Visas

May 16, 2022

Uniting for Ukraine

On April 21, 2022, the United States announced a key step toward fulfilling President Biden’s commitment to welcome Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion. Uniting for Ukraine provides a pathway for Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members who are outside the United States to come to the United States and stay temporarily in a two-year period of parole. Ukrainians participating in Uniting for Ukraine must have a supporter in the United States who agrees to provide them with financial support for the duration of their stay in the United States. For more information on how to apply for Uniting for Ukraine, please visit https://www.dhs.gov/ukraine.

To be eligible for this process, children under the age of 18 must be traveling to the United States in the care and custody of their parent or legal guardian. Under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA), any child under the age of 18 who is not accompanied by their parent or legal guardian generally must be turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and vetted to protect against exploitation and abuse. Sponsors must be vetted before that child can be released and reunified. As a result, children traveling on their own, or with a non-parent or non-legal guardian adult, are not currently eligible for this process.

From April 25, 2022, Ukrainian nationals who present at U.S. Southwest border land ports of entry without a valid visa or without pre-authorization to travel to the United States through Uniting for Ukraine may be denied entry and referred to apply through this process.

Єднання заради України

21 квітня 2022 року Сполучені Штати оголосили про ключовий крок у напрямку виконання зобов’язань Президента Байдена приймати в США українців, які рятуються від російського вторгнення.  Програма «Єднання заради України» надає можливість громадянам України та найближчим членам їх родин, які знаходяться поза межами Сполучених Штатів, приїхати до США і тимчасово перебувати в країні протягом двох років гуманітарного паролю.  Українці, які беруть участь у програмі «Єднання заради України», повинні мати спонсора в Сполучених Штатах, який погоджується надавати їм фінансову підтримку на час перебування в США.  Детальну інформацію стосовно програми «Єднання заради України» можна знайти на сайті https://www.dhs.gov/ukraine.

Для того, щоб скористатися програмою, діти віком до 18 років повинні подорожувати до Сполучених Штатів у супроводі батьків або законного опікуна. Відповідно до Закону про перевірку захисту жертв торгівлі людьми від 2008 року (TVPRA), будь-яка дитина віком до 18 років, яку не супроводжують батьки чи законний опікун, як правило, повинна бути направлена до Міністерства охорони здоров’я та соціальних служб (HHS) і пройти перевірку щодо захисту від експлуатації та жорстокого поводження. Перш ніж дитину можна буде передати для возз’єднання зі спонсором, цього спонсора необхідно перевірити. Таким чином, діти, які подорожують самостійно, або з дорослими, які не є їх батьками чи опікунами, наразі не можуть скористатися цією процедурою.

З 25 квітня 2022 року громадянам України, які намагатимуться перетнути південно-західний кордон США через сухопутні пункти в’їзду і не матимуть дійсної візи або попереднього дозволу на перетин кордону Сполучених Штатів по програмі «Єднання заради України», може бути відмовлено у в’їзді. Такі особи повинні будуть зареєструватися у програмі «Єднання заради України».

Updated: November 8, 2021

Updated Requirements for Air Travelers to the U.S. due to COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new Order for all air passengers traveling to the United States. For more information, please visit the following link: International Travel | CDC.

If you have already had a visa, in most cases you can renew it without an appointment – even if it expired up to four years ago. Take advantage of interview waiver program to renew your visa without an appointment. Learn more on this page.

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

  • Telephone: For Visa Interview Appointments and Visa Information, call 03 17 800 260.

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.