Immigrant Visas

Last updated: January 19, 2022

Important Notice for Immigrants:

Starting on December 6, all travelers to the United States, regardless of vaccination status, must show a pre-departure negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one (1) day of travel to the United States prior to boarding. Additional information may be found on CDC’s website.

Children under 2 years old do not need to test. There are also accommodations for people who have documented recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. Learn more about theserequirements here.

Status of Operations Update:

On April 1, 2021, the Embassy resumed processing in every immigrant visa category, including K visas and diversity visas. We regret that due to the large backlog of cases caused by COVID-19, we are unable to accept the transfer of diversity visa (DV) cases from other countries.We plan to process DV-2023 casesin rank order as required by law, subject to our resource constraints, limitations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and country conditions. If post has the capacity to schedule your case, you will receive a notification by email to check the Entrant Status Check site.

Health and safety

You must wear a face mask when visiting the Embassy. If you are feeling ill or have reason to believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please do not enter the Embassy and reschedule your appointment for a later date.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Ukraine at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv.

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories  to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program.  Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process to begin applying for an immigrant visa.

Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

Immigrant Visas