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United States

Ukraine nationals in Ukraine

Situations where they can apply for visas in Ukraine

The U.S. Mission to Ukraine is not currently offering visa services. Beginning immediately, Ukrainian immigrant visas (IVs) other than adoption cases will be processed at Consulate General Frankfurt, including Diversity Visa (DV) and Fianc(é)e (K-1) visas. The U.S. Embassy in Warsaw will process Ukrainian adoption cases as well as A and G diplomatic and official visas. Contact KyivIV@state.gov for questions about Ukrainian immigrant and fianc(é)e visa cases. Nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applications may be processed wherever a Ukrainian applicant is physically located and can schedule an appointment. Interested applicants should follow instructions on the respective Embassy website to apply for an NIV. Please find a list of Embassy websites here: https://www.usembassy.gov.

New 3.18.2022:  U.S. citizens who are physically present overseas with their Ukrainian immediate family members (spouses, unmarried children under the age of 21, and parents) may locally file an immigrant petition (Form I-130) at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate that processes immigrant visas.  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/local-fling-of-form-I-130-petitions-filed-by-u-s-citizens-on-behalf-of-afghan-ethiopian-and-ukrainian-immediate-relatives-fleeing-conflict.html

Any special considerations

Ukrainian applicants do not require a Schengen visa to enter Germany or Poland.  However, IV and DV applicants who already have been scheduled for appointments in Frankfurt or Warsaw may request their cases be transferred to another post.  To do so, the applicant should contact the alternate post to request a case transfer, and the transfer is contingent upon the alternate post’s acceptance of the case.  IV and DV applicants who have not yet been scheduled will be automatically reassigned to Frankfurt and will be notified once their appointment is on the calendar.  Unscheduled Ukrainian DV applicants who need to interview outside of Germany can send requests to KCCDV@state.gov.

The CDC has also granted an exemption to pre-arrival COVID-19 testing for certain individuals from Ukraine. See https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/fr-proof-negative-test.html.

Ukrainian nationals traveling to the United States have been exempted COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Second Amended National Interest Exception from Presidential Proclamation 10294: Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic (dhs.gov)

The Department of State has issued updated guidance regarding adoption of children from Ukraine: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/Intercountry-Adoption-News/updated-information-for-u-s–citizens-in-the-process-of-adopting.html 

On March 24, 2022, the White House announced plans to welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russia’s aggression through the full range of legal pathways, including the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. This includes working to expand and develop new programs with a focus on welcoming Ukrainians who have family members in the United States. The United States and the European Union are also coordinating closely to ensure that these efforts, and other forms of humanitarian admission or transfers, are complementary and provide much-needed support to Ukraine’s neighbors. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/03/24/fact-sheet-the-biden-administration-announces-new-humanitarian-development-and-democracy-assistance-to-ukraine-and-the-surrounding-region

Beginning on April 25, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is administering a new sponsorship-based, streamlined process that allows Ukrainian nationals seeking refuge to arrive and temporarily remain in the United States from abroad. To be eligible, Ukrainian applicants must have been in their home country as of February 11, 2022. In addition, they must: have a US-based sponsor, meet certain public health requirements, complete biometric screening and pass security vetting. DHS will accept and review applications to sponsor Ukrainian citizens from any US-based individual or organization, without any requirement of preexisting links to the Ukrainian nationals. To participate in the program, sponsors must commit to providing financial support and pass a security background check as a means to prevent trafficking and exploitation.  Ukrainians approved for humanitarian parole under the Uniting for Ukraine program will be eligible for work authorization.

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If they cannot apply for visas in Ukraine, alternative options

Applicants may apply in any country in which they are physically present and where there are visa appointments available. Immigrant cases may be transferred to another embassy by contacting the receiving U.S. Embassy in that country to authorize and initiate the transfer.

Non-Ukraine nationals in Ukraine

Situations where they can apply for visas in Ukraine

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Any special considerations

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If they cannot apply for visas in Ukraine, alternative options

Non-Ukraine nationals may apply in their home country or apply as a Third Country National at certain U.S. Embassies and Consulates.

Ukraine nationals in Destination Country

Options

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. Individuals eligible for TPS under this designation must have continuously resided in the United States since March 1, 2022. Individuals who attempt to travel to the United States after March 1, 2022 will not be eligible for TPS. Ukraine’s 18-month designation will go into effect on the publication date of the forthcoming Federal Register notice. The Federal Register notice will provide instructions for applying for TPS and an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). TPS applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and undergo security and background checks.

Ukraine nationals in the United States with existing visas should continue to ensure they meet the conditions of those visas.

Other considerations

Individuals who are outside of the United States may be able to request parole into the United States based on urgent humanitarian or significant public benefit reasons.

The Biden administration has formally launched “Uniting for Ukraine,” a humanitarian parole program that is key to its efforts to welcome 100,000 displaced Ukrainians to the U.S.

Key Points:

  • In order to participate in the program, Ukrainians must have a supporter in the U.S. who agrees to provide them with financial support during their time in the country.
  • U.S.-based supporters must first file the Form I-134, Declaration of Financial Support, with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of a Ukrainian beneficiary. The government will vet applicants to ensure they can meet their financial obligations. USCIS began accepting applications Monday. Detailed information on who can be a supporter is available here.
  • In order to become a beneficiary, an individual must be a Ukrainian citizen (or the immediate family member of a Ukrainian citizen), must have resided in Ukraine as of Feb. 11 and must have been displaced by the invasion. They must also pass biographic and biometric security checks. The full list of criteria is available here.
  • Beneficiaries will be considered for humanitarian parole for up to two years in the U.S. Once paroled into the U.S., they will be eligible to apply for work authorization. The program does not provide a direct pathway to permanent residence.
  • The administration announced the creation of “Uniting for Ukraine” last week, saying it would supplement existing legal pathways for coming to the U.S., including immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and refugee processing.

Additional Information: The U.S. has taken a number of steps in response to the invasion of Ukraine, including designating Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), suspending some employment authorization requirements for certain students from Ukraine and exempting some individuals traveling from Ukraine from COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements. The State Department pledged additional resources last week, including resources to process Ukrainian citizens for refugee resettlement under the Lautenberg Program, expand mechanisms for referrals to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), and broaden access to nonimmigrant visa processing at U.S. embassies and consulates in Europe. BAL will continue to follow the administration’s response to the crisis in Ukraine and will provide updates as information becomes available.

Links to latest Government information

Visas – U.S. Embassy in Ukraine (usembassy.gov)

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/local-fling-of-form-I-130-petitions-filed-by-u-s-citizens-on-behalf-of-afghan-ethiopian-and-ukrainian-immediate-relatives-fleeing-conflict.html