American citizens are free to travel through Ukraine for up to 90 days without a visa but will need to carry a valid passport. Visitors staying past 90 days or are in Ukraine to work, study or perform diplomatic missions or arriving with the intent to establish permanent residency must obtain the appropriate visa before arriving.
Gather all necessary documents before applying for your visa. These include a current passport that will not expire for at least one month past the requested visa expiration date. One passport-size photo is also required as well as supporting documents for your particular visa application.
Read the different types of Ukrainian visas available and select the application that best suits your situation. Types of visas include scientific, religious mission, humanitarian mission, rescue services, student visas, mass media, immigration and service visas.
Download the visa application form from the Ukrainian Consulate website or pick an application up in person at any one of the four embassies in the United States. Ukrainian embassies are located in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, DC.
Fill out the application form entirely. The information required includes a social security number, passport number, criminal history, purpose of visit and cities you intend to visit while in the Ukraine.
Provide all necessary documents. Citizens of the United States are exempt from having to provide “invitation letters” for business, private, cultural, sporting or scientific visas. However, invitation letters are required for all other types of visas, including student and humanitarian visas. The overseeing government body such as the Ministry of Education or the Commission at the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine issues these letters.
Pay any fees that may apply. US citizens do not pay a visa application fee unless they need an expedited visa. Fees vary according to the specific consulate. The Consulate General of Ukraine in New York charges American citizens a fee of $100. Fees must be paid by money order only.
Deliver the complete visa application and any supporting documents to the Ukrainian embassy closest to your home town. Visit the embassy in person or mail your documents. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope when applying by mail.
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