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US and EU simplifying Visa system for Ukrainians

April 29, 2011

Well dear readers, if you happen to be Ukrainian there is some good news.

With effect from 20 April, those of you who have had a US Visa in the past 12 months no longer need to travel to Kyiv to be interviewed each time when getting a new US Visa.

US Visa

Interfax-Ukraine
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has said that the United States has unilaterally simplified its visa regime for Ukrainians, and citizens who obtained visas a year ago will not now have to be interviewed to obtain them again.

Ministry spokesperson Oleksandr Dykusarov said at a briefing on Wednesday that in order to implement the agreements reached after the third session of the United States-Ukraine Commission on Strategic Partnership, the heads of the consular services of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine had held a working meeting at the ministry on April 7 this year.

“In the context of the further liberalization of the visa regime and the deepening of interpersonal contacts, the U.S. side has announced its unilateral decision to cancel from April 20 this year for the citizens of Ukraine who have already received U.S. visas in the last 12 months the need to have an interview during further applications for several types of visas,” he said.

Dykusarov also noted that according to the statistics of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, “more than 10% of the total number of potential applicants” would qualify for this simplification.

 

Not to be out-done, the EU during the 5-6 May summit will further simplify the Visa system for Ukrainians from its current situation.
Interfax-Ukraine
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has said that Kyiv and Brussels will on May 5-6, 2011 begin talks on expanding the list of categories of Ukrainian citizens who will be given visas under a simplified procedure, ministry spokesperson Oleksandr Dykusarov has said.

“The first talks with the European Commission will be held in Brussels on May 5-6 this year on the introduction of amendments to the visa facilitation agreement between Ukraine and the EU,” he said at a briefing on Wednesday, adding that the issue concerns the extension of the list of categories of Ukrainian citizens who will qualify for simplified visa procedures.

 

Schengen Visa

That said, the removal of Visa’s for Ukrainian visiting the EU seems very likely in the next 12 months anyway.

Anyway, good news for all those who do not live in Kyiv as there will be less and less need to go to Kyiv for interviews.

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