Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How can I immigrate to the United States?
There are several ways you can immigrate to the United States:
- Through family relationships. Parents, sons, daughters, brothers, or sisters who are U.S. citizens may file an I-130 immigrant petition on your behalf.
- Through employment. An immigrant petition must be filed by your U.S. employer.
- Through investment. Foreign citizens who invest at least $500,000 USD in the U.S. economy in defined geographic areas may be eligible to immigrate to the United States.
- Through participation in the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (commonly called the Diversity Visa Lottery). Interested applicants may visit the Diversity Visa entry website.
What are the rules for shipping pets to the United States? What documents are required at the border?
Can Crimean residents with a Russian passport get a U.S. visa?
The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv adjudicates immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for all applicants who reside in Ukraine and have a valid passport. We do not accept civil documents issued in Crimea by occupying Russian authorities, including birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates. Civil documents for life events occurring in Ukraine must be issued by the Ukrainian government.
Where can I find a list of documents that need to be translated into English?
You may submit documents in English, Ukrainian, or Russian without translation. Original documents that are not in English, Ukrainian, or Russian must be submitted with English translations from a qualified, licensed translator.
May my American petitioner be present during the interview? How do I inform the embassy that I would like my petitioner to accompany me to the interview?
In order to ensure the safety of visa applicants and consular staff, petitioners are not permitted to accompany visa applicants to their interviews.
I applied for an immigrant visa and received my passport with my visa and supporting documents via TMM-Express. Unfortunately, my medical records package was accidentally opened. What should I do?
If you accidentally open the medical records package, you will need to return your passport and all supporting documents through TMM-Express courier at your own expense for us to issue a new sealed package. Please include a letter explaining your request for a new package.
What does the visa validity mean? Does this mean that I must enter the United States before that date, or can I enter after?
The validity of your visa is limited to the expiration of your medical examination results. You must enter the United States before your visa expires. If you cannot enter before that date, contact us to schedule a new appointment to obtain a new visa. You may need to update medical examinations and civil documents and may need to pay the visa fee again.
After receiving my legal permanent resident card (“green card”), I returned to Ukraine. I have been living in Ukraine for longer than one year and my green card is still valid. Can I return to the United States to resume my permanent residence?
If you are a lawful permanent resident who has been outside the United States for longer than one year you may apply for an SB-1 visa. For information on the SB-1 visa, visit the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv website. For information on other matters related to lawful permanent residents, including card replacement, visit the USCIS website.
I have temporary permission from my child's other parent that allows my child to travel to the United States. Is this a valid document to present to the Embassy?
We cannot assess the validity of documents in advance. During the interview, the consular officer will review your documents and inform you of any additional documents we may require. Please be prepared to verify the right to take your child abroad and provide relevant documentation. The government of Ukraine has its own requirements for taking Ukrainian minor children abroad so you should check their document requirements.
I am an American citizen petitioning for my fiancé(e) through a K-1 visa. How much time do we have to finish the visa process?
An approved K-1 visa petition is valid for a period of four months from the date of USCIS approval. Your fiancé(e) should apply for his or her visa within this time period. If your fiancé(e) is unable to submit a visa application within the four-month time period for reasons beyond his or her control, you will need to send us a revalidation letter via e-mail to KyivIV@state.gov. The revalidation letter must include a statement that you are still willing to marry your fiancé(e), that you are both still legally free to marry, and that you still intend to marry your fiancé(e) within 90 days of arrival to the United States.
Is it possible to complete the medical examination for my immigrant visa application in a Ukrainian city other than Kyiv?
No, we only accept medical examination reports from panel physicians at specific contracted clinics in Kyiv. If you have questions about the medical examination, please direct them to the clinic.
I am a Ukrainian citizen engaged to a U.S. citizen. We plan to register our marriage in Ukraine. What kind of visa do I need in order to reunite with my spouse in the United States? How long does this process take?
After you register your marriage, your U.S. citizen spouse may submit an I-130 petition in the United States. We cannot accept immigrant visa petitions in Kyiv. Additional information about the process is located on our website or on the USCIS website.
Every applicant’s situation is unique so we cannot provide an exact waiting period. On average, the process takes six months to a year.
What do I do if I cannot be present at my immigration visa interview?
If you are unable to attend your scheduled visa interview, you may reschedule your interview online at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ or by contacting the call center at 044-383-80-66 (if calling from Ukraine) or 703-988-7107 (if calling from the United States). Please note that some visa classes are not eligible for interview rescheduling.
How do I pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee?
You must pay the USCIS immigrant fee after your visa is approved and before entering the United States. USCIS will not issue your green card until it has received your payment. Though you may still be able to enter the United States even if you have not paid your USCIS immigrant fee, we strongly encourage you to pay the immigrant fee before departing for the United States to avoid complications.
Most applicants who receive immigrant visas (including Diversity Visas) must pay the USCIS immigrant fee. The following visa classes do not have to pay the USCIS immigrant fee: children adopted under the Orphan (IR3/IR4) or Hague Processes (IH3/IH4), Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents (SB-1), and K-visa holders.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has impacted immigration to the United States.
The Embassy cancelled my K-1 or immigrant visa interview. How can I reschedule it?
Starting April 1, the Embassy will offer appointments in every immigrant visa category, including K visas. The number of appointments available will be extremely limited until conditions significantly improve, and it will take time to clear the backlog of immigrant visa cases. Even though appointments are now available, it does not mean you will be immediately successful in booking an appointment. Please go to https://ustraveldocs.com/ to book your new appointment for a K-1 visa.
My K-1 or immigrant visa expired before I was able to travel to the United States because of COVID-19 border closures. Can my visa be reissued? Do I need to pay my visa and medical fees again?
Please send KyivIV@state.gov a copy of your visa, a copy of your passport biographic information, and inform us of when you plan to travel to the United States. We will evaluate each case individually to determine if you qualify to have your visa reissued. If you qualify to have your visa reissued, we will provide you with next steps for scheduling an appointment to pay the visa processing fee and give guidance on the need for a new medical exam or other documents. Please note that if you qualify to have your visa reissued, we cannot guarantee your visa will be reissued within a certain time frame or by a certain date.
I received an immigrant visa before the COVID-19 border closures, and I paid the USCIS fee online. My visa expired and I received a new, reissued visa from the Embassy. Do I need to pay the USCIS fee again?
For questions regarding the immigrant fee, please contact USCIS or review the USCIS website.
I have an immigrant or K-1 visa appointment. Do I need to bring my children (age under 14) to the interview?
Children under the age of 14 do not need to attend the interview in person.
Is my petitioner required to attend my immigrant visa interview?
No. Petitioners are not required to attend immigrant visa interviews with their beneficiaries. During the current COVID-19 global pandemic, petitioners will not be permitted to enter the Embassy.
More information is available here: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/nvc/immigrant-processing-faqs.html