Re: Hey Steve, About Those Exit Visas . . .

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Posted by SteveK on February 16, 2001 at 13:29:30:

In Reply to: Hey Steve, About Those Exit Visas . . . posted by Dan on February 16, 2001 at 11:45:19:

Hey Dan,

The definitive answer to this is as follows:

Ukraine doesn't have any "exit visas". I believe that in order to travel to Russia you need both an entry visa and an exit visa. There's no such thing in the Ukraine.

Ukrainian authorities do not recognize "Green cards". They are issued by the US government and don't mean anything outside of the United States. However if someone is a Ukrainian citizen, that person has a Ukrainian passport. This document is issued by the Ukraine and that's what they recognize and rely on. If your Ukrainian passport doesn't have a stamp in it that says that you are permanently residing in the United States, then for a Ukrainian customs official it means that you must have a US visa in order to travel to the United States. If you don't have it then they are not going to let you though because they must assume that the US customs will not let you through. This stamp is called "Exit visa" by some people, however it has nothing to do with what this term really means. Think about it, ukrainian visa for a ukrainian citizen?

Also I believe if you stay in a foreign country for more than 90 days (I am not sure about how long) by Ukrainian law you must register with the local Ukrainian consulate. This is a simple process: you send them your passport and payment, they send it back to you with a stamp that says that you have been registered.

So an "exit visa" is a combination of these two stamps in your passport.

: When I wrote "Maybe" in the Subject line, it was because there was no way to determine the actual problem from what little information was offered in the original post. I was just speculating.

: To be frank, I am quite confused over this entire subject of "Exit Visas" and there seems little clarity forthcoming from the Ukraine authorities. If you know something definitive, PLEASE share it with us.

: I am pretty resourceful and have lots of contacts in Ukraine that normally provide me great insights into any questions I have, but this one has proven elusive - so I'm anxious to gather a factual description of the process, risks, and current issues aroud this topic. Any and all comments are welcome.

: - Dan

: : : It has to do with failure to acquire proper Ukrainian-issued exit visas *before* they departed Ukraine. I'm not certain, but there has been some significant discussion on the topic of 'exit visas' on this board in the recent past. I suggest you look over those discussions and see if this may be the source of the problem.

: : : - Dan

: : : : Hello,
: : : : I have friends told me now Ukraine govt stopping green card holders from returning back to USA. Has nyone heard of Ukranian immigration from taking their passports to prevent from returning back to USA

: : Absolutely not true. If you have all your paperwork in order nobody is going to stop you. Your passport must have 2 stamps in it. The first one says that you are residing permanently in some country other than Ukraine (US I presume) and the second one should say that you have been registered with the local consulate of Ukraine (New York, Chicago, Washington, DC) No problems whatsoever.

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