Renew My Visa

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Overview

Certain nonimmigrant visa applicants who were issued a previous U.S. visa do not need to schedule an interview at the Consular Section and may use the Renewal Procedure on Wednesday or the Renewal Procedure by Mail. In addition children under age 14 and adults aged 80 or older who have never held a U.S. visa may apply through the Renewal Procedure by Mail provided they meet all the requirements.

If you have not provided ten fingerprints (U.S. Embassy Kyiv began taking ten fingerprints after December 3, 2007) but you meet all the requirements listed below, you qualify for reissuance.  You may bring your passport and required documents to the Consular Section between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. any Wednesday except official Ukrainian and American holidays to enroll your fingerprints through the Renewal Procedure on Wednesday. 

If your visa was issued after December 3, 2007 and accordingly you have a full set of ten fingerprints taken at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, you may use the Renewal Procedure by Mail provided you meet all the requirements listed below.

Renewal Procedure  - Qualifications

You are eligible for the Renewal Procedure if you meet ALL the following requirements:

  1. You are a citizen of Ukraine.
  2. You are applying for the same visa class as your previous visa.
  3. If you are applying for a B1/B2 or C1/D visa, your previous visa was issued the full five year validity and is currently valid or expired no more than 48 months ago.
  4. If you are applying for an I visa, your previous visa was issued the full three year validity and is currently valid or expired no more than 48 months ago.
  5. If you are applying for an F or M visa, you are either: a)continue participation in the same program even at a different institution; or b) attend the same institution even if a different program, and you possess a current valid visa or a visa that expired no more than 48 months ago.
  6. If you are applying for an E, H, L (except for Blanket L), O, P, or R visa, you must possess a current valid visa or a visa that expired no more than 12 months ago.
  7. Your application is not subject to any ineligibility to receive a visa under U.S. visa law.  Your last visa application was not subject to administrative processing.
  8. Your application for a visa has not been refused or if refused, it has been overcome.

NOTE: The Consular Section reserves the right to request that any applicant appear in person for an interview after reviewing his or her application.  Please plan your travel accordingly. 

Children and adults aged 80 or older

Important information for children and adults aged 80 or older

Children under age 14

If at least one parent has a valid U.S. visa and the child is a citizen of Ukraine, the child's application and all required documents can be sent through the Renewal Procedure by Mail.

Children aged 14 or over with a prior visa issued after December 3, 2007

If at least one parent has a valid U.S. visa and the child is a citizen of Ukraine, the child's application and all required documents can be sent through the Renewal Procedure by Mail.

Children aged 14 or over with a prior visa issued before December 3, 2007 or who never previously received a visa 

If at least one parent has valid U.S. visa and the child is a citizen of Ukraine, the child can apply in person through the Renewal Procedure on Wednesday.

Adults aged 80 or older

Applicants who are 80 or older, citizens of Ukraine, and meet the requirements for the Renewal Procedure do not need to appear in person for the interview.  Applicants aged 80 or older who have not previously applied for or received a U.S. visa also do not need to appear in person.  Such applicants can submit their visa applications through the Renewal Procedure by Mail.

How to Apply through Renewal Procedure by Mail

Step 1

Pay the visa application fee. The Visa Fees webpage lists all visa fees associated with the most common nonimmigrant visa classes. The Pay My Visa Fee webpage provides instructions how to submit payment.

Step 2

Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) and print the confirmation page.

Step 3

Create an account on the Registration webpage. If you meet the requirements for Renewal Procedure by Mail, follow the steps to receive a Renewal Confirmation Letter containing a document checklist. Print the Renewal Confirmation Letter and bring it to a TMM Express office along with the required documents. A TMM Express employee will seal your documents in an envelope and deliver them to the U.S. Embassy.

Step 4

If additional information is needed to complete processing of your case, you will be informed by email. If your application is approved, your passport and U.S. visa will be delivered to the TMM Express location selected when you printed the Renewal Confirmation Letter. Details on passport delivery are available on the Track & Receive My Passport webpage.

How to Apply through Renewal Procedure on Wednesday

Step 1

Pay the visa application fee. The Visa Fees webpage lists all visa fees associated with the most common nonimmigrant visa classes. The Pay My Visa Fee webpage provides instructions how to submit payment.

Step 2

Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) and print the confirmation page.

Step 3

Create an account on the Registration webpage. If you meet the requirements for Renewal Procedure on Wednesday, follow the steps to receive a Renewal Confirmation Letter containing a document checklist. If you meet the requirements, you will receive a Renewal Confirmation Letter instructing you to visit the Embassy on Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. except official Ukrainian and American holidays.

Step 4

Come to the U.S. Embassy with the required documents.

Required Documents

  1. Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) confirmation page. Please ensure you are applying for the correct visa classification.
  2. Renewal Confirmation Letter
  3. Valid international passport
  4. Passport with the prior U.S. visa. If your prior U.S. visa is still valid and you do not have the visa in your possession, you must obtain confirmation from the passport agency (OVIR) that the old passport containing the visa was destroyed. If your prior visa has expired and you no longer have your prior passport, you do not need confirmation from OVIR.
  5. Additional documents depending on the visa class may be required. Please visit our individual pages describing visa classes and document requirements
  6. Additional required documents for children under age 16:
  • Copy of the child’s birth certificate
  • Original notarized statement from BOTH parents giving permission for the child to travel to the U.S., together with a photocopy of the biographic information page and signature page of each parent's internal or international passport

The original notarized statement from BOTH parents for a child to travel abroad is NOT required if:

  • One of the parents is deceased; a death certificate of the deceased parents should be submitted.
  • One of the parents was denied paternal rights; the court decision on depriving parental rights should be submitted.

If the whole family is submitting documents (e.g. parents with children), please make sure to place all documentation together into one envelope.  Family needs to have one visa renewal confirmation letter with the list of needed documents for visas.  

NOTE: Failure to provide any of the required documents described above will cause a delay in visa processing. If a document is not listed, it is not required. For example, please do not provide photocopies of previous passports, bank statements, property deeds, etc.