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Visa Types

Visa type depends on the purpose of entry into Ukraine (a business, private, tourist, transit etc).

No group visas are provided in the USA.

NOTE: Since only one type of visa is issued per entry, the primary purpose of entry should be stated in the Application form and the supporting document related to this purpose must be provided.

IMPORTANT: Invitation letters are NOT necessary for citizens of US, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Slovak Republic, Turkey and citizens of the countries of the European Union for obtaining official, business, private, cultural/ sporting and scientific visas.

The type of visa required depends on the purpose of the applicants' entry into Ukraine. ALONG WITH ALL THE ITEMS LISTED, applicants must additionally submit certain documents, or "supporting documents" to further explain the applicant's purpose of entry. The supporting documents are listed below under the appropriate visa type:

A) SCIENTIFIC, CULTURAL/SPORTING VISAS (except citizens of the countries mentioned above)

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IMPORTANT: Sample of an Invitation letter (for Business and Private visas), approved by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (downloadable)

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An original invitation (in some exclusive cases a legible fax version may be also accepted) from a legal entity duly registered in Ukraine, typed on its letterhead containing its official address and telephone number, signed by an authorized officer (other than the applicant) of the entity, bearing its seal and accompanied, when applicable, by a clear copy of its valid Certificate of Registration in Ukraine. The invitation must detail the purpose and if necessary the number of visits, exact travel dates, cities and/or towns to be visited and provide basic passport data of the invitee.

B) VISA for RELIGIOUS MISSION

An original letter of invitation from a Ukrainian religious organization for a foreign missionary must contain or be accompanied by a written confirmation under the signature and seal of a responsible official of the State Committee of Ukraine on Religious Matters or of the department on religious matters of a regional or city administration depending on where the sponsoring organization is registered (according to the acting Law of Ukraine foreign citizens staying temporarily in Ukraine can perform religious activities only in those religious organizations which have invited them and provided official approval by state authorities by which the statute of the inviting organization was registered).

C) VISA for HUMANITARIAN MISSION

For individuals providing Humanitarian Aid, a visa is issued only on the basis of a letter of support from the Commission at the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine for coordination, acceptance, transportation, security and distribution of humanitarian aid rendered by foreign States.

D) VISA for MEMBERS OF RESCUE SERVICES

Approval by the Ministry of Emergency Issues of Ukraine.

E) STUDENT VISA

Invitation of an established type issued by the Ministry of Education of Ukraine.

F) VISA for MASS MEDIA STAFF

Instruction by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on issuing the visa.

G) PRIVATE VISA (except citizens of the above mentioned countries)

-For a home stay visit (Ï-1 type) - only original invitation of an established type issued in the applicant's name by a local Immigration Authorities of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine where the sponsor permanently resides or other documents proving the private nature of the trip;

-For medical treatment (Ï-1 type) - an official notification from the medical institution providing treatment to the applicant;

-Applicants of Ukrainian origin may apply for a Ï-2 type Ukrainian visa in person only and then are subject to an interview at the Consulate General. Applicants for type P-2 visas should submit the following documents:

- Applicant's written request

- Original Ukrainian birth certificate and a copy of it

- If the last name on applicant's passport and birth certificate is different the copy of the document of change of name is mandatory.

- Filled out application form.

- One recent passport size photograph.

- Valid passport.

- Self-addressed prepaid envelope (United States Postal Service Express or Priority Mail envelopes only) in case the documents need to be returned after the visa interview by mail.

· In case of emergency (unexpected illness, death of relatives) visas can be obtained upon submitting a certified cable from a doctor of the Ukrainian clinic or a copy of death certificate;


· For a burial site visit - an original Ukrainian Red Cross official confirmation of an existing grave of the applicant's blood relative;

H) TOURIST VISA


A letter of invitation from a Ukrainian or American tourist agency or a confirmation from a Ukrainian hotel is necessary to qualify for a tourist visa.

I) TRANSIT VISA

A valid visa to the country of destination, other documents which confirm entry into that country, or a confirmed one way or round trip ticket for travel from the point of entry into Ukraine to the point of entry into the next country from Ukraine are acceptable supporting documents for transit visas. This visa does not authorize an applicant's stay in Ukraine and is not required for a non-stop flight over Ukraine.

J) IMMIGRATION VISA

IM-1 applicants entering Ukraine for employment purposes must submit:

- A labour authorization document - (DOZVIL NA PRATSEVLASHTUVANNIA) in the name of the applicant issued by the Ministry of Labour of Ukraine and obtained for him/her in advance by the employer in Ukraine.

- A valid passport or travel documents (permit to re-entry to the United States for non-Ukrainian citizens only). Please allow for at least one free page for a visa. Copies are not acceptable.

- One completed application form (in Adobe Acrobat) printed or written in block letters in black ink.

- One recent passport size photograph.

- If you submit a passport of a child alone it must be accompanied by a joint notarized written request from both parents or by a copy of the parents' visas.

IM-2 applicants entering Ukraine for permanent residence must submit:

- Permission for permanent residence in Ukraine obtained from Ukrainian Immigration Authorities of the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine.

- A valid passport or travel documents (permit to re-entry to the United States for non-Ukrainian citizens only). Please allow for at least one free page for a visa. Copies are not acceptable.

- One completed application form (in Adobe Acrobat) printed or written in block letters in black ink.

- One recent passport size photograph.

- If you submit a passport of a child alone it must be accompanied by a joint notarized written request from both parents or by copies of their visas.

K) VISA for INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT SERVICE STAFF

License for international transportation issued by the corresponding agency of the host country.

L) DIPLOMATIC VISAS

Are issued to the following categories of persons having diplomatic passports:

· diplomatic members of foreign missions and consular posts in Ukraine and to members of their families;

· aliens, entering Ukraine with diplomatic missions;

· diplomatic couriers;

· members of governments, parliaments, international organizations;

· prominent politicians whose entry into Ukraine is a diplomatic issue.

M) SERVICE VISAS (C-1, C-2, C-3) are divided into three categories and are issued to:

· service staff of foreign diplomatic missions and consular posts in Ukraine and to members of their families; members of Ukraine-based international organizations; state power bodies officials of foreign countries who enter into Ukraine on business;

· members of military formations and institutions who enter into Ukraine on business by invitation of related State bodies;

· representatives of manufacturing, trade, financial and political circles who enter into Ukraine on business by invitation of State institutions registered in Ukraine in the established order.

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