Select here to learn more about certain individual petition-based visa applicants who are now eligible for waiver of interview.


On October 25, President Biden announced a Presidential Proclamation titled “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” This proclamation, which took effect at 12:01 am Eastern Standard Time on November 8, 2021, ended the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations (P.P.) 9984, 9992, 10143, and 10199 as they relate to the suspension of entry into the United States of persons physically present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. In place of these restrictions, the President announced a global vaccination requirement for all adult foreign national travelers. More information about this global vaccination requirement, including details on exceptions and waivers due to humanitarian concerns, is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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Beginning November 1, 2021, home/office delivery and pickup from most TMM locations will be considered premium services to be paid by the applicant. Once documents are ready for pickup, applicants will receive an email notification. Beginning November 1, 2021, submitting documents to the Embassy via TMM will be considered a premium service to be paid by the applicant. Pickup/dropoff services at the TMM office in Kyiv at 6/1 Ryzhska str. 04112 will remain available free of charge. Pickup and dropoff services at all other TMM locations will require a premium service fee of 9 USD for pick up and 8.10 USD for dropoff per applicant. Home/office delivery will require a premium service fee of 10 USD per applicant.


Secretary Blinken, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, has temporarily expanded the ability of consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification. Previously, only those applicants whose nonimmigrant visa expired within 24 months were eligible for an interview waiver. The Secretary has temporarily extended the expiration period to 48 months. This policy is in effect until December 31, 2021. This change will allow consular officers to continue processing certain nonimmigrant visa applications while limiting the number of applicants who must appear at a consular section, thereby reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission to other applicants and consular staff. Travelers are encouraged to review the website of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for detailed information on what services are currently available as well as eligibility information and instructions on applying for a visa without an interview.


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Immigrant visas

Starting April 1, the Embassy will offer appointments in every immigrant visa category, including K visas and diversity visas. The number of appointments available will be extremely limited until conditions significantly improve, and it will take time to clear the backlog of immigrant visa cases. Even though appointments are now available, it does not mean you will be immediately successful in booking an appointment.

Nonimmigrant visas

Due to prioritization of immigrant visas, the Embassy has a reduced capacity to process nonimmigrant visas. We will continue to offer a limited number of appointments in mission-critical categories, mostly for C1/D crewmembers, but also a small number of student and petition-based visas. We encourage all applicants to be mindful of the constraints and also to apply early. Appointments will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis as capacity allows.

We are not able to provide appointments for B1/B2 routine business or tourist travel at this time and are unable to provide a specific date for when those appointments will be available. Your MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased until September 30, 2023.

We also continue to process visas that are eligible for renewal through the interview waiver process. To see if you qualify to renew your visa by mail, please visit https://ustraveldocs.com/ua/ua-niv-visarenew.asp.

Emergency requests

If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/ua/ua-niv-expeditedappointment.asp (for B1/B2, students, and petition-based visas) or email KyivIV@state.gov (for K visas) to request an emergency appointment. Please note that a request for an expedited visa appointment will only be considered in the event of a serious humanitarian emergency, and only for citizens and permanent residents of Ukraine.


The U.S. Mission to Ukraine understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible. In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2023, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.


If you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program partner but unable 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 ceac.state.gov/genniv/, 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 any U.S. Customs and Border Protection message you may have received regarding your ESTA status. More information about restrictions to travel under the Visa Waiver Program, including the requirement for an electronic passport, is available here.


Dear applicants, please note that there is no facility at the Embassy to store prohibited items. In the past, applicants were allowed to check and store certain small items including cell phones with Embassy security staff. As of February 1, 2016, this will no longer be allowed, and you must make arrangements to store these items before entering.


The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine is the consular office for visa applications submitted by residents of Ukraine, including Crimea, which is the territory of Ukraine. As such, applicants from Crimea should be interviewed at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, must pay their MRV fees for visa applications only at Raiffeisen Bank Aval branches and must select a TMM Express passport pickup location inside Ukraine, as document pass back services to and from Crimea have been suspended indefinitely due to Russian activities in that portion of Ukraine's territory.