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Nonimmigrant Visas

Welcome to the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit.  We are a team of dedicated U.S. Embassy professionals committed to protecting U.S. citizens and facilitating legitimate travel in accordance with U.S. law.  In our work, we are guided by the principles of transparency, fairness, professionalism and integrity.

What is a Nonimmigrant visa?

A visa is issued by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  Nonimmigrant visas are intended for people with permanent residence outside the United States who wish to go to the U.S. temporarily for tourism, business, medical treatment, work, or study.

A visa entitles the holder to travel to the United States and apply for admission.  It does not guarantee entry.  The visa expiration date and the length of time a traveler is allowed to remain in the United States are two different terms.  At the port of entry, an immigration officer of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection determines the visa holder's eligibility for admission into the United States and their length of stay.

For more information about visas to the U.S. go to the Bureau of Consular Affairs page.

U.S. Embassies and Consulates do not process claims for refugee or asylum status.  We are unable to respond to questions on this topic.

Who needs a visa?

Ukrainian citizens require a visa to enter the United States.  Citizens of countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program do not need a visa if their passport meets certain requirements.

If you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program partner but have received notice that you are no longer eligible to travel to the United States under that program, you should apply for a nonimmigrant visa at least three months in advance of your desired travel.  If you do not have imminent travel plans, you should pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee, fill out the DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form at, and schedule a visa appointment.  If your travel is imminent, you may request an expedited visa appointment. Please include in your request the date and purpose of your travel, as well as a copy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection message you received regarding your ESTA status.

How to use a visa?

A single-entry visa allows travel to the U.S. only once within the period of the visa's validity.  That is, once you travel to the U.S. and then leave the country, you may not reenter again on that same visa.  A multiple-entry visa allows travel to the U.S. several times within the period of the visa's validity.  At the point of entry to the U.S., an immigration officer will indicate how long the visa holder is permitted to stay in the country.

If a visa type does not allow long-term stay in the U.S., extensive and frequent travel to the U.S. may raise questions about the visa holder's intent to maintain permanent residence in Ukraine.  Such trips may negatively affect his/her ability to obtain a new visa to the U.S.

Visitors to the United States must have a visa and a valid passport.  The passport holders of the following countries must have their passports valid for the duration of stay in the US.  Passport holders of other countries must have passports valid for at least 6 months after the anticipated departure from the US.

NOTE: If an applicant presents a passport valid for more than 6 months but not sufficient to permit admission for the entire period of stay contemplated, an applicant should extend, renew, or replace a passport before visa issuance. In the event that this is not feasible until after the applicant's arrival in the United States, the visa may be issued, however, the initial period of stay in the U.S. will be limited because of the limited validity of the passport.

NOTE: If the international passport has expired, or will expire in less than 6 months and it has a valid visa in it, the visa holder may travel to the U.S. with this passport along with a newly issued passport.  The traveler's nationality indicated in the new passport must be the same as in the visa bearing passport.  The difference in the name transliteration in two passports will not affect the visa validity.

Please visit our Passport Requirements page for more information.


  • For detailed visa information please review the information available on our website (section Visas) as well as the answers to the following frequently asked questions we receive:

    If, after reviewing the information, your question remains unanswered, please contact us at: (nonimmigrant visas).  Please note that we only respond to case specific visa inquiries (i.e. regarding visa applications that are being processed already). 

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  • Applicants, who are 80 and older, or 14 and younger, are residents of Ukraine and hold Ukrainian travel passports, do not require interviews and fingerprints.  Such applicants can submit their visa applications the same way as in the Renewal Procedure

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  • Only accept information from Consular employees with an official U.S. government ID.  All other people offering information and assistance are unofficial.  Following their advice may result in your submission of an inaccurate or false application.  The submission of false or inaccurate information may result in a permanent ineligibility for a U.S. visa.

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