Processing Diversity Visa in Kyiv, Ukraine
Effective immediately, all applicants not previously scheduled must submit electronic copies of required civil documents and copies of each applicant’s passport biodata page to the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC). KCC will request document submission after receiving a complete DS-260 application form for the primary applicant and accompanying family members. For more information, please, visit this page.
The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv has issued visas to successful Ukrainian applicants of the Diversity Visa Program since March 1, 2012. General information on the Diversity Visa Program is available at the following link:
Visa interview preparation instructions are available on travel.state.gov.
Information for Applicants scheduled for an Immigrant Visa Interview in Kyiv by Kentucky Consular Center.
Prior to your appointment date, you must visit http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ua or call the Visa Information and Appointment Service at +38-044-383-8066 Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. or from the United States at 703-988-7107 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST and follow the steps to register at which TMM-Express courier service location you would like to pick up your visa.
The registration for TMM-Express pick up location is required for every applicant including children. You must have the Passport Number, Date of Birth, Nationality, DV case number, your e-mail address and visa category for each applicant (principal applicant and all family members, including children) ready in order to complete the registration. If you register online, after entering your information you will be prompted to select a TMM-Express location to which you would like to have your visa delivered. Please make sure that you print out your confirmation letter and bring it with you to the visa appointment. If you register through the Call Center, you will receive a confirmation of TMM-Express courier selection by e-mail. You must print it out and bring it with you for your appointment. The U.S. Embassy will not be able to process your visa application until you make a selection of a TMM-Express destination where the visa can be delivered. There is no additional cost for delivery of your visa.
Step-by-Step Guide for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program
The process of participation in the DV program can be described in 5 steps:
- Submitting an entry for DV program (DV registration); Checking your DV entry status
- Preparing and Submitting your Forms and Photographs
- Obtaining Your Civil Documents
- Your Interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate Abroad
- Entering the U.S
Please click on each of the steps below.
Step 1: Submitting and Entry; Checking your DV Entry Status
There is only one way to participate in the DV program. You must submit the DS 5501, the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form), which is only accessible online at the EDV website www.dvlottery.state.gov. Failure to complete the form in its entirety will disqualify the entry. All entries by an individual will be disqualified if more than ONE entry for that individual is received, regardless of who submitted the entry.
The registration period for participation in the DV lottery program is announced on our website every September.
How to register:
- Visit the U.S. Government website http://www.dvlottery.state.gov/.
- Fill out the application form.
- A successfully registered entry will result in a confirmation screen containing your name and a unique confirmation number.
You should print this confirmation screen and ensure that you retain your confirmation number!
Note! Before submitting your Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form (E-DV Entry Form), please see the instructions.
Entrant status check
Entrants in the Diversity Visa program may check the status of their entries through the Entrant Status check on the E-DV website www.dvlottery.state.gov beginning on May 1 of the year following the year of entry submission.
Important notice: If you have lost your confirmation information, you will not be able to check your DV entry status. We will not be able to resend the confirmation page information to you.
Step 2: Preparing and Submitting your Forms and Photographs
All diversity visa (DV) applicants must submit the electronic DS-260 “Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration Application”. The Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) will no longer collect the DS-230 and DSP-122.
Step 3: Obtaining your Civil Documents
Obtain the documents listed below and follow these procedures. It is strongly recommended that you begin this process early.
DV applicants, their spouses, and their children must bring to their interviews the following documents, wherever applicable. Documents in English, Ukrainian or Russian do not need to be translated. You should submit a translation for every document which is done in a language other than English, Ukrainian or Russian. When copies are required, simple Xerox copies are meant; notarization of copies is not required.
- Certificates, diplomas and/or other graduation documents from all educational institutions attended by the primary (winning) applicant, or evidence that the applicant has qualifying work experience – originals and copies;
- Birth certificate – original and copy;
- Marriage certificates or official evidence of any name change by marriage, for all marriages – originals and one copy for each married applicant;
- Divorce certificates or other official evidence that any former marriage was terminated, for all marriages – originals and copies;
- Name change certificates – originals and copies;
- Adoption decree – original and copy;
- Police certificates in all names from all countries (including former Soviet Union republics) in which the applicant lived for more than one year after turning 16 – original only;
- Military records – original and copy;
- All court and prison records if the applicant was ever arrested and/or imprisoned – original and copy;
- All documents explaining extended stays in the U.S., including deportation documentation – originals only;
- International and internal passports – originals only;
- Two 5×5 cm color photos (PDF, 120 KB) signed on the back with the first and the last name in English as they appear in the international passport on the back for each immigrant visa applicant. The photos cannot be more than 6 months old.
- Medical exam (PDF 175 KB) (white/brown envelope only);
- Full name, address and telephone number of the person who is your contact in the U.S.;
- Fee in the amount of $330 (U.S. dollars or Ukrainian Hryvnya cash) for each individual family member applying for a visa;
- Evidence that you will not become a public charge in the US before being issued a visa. This evidence may be in the form of a combination of your personal assets, an Affidavit of Support (Form I-134) from a relative or friend residing in the US, and/or an offer of employment from an employer in the US – originals only.
Step 4: Your Interview at the U.S. Embassy
Before your interview, diversity visa applicants will need to have completed the required medical exam, including required vaccinations. You will need to schedule your medical exam appointment. Review the medical exam guidelines (PDF 175 KB) for a list of required Panel Physicians in Ukraine and instructions.
You should prepare thoroughly and carefully for your interview. Failure to be fully prepared for your interview at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy can result in delay or denial of the visa. It is important that you follow any additional instructions provided in Step 3 and on the Interview Preparation – Embassy Guidelines webpage.
Rescheduling visa appointments:
We recommend that all DV winners use the Entrant Status Check page at www.dvlottery.state.gov to find their appointment date and come to the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv fully prepared for the scheduled interview. While we will try to reschedule DV interviews, we cannot guarantee that rescheduling will be possible in every case and strongly encourage people to make their appointments.
At your interview you must bring the following;
- Passport(s) valid for six months beyond the intended date of entry into the U.S. for you and each family member applying for a visa.
- Original documents or certified copies of all applicable civil documents listed in the Step 3 instructions.
The only DV lottery fee is $330 and should be paid for every applicant during your interview at the Consular section.
How to Contact Kentucky Consular Center
If you need to contact the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) you must always refer to your name and case number exactly as they appear on your original Selectee Letter. Your case number should be clearly written in the upper right hand corner of ALL documents and correspondence sent to the KCC.
The KCC telephone number is 606-526-7500 (7:30am until 4:00pm EST), or send an E-mail inquiry to KCCDV@state.gov.
Step 5: Entering the U.S.
All individuals issued immigrant and diversity visas overseas must pay a $220.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States. This USCIS website has more details on the fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions. Please also see our FAQ page.
Each traveler must have his or her own visa, IV packet and a valid passport. These documents should be hand-carried to the port of entry (POE), not packed in luggage. Travelers benefiting from derivative classification may not precede the primary beneficiary in requesting admission to the U.S.
At the port of entry, DHS inspector will open the IV packet and verify that required documentation is present, collect the fingerprints and then decide whether to admit the individual to the United States. On admission to the United States, the traveler becomes a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR). LPR status is initially demonstrated by an entry stamp, together with the used IV in the immigrant’s passport. The Alien Registration Card, once issued, is the individual’s more permanent proof of LPR status.