US Simplifies Visa Regime For Ukrainians

KIEV, Ukraine -- The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has said that the United States has unilaterally simplified its visa regime for Ukrainians, and citizens who obtained visas a year ago will not now have to be interviewed to obtain them again.

Ministry spokesperson Oleksandr Dykusarov said at a briefing on Wednesday that in order to implement the agreements reached after the third session of the United States-Ukraine Commission on Strategic Partnership, the heads of the consular services of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine had held a working meeting at the ministry on April 7 this year.

"In the context of the further liberalization of the visa regime and the deepening of interpersonal contacts, the U.S. side has announced its unilateral decision to cancel from April 20 this year for the citizens of Ukraine who have already received U.S. visas in the last 12 months the need to have an interview during further applications for several types of visas," he said.

Dykusarov also noted that according to the statistics of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, "more than 10% of the total number of potential applicants" would qualify for this simplification.

Source: Interfax