or guardian’s name and signature.

Note: In case of a group/family, a single signed authorization letter will be accepted.  The group authorization letter must contain the full name, signature and number of the internal Ukrainian passport or third country national government/university issued photo identification for whom the representative wishes to retrieve the passport.  A photocopy of the internal Ukrainian passport or third country national photo identification for each applicant should be attached to the single authorization letter.

4) representative of a group of children from an orphanage must present:

  • The representative’s internal Ukrainian passport. Third country nationals should submit government/university issued photo identification. 
  • An authorization letter signed and stamped by the director of the orphanage containing the full name of the applicant and number of the travel document to be retrieved.
  • A photocopy of the internal Ukrainian passport belonging to the director of the orphanage who signed the applicant’s authorization letter.

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Q.6 Do I have to pay any fees for courier services?

It depends on which option you choose. If you prefer Premium Delivery service to your home or office, the fees are: UAH 60 (per one passport) within Zone 1 of cities of Ukraine and UAH 200 (per one passport) for other cities of Ukraine which are not included in the list of Zone 1 for each passport paid to TMM Express on delivery. If you wish to pick up your passport from one of TMM Express locations, there are no additional costs since they are included in your visa application or immigrant visa fee.

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Q.7 I cannot remember my passport pick up location?

The pickup location which you have chosen while scheduling your appointment is available on your appointment confirmation letter and on the home page in your online profile.

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Q.8 What happens if I do not pick up my passport within 15 calendar days of its arrival at the TMM Express Document Delivery Center that I selected?

You will be notified by email that your passport is ready for pickup. You will receive three email messages and one phone call. If it is not picked up before the 16th day, your passport will be returned to the Embassy in Kyiv. It will then be your responsibility to make private arrangements to have the passport delivered to you at your expense. Once you have made these arrangements, please ask the courier company to contact the Embassy to coordinate pick up.

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Q.9 Can I call-in TMM courier home/office to send my documents to the Embassy?

No.

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FAQ - Application Profile

  1. How do I reset my password?
  2. What should I do if I move to another country after I have registered my profile on www.ustraveldocs.com and did not apply yet for my visa, or if I want to submit a new visa application in another country than my previous application?

Q.1 How do I reset my password?

Click the Forgot Your Password? link at the bottom of this web page. Enter your email address in the Username field and click Submit. The email address you type must match the email address you used when you began your visa application. A new password will be sent to your email address.

Note: The email with your new password will come from no-reply@ustraveldocs.com. Some email applications have rules which filter unknown senders into a spam or junk mail folder. If you have not received your email notification, please look for the message in your junk and spam email folders.

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Q.2 What should I do if I move to another country after I have registered my profile on www.ustraveldocs.com and did not apply yet for my visa, or if I want to submit a new visa application in another country than my previous application?

You do not need to create another profile if it is also serviced by CGI. You can simply contact us through the Contact Us section on this website http://ustraveldocs.com/ua/ua-main-contactus.asp and share your passport number, UID or email address so we can retrieve and update your profile with the new country where you plan to apply for your US Visa. If you are applying in a country that is not covered by CGI, you will be invited to create a new profile. As a reminder, MRV fee receipts paid in one country are non-transferable to the other country.

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FAQ - Immigrant Visas

  1. How can I immigrate to the U.S.? Where should I send information about myself?
  2. What are the rules of shipping pets to the United States? What documents are required at the border?
  3. Can Crimean residents who received a Russian passport, get a US visa?
  4. I have a visa interview scheduled (visa type - K1). Where can I find an accurate list of documents to be translated into English? Do I have to indicate somewhere that my American fiance will also be present during the interview?
  5. I applied for an immigration visa. Via TMM-Express I received my passport with an open visa, and all supporting documents but my young nephew accidentally opened a package of medical records. Please advise me on what to do in this case?
  6. The Additional information passage reads: "The validity of your immigration visa is a period of time during which you have the right to enter the United States for the first time, it is determined as an Expiration Date". Does this mean that I have to enter the United States before that date, or can I enter after?
  7. I got a Green Card 8 years ago. After that I lived for a while in the U.S., but was forced to return to Ukraine for family reasons and since then during 5 years I have been permanently living in Ukraine. Can I return to the United States for permanent residence, given that I still have a valid Green Card? What documents do I need for this?
  8. I am applying for a K1/K2 visa. I have temporary permission from the child's father for a trip to the United States. Is it a valid enough document to be provided to the consulate?
  9. I have a family member stranded in Lugansk that I would like to bring out of the country for a few months until the crisis is over. Are you processing passports for citizens in Lugansk? Will she be able to evacuate Lugansk until the crises is over?
  10. I am an American citizen currently applying my fiancée for a visa. I was wondering how long we have to finish the visa application?
  11. My brother’s interview for US immigrant visa is scheduled at Kyiv's US Consulate for XXXX (date). I will be in Kyiv that day. So I kindly ask your permission to attend the interview as a petitioner.
  12. I am a Ukrainian citizen, about to marry a United States citizen, we are planning to register the marriage in Ukraine. Please advise, which visa type do I need to apply for to reunite with my husband in the United States (after the marriage is registered and my husband returns to the United States)? How long can this process take?
  13. Could you please advise on whether it is possible to have a medical examination in some other Ukrainian city but Kyiv for immigrant visa?
  14. What do I do if I can not be present at my immigration visa interview?

