Please follow the steps below before your immigrant visa interview at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine.
As soon as you receive your appointment date, you must schedule a medical exam in Ukraine. Click the “Medical Exam Instructions” button below, schedule and attend a medical examination with medical clinic before your interview.
It is important that you bring all required original documents to your interview. We’ve created a checklist that will tell you what to bring. Please print the checklist below and bring it to your interview along with the listed documents.
Read our interview guidelines to learn about any special actions that you need to take before your visa interview.
All immigrant and K visa applicants, regardless of age, require a medical examination prior to the issuance of a visa. Only a physician accredited by the U.S. Embassy can perform this exam. It is your responsibility to schedule a medical exam with the clinic listed below before your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy.
IOM Migration Health Unit
16-V Antonovycha Street or 15 Tarasivska St
Telephone: 044 584 36 67 / 044 584 36 68
Mobile: 067 447 10 37 / 067 186 35 21
050 014 67 60 / 050 028 62 58 (Viber, WhatsApp)
37/1 Vasylya Tyutyunnyka St
Telephone: 044 591 03 83 / 050 422 62 61
Migration Health Unit of International Organization for Migration (IOM), performs medical examinations Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 3 p.m. by appointment only. Please schedule an appointment in advance by phone 044 584 36 67 or 044 584 36 68 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Medikom Clinic performs medical examinations Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4 p.m. by appointment only. Please schedule an appointment in advance by phone 044 591 03 83 or 050 422 6261 (24 hours a day 7 days a week) or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medical examination results from other physicians will not be accepted.
The registration for medical examination at the clinic takes place between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. The results of medical examination are given to the applicants at 3:00 p.m. next working day after the initial appointment except for the following:
The doctor will need the following items to complete the medical exam forms:
Any medical examination fees, including x-ray and blood test fees, must be paid directly to the examining physician. The medical examination fee for ages 2 and younger is $155 USD, for ages 3-14 is $225 USD, for ages 15 and older is $195 USD. Should examinees require additional vaccinations administered, they will be charged for these separately. Fees may be paid in Ukrainian Hryvnia only.
For more information about vaccinations see here.
When your examination is completed, the doctor will either provide you with exam results in a sealed envelope or send them directly to the U.S. Consulate. IF GIVEN AN ENVELOPE TO CARRY TO YOUR INTERVIEW, DO NOT OPEN THIS ENVELOPE. Instead, bring it to your visa interview. Any x-rays taken will be given to you. You DO NOT need to bring the x-rays to your visa interview unless you suffer from tuberculosis. However, you must carry the x-rays with you when you travel to the United States for the first time. The medical report must be less than six (6) months old when you enter the United States as an immigrant.in certain vaccinations prior to the issuance of a visa. Current immigrant vaccination requirements are available here. You can also read Frequently Asked Questions about our medical examination requirements online.
When your examination is completed, the doctor will provide you with exam results in a sealed envelope. DO NOT OPEN THIS ENVELOPE. Instead, bring it to your visa interview. Any x-rays taken will be given to you. You DO NOT need to bring the x-rays to your visa interview unless you suffer from tuberculosis (TB). However, you must carry the x-rays with you when you travel to the United States for the first time. The medical report must be less than six months old when you enter the United States as an immigrant.
Please use the list below to determine the items that every applicant must bring to the immigrant visa interview. Any documents that are not in either English, Ukrainian, or Russian must be accompanying by a certified English translation:
Applicants who fall into any category listed in italics below should bring these additional documents:
For family-based visa applications:
If you are married: Your original marriage certificate and a photocopy.
If you were previously married: Your original divorce or spouse’s death certificate and a photocopy. If the divorce took place in Ukraine before July 27, 2010, you must bring your Divorce Certificate. If the divorce took place after July 27, 2010, you should bring a Divorce Court Decree.
If you are older than 16 years of age: The original police certificate from your country of current residence and countries where you resided for more than one year after the age of 16. If you are Ukrainian citizen or resident, you must present a Ukrainian police certificate issued within the last one year. Police certificates from Crimea issued by the Russian Government will NOT be accepted for visa purposes.
Note: For immigrant and K visa processing the police certificates must include all previously used names and surnames. In order for a police certificate to include all the previously used names and surnames, the requestor must specifically state so. The applicants then must make sure all these names appear on the police certificate.
For employment-based visa applications: Letter from your U.S. employer dated less than one month ago.
