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U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country

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Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 120Months
C-2 None One 6 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 120 Months
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 None Two 3 Months
E-2C 12 None Two 3 Months
F-1 None Multiple 36 Months
F-2 None Multiple 36 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-2R None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 36 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 36 Months 3
I None Multiple 36 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 36 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 36 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 36 Months
L-2 None Multiple 36 Months
M-1 None Multiple 36 Months
M-2 None Multiple 36 Months
N-8 None Multiple 36 Months
N-9 None Multiple 36 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 36 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 36 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 36 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 36 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 36 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 36 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 36 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 36 Months
R-2 None Multiple 36 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None One 1 Month
U-2 None One 1 Month
U-3 None One 1 Month
U-4 None One 1 Month
U-5 None One 1 Month
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8

Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes

  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Original civil documents (called in general certificates of state registration of the acts of civil status) issued or re-issued on the territory of Ukraine are accepted regardless of the country (USSR, Poland, or Ukraine) or date of issuance. 

Re-issuance of a certificate of state registration of the act of civil status is done on the basis of the records of civil status.  Re-issuance applies to the cases when the original certificate was stolen, lost, damaged or destroyed or in case of changes to the record of civil status or its renewal.  The application must be submitted by the person, for whom the record was made, or parents, adoptive parents, guardians, a representative of health, education or other child care facility where the child permanently resides, or a guardian authority.  It is possible for a third party to request the re-issuance if that person has a proper power of attorney.  Certificate of state registration of act of civil status is issued to representatives of the education or other child care facility where the child permanently resides, or a guardian authority upon presentation of a proxy issued by the institution and documents proving the person’s identity.

Persons 16 years of age may apply for the re-issuance of a certificate upon presentation of a passport (a passport document).

Persons who have applied to the Department of state registration of acts of civil status (at the location of the birth record) personally may receive the re-issued certificates of state registration of acts of civil status the same day upon presentation of their passport or a passport document.  If the application for re-issuance of the certificate has been received by mail (by the department at the location of the birth record), the certificate is issued in 15-day period and sent to the department of state registration of acts of civil status at the place of residence of the applicant.

The documents intended for use abroad in all countries that are parties to the Hague Convention on the Abolition of Legalization of Documents need to be apostilled. Documents which have been certified by RAGS or a local notary office can be affixed with an apostille by the Ministry of Justice. Documents that bear an apostille need not be authenticated by an American consular officer for use in the United States. Documents issued in Ukraine are apostilled by the Ministry of Justice, located at: 73 Artema St. in Kyiv at these phone numbers: +38-044-486-4216 (civil registry documents, i.e., death, birth, marriage, divorce certificates, etc.) in Room 155; and +38-044-486-4988 (notarized documents) in Room 118. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon. A regular apostille takes one day. However, in certain cases the process may take up to 20 business days if the Ministry does not have a copy of the seal and/or signature on file.

An e-Register of Apostilles was introduced in Ukraine in October 2015. The e-Register of Apostilles is a single database of apostilles put on documents issued by judicial and court agencies, as well as documents executed by notaries of Ukraine and on all other kinds of documents. The e-Register of Apostilles can be accessed here.

Some civil records were destroyed during World War II. Local authorities generally will issue a certificate to that effect; the process may easily take several months. In other cases, records of persons in what used to be Ukraine were transferred to neighboring countries when borders shifted.

Marriages and divorces in occupied Crimea or in the non-government controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (the “Donetsk People’s Republic” [DPR] and the “Luhansk People’s Republic” [LPR]) are not legally recognized in Ukraine and therefore do not establish a valid legal relationship for U.S. immigration purposes.  Only marriages and divorces performed by Ukrainian authorities and evidenced by official documents issued by the Ukrainian authorities are valid. 

Ukrainian authorities do not issue birth or death certificates based solely off certificates issued by Russian authorities in Crimea or by the so-called “DPR” and “LPR.”  Individuals with birth or death certificates issued in these regions may seek a Ukrainian court decree ordering the issuance of a Ukrainian birth or death certificate.

 

As marriages and divorces performed in Crimea or in the non-government controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts are not legally recognized, individuals will need to legally marry outside Crimea or the non-government controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts to create a legal relationship.   

Notarized/certified copies of civil documents are not accepted and therefore not created in Ukraine.

