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.
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:[gap height=”15px”][/gap]
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.