Beginning April 19, 2004, the U.S. Embassy in Kiev will start processing immigrant visas for orphans adopted by U.S. citizens in Ukraine (immediate relative visas – IR-3 and IR-4). Previously, upon completion of the Ukrainian adoption, all American families had to travel to the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, for issuance of the immigrant visa to their child(ren). The opening of adoption immigrant visa processing in Kiev should represent a significant savings in terms of time and resources for American families.
This change does not alter the nature of the immigrant visa process for adopted orphans, which is initiated by an American citizen filing a petition I-600A (Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition) with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.
The U.S. Embassy in Kiev will be among the first U.S. Embassies worldwide to obtain the most recent immigrant visa technology – machine-readable immigrant visas. Although the documentary requirements for the orphan immigrant visa will remain virtually unchanged, the actual immigrant visa will be put in the child’s passport. Accompanying documents will be hand-carried in a separate packet for presentation to immigration inspectors at U.S. ports of entry. The only change for parents will be that a frontal facial photo of the child will now be required in addition to the three-quarter photo.
Prospective adoptive parents who plan to complete an adoption in Ukraine after April 19 should contact the U.S. Embassy in Kiev to confirm that the I-600A approval notice (a Visas 37 cable) has been transferred from Warsaw to Kiev
Telephone numbers: (38-044) 490-4422; (38-044) 490-4079; fax: (38-044) 236-4892; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, will continue to process immigrant visas for children adopted in Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.