If you have ever been convicted of a crime: Court and criminal records, and a photocopy.
If you have served in any country’s military: Military records and a photocopy.
If you are adopted: Adoption papers or custody documents and a photocopy.
If you are the petitioner’s stepchild: The original marriage certificate of the petitioner and your biological parent, and a photocopy.
It is mandatory for all applicants to register their passports and/or other documents for delivery by the courier service company TMM- Express. You must register before your immigrant visa interview. There are two ways to register:
Option №1 (through the website)
Option №2 (through the call center)
Please call 044-383-80-66, Monday-Friday, from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (for calls from Ukraine); or 703-988-7107 (for calls from the United States), Monday-Friday, from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Important, Take Note!!!
You cannot do the interview until you have completed passport delivery registration!
Sending documents to the U.S. Embassy
If the U.S. Embassy requests additional information or documentation from you, you must submit those documents at a TMM Express office. This web page explains how to submit your documents for delivery to the embassy.
Rescheduling or cancelling your interview
If you are unable to attend your appointment, please visit ustraveldocs.com. There may be a significant wait before the next available appointment, so please attempt to attend the date already assigned. For some family-based and employment preference visa categories, a visa became available within the month you have been scheduled by NVC. DV applicants should be aware that visas are numerically limited and must be issued by September 30 of the program year. There is no guarantee that a visa will still be available on the date of your rescheduled interview. Please carefully consult the Visa Bulletin before you decide to reschedule your interview.
Security screening procedures
All visitors to the U.S. Embassy must follow certain security procedures. Any visitor who declines to be screened by U.S. Embassy security personnel will be unable to enter the embassy. To avoid delaying your entry and that of those in line behind you, please bring only what is required for your interview.
The following persons may accompany a visa applicant to their interview:
Attorneys are not permitted to accompany clients into the waiting room or to their interview.
Immigrant visa fees
If you have not paid all required fees to either the National Visa Center or via the appointment website, please be prepared to pay these fees on the day of your interview.
All fees may be paid in U.S. dollars or Ukrainian Hryvnia. We accept cash and credit cards with a dollar account only. Please note that if you are found ineligible to receive a visa, the application fee cannot be refunded. A complete list of fees can be found here.
Do not make travel plans outside of Ukraine
If your visa is approved, we will keep your passport at the embassy while we prepare your immigration packet and print a visa for your passport. We will return your passport to you later via courier services only.
A consular officer can make a decision on a visa application only after reviewing the formal application and interviewing the applicant. There is no guarantee that you will receive a visa. Do not sell your house, car or property, resign from your job, or make non-refundable flight or other travel arrangements until you have received your immigrant visa.
If more information is needed
Sometimes a consular officer is unable to make a decision on a visa application because he/she needs to review additional documents or the case requires further administrative processing. When additional documents are requested, the consular officer will give you a refusal letter that asks you to submit additional documents. The letter will include instructions on how to send those documents to the Embassy.
Administrative processing takes additional time after the interview. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days. However, the timing varies based on the circumstances of each case. Before inquiring about the status of administrative processing, please wait at least 60 days after your interview.
What happens after visa approval
Passport, Visa, and Sealed Immigrant Packet – We will place your immigrant visa on a page in your passport. Please review your visa to make sure there are no spelling errors. We will also give you a sealed envelope containing documents that you must give to U.S. immigration authorities when you arrive in the United States for the first time. Do not open this envelope. You must carry it with you; do not put it in your checked luggage. If you receive x-rays during your medical examination, carry those with you and give them to the U.S. immigration authorities.
USCIS Immigrant Fee – All individuals who are issued immigrant visas overseas must pay an Immigrant Fee to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) prior to traveling to the United States. This fee is for processing your residency status and printing your Permanent Resident Card. The only people exempt from paying this fee are: children entering the United States under the Hague Process, returning residents, and people traveling on a K visa.
When You Should Travel – You must enter the United States before the expiration date on your visa, which is usually the date when your medical examination expires. Your visa cannot be extended and all fees are nonrefundable. The principal applicant must enter before or at the same time as other family members with visas. Children who turn 21 years old after visa issuance must enter the United States before they turn 21 years old; otherwise they will lose their immigrant status.
Getting a Green Card – Your Form I-551 Permanent Resident Card, also known as a green card, will be automatically mailed to the address in the United States that you write in your visa application form. This is a very important document that proves you have permission to reside in the United States. Once your card is issued, you should not stay outside of the United States for more than one year. If you do, you will lose your status as a Lawful Permanent Resident.
