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How to Apply for a Tourist Visa to the USA from the Ukraine Brenna Swanston, Leaf Group ; Updated October 27, 2017

Ukrainians looking to visit the United States have to jump through a few hoops to make it happen – an 11-hour flight, sevenhour time difference and visa application included. If you're planning to visit the United States as a tourist, you'll need the B-2 visa for recreational travel. Unfortunately, the B-2 visa application process isn't exactly a walk in the park. Ad

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The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, which regulates visitation to the United States, legally presumes that all tourist visa applicants intend to immigrate to the U.S. and makes the applicants responsible for demonstrating otherwise. If you want that B-2 visa, you'll have to prove that your United States visit is temporary and you're not intending to immigrate

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long-term. To do this, you must show that: Your U.S. trip is temporary, such as for business, recreational or medical treatment. Your visit is for a specific and limited time period. You have the funds to cover your expenses while you're traveling in the United States.

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You have a residence, as well as social and economic ties, outside of the United States, which would ensure your return from your trip.

You'll need to gather the following documents to provide evidence that you're a tourist and not an intending immigrant: Proof of income, tax payments or ownership of property or a business. An itinerary of your travel plans, and any other details about your planned trip. A letter from your employer that details your position, salary, how long you've been employed and your vacation time. Any criminal or court records that pertain to an arrest or conviction anywhere, even if you've already completed your sentence or been pardoned. If you're a student, consider bringing your transcripts or evidence of financial support to prove your student status. Working adults might bring a letter from their employer along with recent pay slips. If you're visiting a relative, bring copies of your relative's proof of status in the United States, and if you've previously visited the United States, bring documents that support your immigration or visa status from that trip.

Proving you're a tourist isn't even an official part of the visa application process. Once you've gathered sufficient evidence to show that you are not, in fact, planning to emigrate from the Ukraine to the United States, you'll still have to obtain and complete all the necessary items for a B-2 visa. Note that the United States often combines the B-2 visa with the B-1 visa, which is valid for visitors traveling on business. Both visas require that you submit the following application items: A non-immigrant visa electronic application form, also known as the DS-160. You can visit the U.S. Travel Docs website to obtain the form. A valid passport with an expiration date that's at least six months beyond your planned visit to the United States. If your passport includes more than one person, each person must submit an application. One passport photograph, sized 2 x 2 inches. Your head must be centered in the frame with your eyes showing, and the background must be white or offwhite without any shadows. Don't cover your face or head, and keep a natural facial expression. A receipt showing that you've paid the $160 visa application fee. A letter confirming that you've booked an interview with the U.S. Embassy in the Ukraine. When completing the DS-160 form, keep in mind that you must fill it out in English with English-language characters, except when you're asked to provide your full name in your native alphabet. The application is online, so note that if you stop working on it for more than 20 consecutive minutes, your session will expire and you may have to start over. Answer all the questions as completely and accurately as possible, or you might have to reschedule your visa interview appointment and start your visa application process from scratch. When you've finished the DS-160, print the barcode application page to submit with your visa application.

As a B-2 applicant from the Ukraine, you'll have to schedule a non-immigrant visa interview appointment with the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. Appointments are free of charge and available Monday through Friday starting at 8 a.m. In order to schedule your appointment with the embassy, you'll need: Your passport number Your Raiffeisen Bank Aval receipt number. The barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page. The barcode should be 10 digits. When you arrive for your interview appointment, make sure to bring a printed copy of your appointment letter, your DS-160 confirmation page, a recent photograph of yourself, your current passport and all old passports, as well as all the application items and supporting documents you'll need. If you have additional questions for the embassy, you can email it in Ukranian, Russian or English or contact the embassy's call center through Skype.

U.S. Travel Docs: Apply for a U.S. Visa in Ukraine(http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ua/ua-niv-typeb1b2.asp) U.S. Travel Docs: Photos and Fingerprints(http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ua/ua-niv-photoinfo.asp) U.S. Travel Docs: Schedule My Appointment(http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ua/ua-niv-appointmentschedule.asp) U.S. Travel Docs: DS-160 Information(http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ua/ua-niv-ds160info.asp) U.S. Department of State: Apply for a Nonimmigrant Visa(https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/) U.S. Visas: DS-160 - Frequently Asked Questions(https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/forms/ds-160--online-nonimmigrant-visa-application/frequentlyasked-questions.html) U.S. Embassy in Ukraine: Nonimmigrant Visas(https://ua.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/)

U.S. Department of State: Apply for a Nonimmigrant Visa(https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/) Embassy of the United States Kiev Ukraine: Profile Creation Page(https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/?language=English&country=Ukraine) Leaf Group is a USA TODAY content partner providing general travel information. Its content is produced independently of USA TODAY.

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