General Issuing Authority Information:

Civil documents are generally available in Ukraine through local or oblast (district or regional) departments of state registration of acts of civil status (DRATsS).   Diplomatic missions and Consular sections of Ukraine abroad, and also the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine can also accept requests for civil documents.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees:  < USD 1

Document Name: Svidotstvo pro narodzhennya

Issuing Authority: District or regional State registration of civil status offices

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: All kinds of birth certificates issued on the territory of current Ukraine are accepted. All of them bear a wet seal and a signature of the executive officer of the issuing authority.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Department Head of the State registration of civil status office

Registration Criteria: Defined by Family Code of Ukraine

Procedure for Obtaining: The applicant must request birth certificates from one of the two locations: 1) district DRATsS (Civil Registry Office of the Department of Justice) either at the place of residence or at the place where the registration of document took place; 2) Ukrainian consulate or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (for residents of other countries).

Certified Copies: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Death Certificates

Available

Fees: None for original issuance;  < USD 1 for re-issuance

Document Name: Svidotstvo pro smert

Issuing Authority: District or regional State registration of civil status offices

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: All kinds of death certificates issued on the territory of current Ukraine are accepted.  All of them bear a wet seal and a signature of the executive officer of the issuing authority

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Department Head of the State registration of civil status office

Registration Criteria: Defined by Family Code of Ukraine

Procedure for Obtaining: Similar to that of obtaining the birth certificate.  Close relatives such as grandchildren may apply for the document

Certified Copies: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  None

 

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage

Available

Fees: < USD 1 for original issuance; < USD 1 for re-issuance

Document Name: Svidotstvo pro shlyub

Issuing Authority: District or regional State registration of civil status offices

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: All kinds of marriage certificates issued on the territory of current Ukraine are accepted.  All of them bear a wet seal and a signature of the executive officer of the issuing authority

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Department Head of the State registration of civil status office

Registration Criteria: Defined by Family Code of Ukraine

Procedure for Obtaining: Issued to the married couple on the day of the civil marriage registration. The procedure of obtaining a re-issued document is the same as for the birth certificate.  Re-issuance of the marriage certificate is not possible if the marriage has been terminated. In such case, the extract from the state registry can confirm the dates of marriage and divorce and the surnames prior to marriage registration and after divorce.

Certified Copies: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: Extract from the State registry of civil status of citizens about the marriage to confirm the premarital surnames (in case the marriage has been terminated)

Exceptions: None

Comments: According to the Family Code of Ukraine, religious marriage ceremonies are not recognized as a legal marriage.  A marriage is only considered legal after its registration with the civil registry office and it is only legal from the date it is registered in the registry office.

Same-sex marriages are not possible in Ukraine. According to Article 21 of Ukrainian Family code, marriage is defined as a registered union between male and female partners.

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees: < USD 1 for original issuance; < USD 1 for re-issuance

Document Name: Svidotstvo pro rozirvannya shlyubu

Issuing Authority: District or regional State registration of civil status offices

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: All kinds of divorce certificates issued on the territory of current Ukraine are accepted.  All of them bear a wet seal and a signature of the executive officer of the issuing authority

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Department Head of the State registration of civil status office

Registration Criteria: Defined by Family Code of Ukraine; after July 27, 2010 the certificate is issued only to the couples without minor children or in case one of the couple is duly qualified as missing or incompetent

Procedure for Obtaining: Depends on the article of Family Code under which the marriage is terminated but in general the procedure is similar to that of obtaining the birth certificate

Certified Copies: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: Court decree about the marriage termination if it came into effect after July 27, 2010

Exceptions:  None

Comments: Marriage is considered legally terminated in all cases when the applicant produces a divorce certificate and in cases when the applicant produces a court decree which came into effect on or after July 27, 2010, in lieu of the divorce certificate.

Adoption Certificates

Unavailable

Alternate Documents: Adoption court decree or Record from the State Registry.

Exceptions:  None

Comments: These are the optional documents. Adoption court decree and the new birth certificate are sufficient documents for an adoption.

Identity Card

National ID Cards

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Passport of citizen of Ukraine – ID card

Issuing Authority: State migration service of Ukraine

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Plastic card in ID-1 format with dimensions of 54 x 85.6 (+/-0.75) mm. The ID card is made of multilayer polymer material (polycarbonate) with laser data engraving technology. The front side of the ID card has the state flag of Ukraine, the small state coat of arms of Ukraine and the text of national anthem of Ukraine. The back side of the card has an optically variable image of the digitized picture of the passport holder’s face and holder’s year of birth separated by a space in the middle.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  There is no issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: ID cards are issued to Ukrainian citizens who have reached the age of 16.

Procedure for Obtaining: The applicant needs to contact the local department of State Migration services based on the place of registration in Ukraine. The applicant needs to provide his or her Ukrainian birth certificate and internal passports of his or her parents.  Average processing time is 30 days.

Certified Copies: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: Beginning in 2016, the Passport of Citizen of Ukraine is being replaced by a new format ID card for all those applying for the first time. Holders of Passports of Citizen of Ukraine needing a new document will receive a replacement Passport of Citizen of Ukraine rather than the new format ID card. 

