Immigrant visa status

immigration visa statusGeneral information

As a rule, in relation to a person wishing to immigrate to the United States the petition must be approved by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services before the application for an immigrant visa. The petition is filed by their relative with a certain degree of kinship or a potential employer to the Office of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services in the United States. More information about the procedure for filing immigration petitions as well as immigrant visa status can be viewed on our website. A person who has an approved petition and for whom a priority date has been arranged, shall be entitled to apply for an immigrant visa or non-immigrant visa, category K.


From 15 August 2011 the US citizens permanently residing in Ukraine, who file a petition should send them by mail to the address: PO Box US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Chicago. The US embassies and consulates, in which there is no representation of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, are able to accept and process Forms I-130 only in exceptional cases, mentioned below.

For more information about submitting Form I-130 via the PO Box of the US Citizenship and Immigration Service see our website.

Immigration visa status

From February 1, 2013 all citizens, which have been issued immigrant visas outside the United States, will have to pay a fee to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the amount of 165 US dollars each for the processing services, storage and registration of the immigration package and manufacturing of Green Card. The fee must be paid before traveling to the United States. Parents with adopted children entering the US on visas IR-3 / IR-4 and IH-3 / IH-4, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who worked for the US government, those who return to the United States to resume its US permanent resident status as well as those who received the visa of the groom / bride type K are exempt from payment.

How to implement this payment is described in detail (in English) on our site. Also the contact information of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is provided in case any additional questions arise. We can also check the immigration visa status.

Exceptional cases

From August 15, 2011the US citizens who file a petition in Ukraine and believe that their circumstances meet the criteria for filing a petition in exceptional cases, may request the Consular Section to accept the petition. Each request will be considered on an individual basis.

A person who wishes to file Form I-130 should contact the Consular Section to request consideration of the possibility of submitting the form as an exceptional case and explain the existing circumstances in detail. The Consular Section will forward the request to the section of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services which has the Embassy under its jurisdiction. The decision on whether or not the situation is exceptional and, accordingly, whether it is possible in this situation to make an exception to the general order of presenting the petition would be considered by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. For information about the circumstances which may be considered exceptional refer to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services on-line.

The interview at the US Embassy

If the date of the interview has been assigned to you, you need to come to the US Embassy on the corresponding day fifteen minutes before the appointed time. Check out the safety rules in force in the Consulate explaining what you can and cannot bring with you to the interview at the Consulate. It is necessary to take the letter with an invitation for an interview and the documents necessary for consideration of the visa application of the relevant category.

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