How Can a Ukrainian Bride Get a US Visa?


Ukraine is a top dating destination among Americans after Russian. That’s why if you consider getting a bride there you also need to know how to get a visa for her. Here are the simplest instructions on this confusing red tape headache.

1. File a petition for a Fiancée visa

K-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa for a Ukrainian fiancée. It will allow your Ukrainian mail-order bride to come to the U.S. and get married to you within 90 days upon the arrival. Before applying for the visa itself, file the petition to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Note that if your Ukrainian bride has children, they must be listed in the petition too, even if they will not travel. You also need to be meticulous with your bride’s names – you need to mention all her names including maiden or previous married names. Otherwise, you will face a serious delay.

Once the petition is approved, your bride gets the right to apply for a fiancée visa at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. The latter will notify you of the approval.

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2. Apply for the visa & get ready for the interview

It is important not to apply for the visa interview until your bride (a visa applicant) completes these steps.

  • Step #1. She must fill in (in English) and submit the fiancée visa application online after checking her eligibility.
  • Step #2. Collect all the necessary documents to support the application.
  • Step #3. Make an appointment with a physician approved by the Embassy in Kyiv (Ukraine’s capital) and pass a medical checkup.
  • Step #4. Schedule and register for passport delivery.
  • Step #5. Pay a $265 visa application fee and get a visa confirmation receipt from the bank.
  • Step #6. Only now your Ukrainian bride can call the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine and get a visa appointment or do everything online.

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3. Pass the fiancée visa interview

Now, it is crucial your bride arrives on time because otherwise her appointment can be canceled. And, apparently, it is not possible to come for a visa interview without a prior appointment. If she passes the interview successfully, she might be informed about it right there.

However, it will take the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine around 5-6 working days to deliver her passport with the visa and travel documents. Due to this, Embassy recommends not to set the wedding date in advance.

Now, here’s what they might ask your Ukrainian bride at the interview:

  1. Her background
  2. How two of you met
  3. Her occupation and hobbies, relationships with other relatives
  4. Wedding
  5. Living arrangements in the U.S.
  6. Shared experiences of the fiancé and the fiancée and whether they met each other relatives, etc.

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After some time, the Ukrainian bride will receive her documents back in an envelope. It is VITAL she doesn’t open that envelope but a .S. Immigration or Public Health Service officer. In case she opens it, it may lead to a suspect over tempering and the whole process may start from the beginning.

Depending on a case, the Embassy may inform you about the need for the further administrative processing which may take the other 60 days.

That’s it, the devil is not so black as he is painted. To get more details about the fiancée visa, you and your Ukrainian mail-order bride may always check up the site of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.

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