Exceptions: None

Comments: There are two versions of the ID card available – with electronic chip and without electronic chip.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available

Fees: None for regular processing

Document Name: “dovidka”, followed by the number.

Issuing Authority: Departments of Information and Analysis of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, central and local

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Effective January 1, 2015 Police certificates are issued on secure professionally printed letterheads. They used to be produced on a laser printer on regular office paper of A5 format.  Bears a wet seal and a signature of the Department’s head

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Head of Department

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: In Ukraine the certificate must be obtained in the regional centers from the Departments of Information Technology at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, or in the local MIA service centers. Detailed information and sample in Ukrainian is available at this website.

Applicants (or thirds persons with POA, on their behalf) request the records by submitting a written request at the local Department (or Embassy/Consulate if abroad). The applicants must bring the original and a copy of a passport document. Usually it takes up to 30 days to get the results. 

Certified Copies: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Police certificates from Crimea issued by the Russian Government are NOT accepted.

Exceptions  None

Comments: 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.

NOTE: Police certificates from Crimea issued by the Russian Government are not acceptable for visa purposes. Applicant must provide the standard Ukrainian police certificate issued on the territory controlled by the Ukrainian Government.  


Court Records

Available

Fees:  There are no fees

Document Name: Sudove rishennya

Issuing Authority: Courts of Ukraine or Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Conviction court decrees must carry a wet seal, date they came into effect, signature of the judge(s) and the court's secretary

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  There is no issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria:  There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: The courts issue these documents. Third parties and parties not present in the court are sent copies via mail

Certified Copies: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  None

 

Prison Records

Unavailable - Convicted applicants need to provide original of Court Record with copy and translation.

Military Records

Military Records

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Prypysne svidotstvo, Viyskovyy kvytok, Posvidchennya ofitsera (for  officers and generals currently in service)

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Defense (Military Enlistment Office)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Military books issued during the Soviet times have red cover; Ukrainian-issued ones have gray or green cover.  The first page features a photograph, wet seal and a signature of the Military Commissioner

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Military Commissioner

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: All males who turn 17 receive a registration certificate which shows which Military Enlistment Office this person is attached to.  Later the person receives either a military book or a temporary military book (because of the lack of military books).  Officers and generals in active service receive officer’s books.

Certified Copies: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: Although military books never expire, some elderly males may have turned in their military books to their Military Enlistment Office.  Similarly, a person may turn in his military book when he works for certain state organizations (i.e. Secret Service).  In such cases, a certificate may be issued by the Office or the Ministry of Defense to that effect

Comments: Ukraine is a country with universal conscription.  All males aged 18 years old or older, and some females (those who contracted for a military service and those having special occupations: medical; communications; computing; optical and audio measurement tools and metrology; cartography and topogeodesy etc) have military records of some sort.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Travel Documents

Types Available: Regular, Diplomatic, Official, Travel document of a child.

Fees: Depend on the urgency of issuance; from $45 to $100

Document Name: Pasport gromadyanyna Ukrayiny dlya vyizdu za kordon

Issuing Government Authority: State Migration Service (since 01/01/2013), Embassies/Consulates of Ukraine

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Blue cover. Issued for 10 years without a possibility to prolong.  Bio page: map of Ukraine changes color from bronze red to bronze green; last and first name are in Ukrainian and transliterated in English; all symbols are laser-engraved; visa pages contain ornaments and heraldic symbols of different regions of Ukraine.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  There is no issuing authority personnel title

Registration Criteria: There is no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining: Citizens of Ukraine may apply at any department of State Migration Service; the procedures may be different at different departments

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents

Exceptions: None

Comments:  As of April 2015, Ukraine discontinued printing the child travel document. Children are now issued a biometric passport valid for four years.  However, passport issuing offices may use the stock of child travel document blanks they have until it is exhausted.

Other Documents Available: There are no other documents available

Other Records

Not applicable. 

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Contact Information

Post Title: U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine

Address: 4 Igor Sikorsky St, Kyiv 04112 Ukraine

Phone Number:,  Call Center for visa services: for calls from Ukraine - 044-383-8066;  for calls from the United States – 703-988-7107

EMAIL:  kyiviv@state.gov

Visa Services: All Immigrant visas and Nonimmigrant visas including Visas 91, 92 and 93

Comments / Additional Information: None

Visa Services

Visa Services:

Call Center for visa services: for calls from Ukraine - 044-383-8066;  for calls from the United States – 703-988-7107

Interview location: : 4 Igor Sikorsky St, Kyiv 04112 Ukraine