How Does the Conflict in Ukraine Affect My US Fiance Visa?

The situation in Ukraine began escalating about a year ago when pro-Russian separatists started making more aggressive moves towards occupying Crimea and the Russian government didn’t oppose such actions with any enforcement. The Department of State declared a travel warning to Eastern Ukraine in August, 2014. This situation has the potential to disrupt or at least cause concern for those currently planning on immigrating to the US.

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US Travel Warning zone. CC commons courtesy of futureatlas.com on Flickr (modified).

Delays traveling to Ukraine?

We have spoken with a number of customers who are uncomfortable traveling to Ukraine  to visit their fiancee. Partially due to the travel warning, but also partially due to just the fear of being in a conflict zone. Some areas of the country are deemed unsafe for Americans, so it does have the potential to slow that process down if you are weary of traveling there, and if you haven’t met your fiance in person yet.

Delays with processing?

There haven’t been any official announcements citing any explicit delays for a Ukrainian fiance visa. We even reached out to the US GSS Service Desk. We asked if the conflict is causing any delays. Their response was pretty unhelpful, yet swift:

Thank you for using our Visa Information Support service. Please be informed, that Consular officers look at each application individually and consider professional, social, cultural and other factors during adjudication. Consular officers may look at your specific intentions, family situation, and your long-range plans and prospects within your country of residence. Each case is examined individually and is accorded every consideration under the law. Procedure and more information about Fiancé visa, can be found here: http://ustraveldocs.com/ua/ua-iv-typek.asp Should you have any other queries, you can contact our customer service representative or check the website: http://ustraveldocs.com/ua  Best Regards, US GSS Service Desk

Basically, the take home is that there don’t seem to be any official acknowledgement of any slowdowns. It’s essentially business as usual. It doesn’t appear that people from the conflict area are being denied at a higher level due to the conflict either.

In a Nutshell…

We have recently seen a slight decrease in fiance applications from Ukraine, however, it appears most of that is related to the US petitioner being too concerned to travel, or people are changing their plans based on how the conflict is affecting them directly. What it does not seem to be happening is the conflict directly resulting in increased denials or technical delays.

If you have any questions about the process, give us a call at 1 (800) 872-1458.



Disclaimer: The information herein is not intended as legal advice and is provided for general information only.Questions involving interpretation of specific U.S. laws should be addressed to an attorney and/or government officials.

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