Children’s Issues – Children are required to have certain vaccinations before they can enroll in school in the United States. Therefore, we recommend that you bring your child’s complete vaccination records with you to the United States. Additionally, if your child is adopted, you have full custody as a result of a divorce, or you share custody with the child’s other parent; we recommend that you bring a copy of all applicable adoption or custodial papers from the authoritative court in your home country. You will likely need these papers (translated into English) in the United States for issues such as school enrollment, medical care, and eventual citizenship.
Information for New Immigrants – Please visit the USCIS web page for helpful information on moving to the United States. You can read their publication “Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants” online.
If you are interviewing for a Diversity Visa (DV), all of the above instructions apply to you. Please schedule and attend a medical examination prior to your visa interview, register for the required courier service, and gather the required documents.
Below are additional instructions that apply only to DV applicants.
Bring to your interview
In addition to the documents listed on the Pre-Interview Checklist in this package, DV applicants should also bring the following items to your visa interview:
Review your DV Lottery entry
Prior to your visa interview, we recommend that you review the data on your initial E-DV entry. On your initial E-DV application, you must have correctly entered your marital status. If you are legally married you must have listed your spouse, even if you are currently separated from him/her (unless your spouse is a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident).
Additionally, you must have listed ALL of your living children who are unmarried and under 21 years old. This includes your natural children, your spouse’s children, or children you have formally adopted in accordance with the laws of your country.
Failure to have listed an existing spouse or children at the time of your entry in the Diversity Visa lottery will result in the denial of your visa and visas for your family. Any fees paid to the U.S. government in support of your visa application(s) are nonrefundable. If you failed to include a child who had already been born, or a spouse to whom you were married when you entered the lottery, you should not proceed with the visa application. You can review the eligibility requirements online.
For Immigrant Visa Applicants Only, not for K visa applicants
U.S. immigration law requires immigrant visa applicants to obtain certain vaccinations (listed below) prior to the issuance of an immigrant visa. Panel physicians who conduct medical examinations are required to verify that immigrant visa applicants have met vaccination requirements, or that it is medically inappropriate for the visa applicant to receive one or more of the listed vaccinations:
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, rotavirus, hib, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, meningococcal, varicella, pneumococcal, influenza
In order to assist the panel physician and to avoid delays in the processing of an immigrant visa, all immigrant visa applicants should have their vaccination records available for the panel physician’s review at the time of the immigrant medical examination. Visa applicants should consult with their regular health care provider to obtain a copy of their immunization record, if one is available. If you do not have a vaccination record, the panel physician will work with you to determine which vaccinations you may need to meet the requirements. Certain waivers of the vaccination requirement are available upon the recommendation of the panel physician. Only a physician can determine which of the listed vaccinations are medically appropriate for you, given your age, medical history, and current medical condition.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS
The medical examination consists of the following components: IGRA Test for all children ages 2-14, chest x-ray for adults ages 15 and older, blood test for syphilis for adults ages 15 and older, urine test for gonorrhea for adults ages 15 and older, general physical examination, and vaccinations.
The medical screening for tuberculosis of those applying for U.S. immigration is an essential component of the medical evaluation. According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines, any applicant for whom the clinical suspicion of tuberculosis is high enough to warrant treatment for tuberculosis disease, regardless of laboratory results, is considered to have tuberculosis disease and is Class A for Tuberculosis (inadmissible to United States health condition).
All adult applicants ages 15 and older that have a chest x-ray with findings suggestive of tuberculosis have signs and symptoms of tuberculosis should provide three sputum specimens to undergo microscopy for Acid Fast Bacilli (AFB), as well as culture for Mycobacteria Tuberculosis. The results of chest x-ray readings are available the same day.
All applicants 2-14 years of age should have an IGRA Test. The results of IGRA test are available in 24-48 hours. If the IGRA test result is positive or if the applicant has signs and symptoms of tuberculosis, a chest x-ray should be performed. Applicants who have a chest x-ray suggestive of tuberculosis, signs and symptoms of tuberculosis should provide three sputum specimens to undergo microscopy for AFB, as well as culture for Mycobacteria Tuberculosis. Applicants 2-14 years of age with a documented previous history of tuberculosis disease should have a chest x-ray, even if their IGRA test result is negative. All applicants between 2-14 years of age with previous documented positive TST result are not required to do a new TST or IGRA but must do an x-ray instead.