Q.1 How can I immigrate to the U.S.? Where should I send information about myself?

There are several ways to immigrate to the U.S.:

  1. Through family relations. In this case your parents or brothers/sisters who hold the U.S. citizenship may file an I-130 immigrant petition on your behalf.
  2. Through employment. In this case an immigrant petition is filed by your U.S. employer.
  3. Through investment. In this case you are expected to invest at least 500.000 USD in the U.S. economy.
  4. Through winning a Green Card (participation in the Diversity Visa Lottery (http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/)

You can find detailed information on existing legal ways to immigrate to the U.S. either on our web site (http://ukraine.usembassy.gov/immigrant-visas.html) or on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Internet page (http://www.uscis.gov/).

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Q.2 What are the rules of shipping pets to the United States? What documents are required at the border?

The United States Embassy does not deal with issues of bringing pets outside of Ukraine and, therefore, can not advise on this. You can find some general information on the subject on our website: http://ukraine.usembassy.gov/pet-travel.html.

The travel policies of various airlines regarding the shipping of pets differ. These are only general guidelines; it is crucial that you review all considerations with the airline you plan to use. We recommend that you request written confirmation of reservations you make for pet shipment.

There are three ways you can ship your pet via the airlines:

  1. Your pet can travel on the plane with you (either in-cabin or in the cargo). In either case, your pet will be considered excess baggage and charged accordingly. Some airlines no longer offer this option. 
  2. You can book your pet on a separate flight. In this case, you will be charged the cargo rate, which is considerably more than excess baggage. Some airlines no longer offer this option. 
  3. You can have your pet shipped through a licensed commercial shipper. You will be charged the cargo rate plus the shipper's fee. Several airlines require this method unless your pet is small enough to fit in the cabin.

NOTE: As a rule, animals 100 lbs. or larger will be charged as cargo even if they travel on the same plane as you do. It is important to check with the airline if your pet is close to that weight.

Please contact the airlines you are planning to use for more information.

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Q.3 Can Crimean residents who received a Russian passport, get a US visa?

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv handles immigration and non-immigrant visas to citizens of Ukraine, in particular those living in the Crimea. We also process visa applicants of different nationalities, including Russians, while they live within our consular district.

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Q.4 I have a visa interview scheduled (visa type - K1). Where can I find an accurate list of documents to be translated into English? Do I have to indicate somewhere that my American fiance will also be present during the interview?

Documents in English, Ukrainian or Russian are submitted without translation.

The originals of any documents provided that are not in English, Ukrainian or Russian languages must be accompanied by their English translations, carried out by a qualified interpreter who is licensed to make such translations.

The presence of the petitioner during the interview is not required. If your fiance will visit interview with you, he must have a passport. You do not have to fill out any forms

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Q.5 I applied for an immigration visa. Via TMM-Express I received my passport with an open visa, and all supporting documents but my young nephew accidentally opened a package of medical records. Please advise me on what to do in this case?

If you accidentally opened the envelope, you need to send us your passport and any supporting documents by TMM-Express courier (at your own expense) or bring documents in person at the Embassy working hours for us to restore the envelope. If you will be sending the documents by TMM-Express courier, please include a letter of request to restore the accidentally opened envelope.

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Q.6 The Additional information passage reads: "The validity of your immigration visa is a period of time during which you have the right to enter the United States for the first time, it is determined as an Expiration Date". Does this mean that I have to enter the United States before that date, or can I enter after?

The validity of your visa is limited to the results of your medical examination. You have to enter the United States before the end of Expiration Date.

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Q.7 I got a Green Card 8 years ago. After that I lived for a while in the U.S., but was forced to return to Ukraine for family reasons and since then during 5 years I have been permanently living in Ukraine. Can I return to the United States for permanent residence, given that I still have a valid Green Card? What documents do I need for this?

