Ukrainians usually immigrate to the United States because they qualify due to family relationships, work or investment, reports the Embassy of the United States in Kyiv, Ukraine. This process involves a sponsor filing a petition for the immigrant with the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. They can also apply for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which chooses a specific number of qualified immigrants yearly by lottery.
For those immigrating to the United States through the petitions of sponsors, the USCIS passes applications on to the National Visa Center after approving them, explains the Embassy of the United States in Kyiv. After further processing applications, the NVC schedules interview appointments at the nearest consulate. Before their interviews, applicants must register for a visa pickup location with the courier service TMM-Express. Applicants should bring all necessary documentation to the interview with them.
Applicants for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program must apply online during the registration period, according to the Embassy of the United States at Kyiv. Once they register, applicants should check the status of their applications online on the Diversity Visa website, as the U.S. Department of State does not notify those they select. Selected applicants receive online instructions about how to confirm their acceptance and pay immigration fees, notes the U.S. Department of State. They then participate in an interview at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.