Many applicants may have previously received the BCG (Bacille Calmette-Guérin) vaccination. Prior receipt of BCG does not change the screening requirements or the required actions based on those results.
Applicants 10 years of age or younger who require sputum cultures, regardless of HIV infection status, may travel to the United States immediately after sputum smear analysis while culture results are still pending, provided none of the following conditions exist: sputum smears have already been reported as positive; x-ray findings include one or more cavities or extensive disease; respiratory symptoms include forceful and productive cough; known contact with a person with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis who was infectious at the time of contact.
All applicants 2 years of age and younger must have a physical examination and history provided by a parent. Those applicants who have signs or symptoms suggestive of tuberculosis should have an IGRA test. If the result of IGRA test is positive a chest x-ray should be performed. Applicants who have a chest x-ray suggestive of tuberculosis, signs and symptoms of tuberculosis should provide three sputum specimens to undergo microscopy for AFB, as well as culture for Mycobacteria Tuberculosis.
Sputum smear results are normally available the next day after the last sputum specimen collection. Sputum cultures require a minimum of eight weeks to complete.
Women who are pregnant are required to have a chest x-ray to immigrate but may choose to postpone the chest x-ray until after delivery, but prior to immigration. Pregnant women must provide written consent for the chest x-ray. Pregnant women receiving chest radiographs will be provided abdominal and pelvic protection with double-layer, wrap-around lead shields.
Applicants with HIV infection will have three sputum specimens sent to the laboratory for AFB microscopy and culture. These applicants will not be cleared for travel until the results of the laboratory investigation are available.
Laboratory examination for tuberculosis disease will consist of at least three sputum specimens, which will undergo microscopy for AFB as well as culture for Mycobacteria Tuberculosis. Specimens reported as negative will be cultured for a minimum of six weeks, with a final report available within eight weeks of collection. Positive Mycobacteria Tuberculosis cultures will undergo Drug Susceptibility Testing (DST) for first-line TB medications. DST results will be available within 10-12 weeks of sputum collection. Positive cultures that are resistant to first-line TB drugs will undergo drug susceptibility testing on second-line tuberculosis medications.
The medical evaluation is complete when all required aspects of the medical examination have been completed, including a final report of culture results, and the applicant can be assigned a Tuberculosis Classification. Travel clearances are valid for six months from the time the evaluation is complete for applicants who have no Tuberculosis Classification and who do not have HIV infection. Travel clearances are valid for three months from the time the evaluation is complete for applicants who have any kind of Tuberculosis Classification or who have HIV infection. Applicants who do not travel within the clearance period will need to re-do the entire medical examination. Any applicant diagnosed with pulmonary or laryngeal tuberculosis who needs treatment will not be cleared for travel until completion of successful treatment.
All applicants with pulmonary or laryngeal tuberculosis disease who need treatment will need to complete a minimum of 180 days of Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) prior to U.S. immigration. Applicants with positive sputum smears or positive cultures who do not want to be treated will not travel to the United States. Panel physicians will notify the Consulate of any Tuberculosis disease applicants refusing tuberculosis treatment at a designated DOT facility approved by CDC. Panel physicians will also notify the appropriate public health officials in Ukraine when they diagnose an applicant with tuberculosis disease.
Applicants diagnosed with tuberculosis disease by panel physicians, who are not treated at the designated DOT facilities approved by CDC, but receive treatment at other health care facilities will not be cleared for travel to the United States. These applicants will need to repeat their medical screening examination one year after DOT treatment was completed.
In exceptional medical situations, applicants undergoing pulmonary tuberculosis treatment may petition for a Class A waiver. Form I-601 must be completed. These petitions are reviewed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on an individual basis and considered in situations with extenuating medical circumstances, and also sent to CDC for review. CDC reviews the application and provides an opinion regarding the case. DHS then has the final authority to adjudicate the waiver request.
Please be informed that the information provided above is a general overview of TB screening component of the medical exam. Any case specific interpretations of Technical Instructions can be done only by panel physicians and CDC. More detailed technical information is available at this link: cdc.gov
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS ON MEASLES VACCINATION:
If you have not previously received measles vaccination, please make sure that you are vaccinated prior to your medical examination appointment. During the medical examination there will be separate test to verify that you have received measles vaccination. If the result of this test is negative you will be required to receive measles vaccination and this may delay your medical clearance and travel to the United States.
Last Updated: 1/3/2020
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