There is a special immigrant visa SB1 created for the cases when a legal permanent resident was outside the U.S. for longer than one year.

Please note: If your reasons for being outside the U.S. for longer than one year were NOT beyond your control, it is unlikely that the visa will be issued.

To schedule the appointment the applicant will need to register at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ or call to the call center at the following numbers: 044-383-80-66 (if calling from Ukraine) and (703) 988-71-07(if calling from U.S.). The applicant will need to complete DS-117 form - Application to determine resident status. The cost of applying with this form, effective from April 13, 2012, is USD 180. After the form is completed and the supporting documents provided, the consular officer will conduct an interview to determine if he/she approves this application. If the decision is positive, the applicant will be given the instructions on what documents will be needed for an immigrant visa interview and how this interview could be scheduled. These instructions could be found on our web site (http://ukraine.usembassy.gov/visa-forms.html).

A lawful permanent resident (LPR) who has remained outside the United States for more than one year may be eligible for returning resident status if the consular officer is satisfied that:

1) The alien departed the United States with the intention of returning to an unrelinquished residence; and
2) The alien’s stay abroad was for reasons beyond the alien’s control and for which the alien was not responsible.

Documentary evidence of an alien's intent to maintain a U.S. residence may consist of, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. A driver's license issued within the past year and reflecting the same address as that recorded on the Form I-94, Arrival-Departure Record;
  2. The name and address of the U.S. employer and evidence that a salary has been paid within a reasonable period of time;
  3. Evidence of children's enrollment in a U.S. school;
  4. Evidence that extended visit abroad was caused by unforeseen circumstances;
  5. Evidence of having filed U.S. income tax return(s) for the past year(s); and 6.Evidence of property ownership, whether real or personal, in the United States.

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Q.8 I am applying for a K1/K2 visa. I have temporary permission from the child's father for a trip to the United States. Is it a valid enough document to be provided to the consulate?

We can not assess the validity of documents in advance. During the interview the consular officer will review your documents and tell you if they are enough. You must be prepared to verify the right to bring the child abroad and to provide relevant documents. Government of Ukraine has certain requirements for taking children abroad. Please refer to the government of Ukraine regarding requirements for documents for taking a child abroad in your particular situation.

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Q.9 I have a family member stranded in Lugansk that I would like to bring out of the country for a few months until the crisis is over. Are you processing passports for citizens in Lugansk? Will she be able to evacuate Lugansk until the crises is over?

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine is the designated consular office for non-immigrant and immigrant visa applications submitted by, or on behalf of, residents of Ukraine. This includes those applicants residing in Eastern Ukraine. Please be informed that we process visas only in Kyiv.

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Q.10 I am an American citizen currently applying my fiancée for a visa. I was wondering how long we have to finish the visa application?

An approved K-1 visa petition is valid for a period of four months from the date of USCIS action, and your fiancée should apply for her visa within this time period. If, for reasons beyond her control, she is unable to make an application within this time period, you will need to send a revalidation letter via e-mail stating that you are still willing to marry your fiancée, that you are both legally free to marry and that you will marry her within 90 days of her arrival to the U.S.

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Q.11 My brother’s interview for US immigrant visa is scheduled at Kyiv's US Consulate for XXXX (date). I will be in Kyiv that day. So I kindly ask your permission to attend the interview as a petitioner.

You may attend the interview as a petitioner. Please have your passport with you on the interview day for the guards to let you in.

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Q.12 I am a Ukrainian citizen, about to marry a United States citizen, we are planning to register the marriage in Ukraine. Please advise, which visa type do I need to apply for to reunite with my husband in the United States (after the marriage is registered and my husband returns to the United States)? How long can this process take?

After the marriage is registered your husband will be able to submit the I-130 petition in the USA for you. More information about the process of filing I-130 can be found on our website:http://ukrainian.ukraine.usembassy.gov/uk/i-130-petitions.html

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Q.13 Could you please advise on whether it is possible to have a medical examination in some other Ukrainian city but Kyiv for immigrant visa?

No, the Embassy only accepts the medical reports prepared by the panel physicians in the clinic in Kyiv who have working contracts with the Embassy. If you have questions about the medical examination, please direct them to the clinic.

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Q.14 What do I do if I can not be present at my immigration visa interview?

If the applicant is unable to attend the originally scheduled visa interview he/she can reschedule either online at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/, or by contacting the Call Center at 044-383-80-66 (if calling from Ukraine), or (703)988-71-07 (if calling from the U.S.).

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