Immigrant Visa Inquiries

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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 (

You can find detailed information on existing legal ways to immigrate to the U.S. either on our web site or on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Internet page (

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 (PDF 24 KB) – 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Because each case is unique, we can not give you exact waiting period – an average process takes 6-8 months.

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.

If the applicant is unable to attend the originally scheduled visa interview he/she can reschedule either online at, 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.).

You must pay the fee prior to departing for the United States. USCIS will not issue your green card until USCIS receives payment.  However, even if you have not paid the fee, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers will admit you, as long as you are otherwise eligible to enter.

All applicants issued immigrant visas (including Diversity Visas), except children adopted under the Orphan (IR-3/IR-4) or Hague Processes (IH-3/IH-4), Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. Government, returning residents (SB-1s), and K visas, will pay the new fee.

You will pay the fee by going to, clicking on the link to the USCIS intake page on, answering the questions on the USCIS intake page, and providing your checking account, debit, or credit card information.  Because checking payments must be drawn on a U.S. bank, someone else may pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee on your behalf.