Posted by jacko on March 05, 2005 at 09:40:51:
In Reply to: Ukrainian view about changes to visa rules? posted by Constantine on March 04, 2005 at 23:31:06:
Even though I understand your feelings on some of what you spoke of, alot I found to be silly and not realistic.
For one thing one day when your peple show that they will visit other countries of more opportunity just to visit and not stay, then things will be different. When people of richer nations visit Ukraine they come to visit and spend money. If they actually come to live there , then they come as a resident but to get residency in Ukraine Americans have a complicated process as well, including showing bank statements of savings or pension income to support themselves for atleast a yr. Now I am sure the Ukrainians who can show they have a enough income to live in America for a period of time without needing financial support from Us government can get visa as well. But be warned medical insurance veery expensive and for this reason America doesn't have recipocal agrrement with any country outside North America for medical coverage.
Another comment that was silly was the one about having Ukrainian language applications. Last time I listened to my wife speak Ukrainian I was able to understand most of what she said(i speak Russian not Ukrainan) The idea is to have forms that are cost effective and not to be so anal. Your country does not have forms for British english as well as American English. Ukrainian and Russian similar language. Over half the people in Ukraine do not speak Ukrainian but all speak Russian, that means that a large amount of Ukrainain ethnics do not speak Ukrainian and there is no reason they should if they do not want. I'snt what happened in Latvia and Moldova enough. I think Ukraine should at leat make Russian an official language as in 2 official languages. The fact is the world is speaking in one voice on alot of matters. English is the international language. Odessa gets tourists from over 50 countries speaking over 50 languages, do you think its practical to have menu in restaurant in every language. Ofcourse not so they pick the language that most likely people from different countries might speak, which is english(In Roman empire everyone learned to speak like the Romans so in American empire everyone should speak English,lol, just kidding). Remember that during soviet union Russian was the international language of the countries in their sphere of influence.
Another thing kind of silly is the thing about having to go to Poland. I agree with you about the inconveniance. I t's inconveniant for Americans as well but part of the reason is because of your own government. It seems that years ago custums gave Ukrainian citizens problems when leaving Ukraine on American visa. I know plenty of Ukrainians who say they found it necessary to leave Ukraine for another country(poland) before coming to usa because Ukrainian custons a big problem. I believe the situation has improves alot in last 5 yrs and maybe soon you will be able to go to kiev because I know alot of operations in warsaw have become available in kiev recently, ones that are more helpful to Americans but ofcourse all embassies have tio help there own citizens first.
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