Ukraine adoption procedural changes

Just received this information from a friend. Effective July 9:

Americans Adopting in Ukraine: Consulate Introduces Two-Day Appointment
System for Issuing Visas to Adopted children
Effective Friday, July 9, 2010, U.S. Embassy Kyiv is requiring advance
appointments for all adoption cases. This is necessary due to the resource
and technical requirements of the immigrant visa process for adoptions. The
two day appointment system covers document intake on the first business
day and a full visa interview on the next business day. The immigrant visa
will be processed to conclusion on the second business day, barring
unforeseen circumstances. Also, when planning your visit to the Embassyb s
Consular Section please note that no adoption processing will take place on the
last Friday of the month and that in all cases, appointments are required.
Additionally, the Consular Section is closed on Ukrainian and American
holidays. Please click on the enclosed link to see the holiday calendar for

When you are ready to finalize your adoption and apply for an immigrant
visa for your child, please e-mail us at _kyivadoptions@state.gov_
( to schedule your two day appointment. We
will schedule you for the next available time slot, and we will e-mail you back
with the confirmed appointment date/time. We schedule appointments between
10:00 a.m. and noon only. Our e-mail confirmation will contain a checklist of
what documents you should bring as well as all forms you should complete.
Please prepare all documents and complete all forms in advance, but do not
sign them (as signatures must be made in a consular officer’s presence.)

Document intake will occur on the first appointment day and the consular
interview will take place on the next business day. (Note that if you are
scheduled to submit your documents on a Friday, you will interview the next
Monday, or the next business day if that Monday is a holiday. Also, no
appointments will be scheduled on the last Friday of the month.) We
generally are able to print and return visas by close of business on the second
appointment day. However, we urge you not make final travel plans until you
have a passport with a printed U.S. immigrant visa for your child in your
possession. If we encounter a technical or other problem which prevents
immediate visa issuance, and you have already made firm travel plans, you may
be severely inconvenienced.
Other Reminders: If one parent needs to sign the I-600 and Acknowledgement
of Health Problems forms and wishes to leave Ukraine before the final
interview, this service will also be available by appointment only. Please
email _kyivadoptions@state.gov_ ( and we will
schedule you for 1:45 p.m. on our soonest available slot and send you a
confirmation e-mail that will contain both I-600 and Acknowledgement of Health
Problems forms to complete (but not sign) in advance. Note: Access to the
Consular Section will be strictly limited to families who have received
e-mail confirmation from us for an appointment on a specific date and time.
Please do not assume you have an appointment for a specific date or time,
even if you requested it in your e-mail, unless you receive confirmation of
that date and time from us. We will respond to you and provide you by email
with the earliest available appointment date after we receive your request.
Adoption Unit/Immigrant Visa Section
Consular Section
American Embassy
Kyiv, Ukraine
Tel: 38-044-4904422
Fax: 38-044-490-4570
_Kyivadoptions@state.gov_ (;_

Please take note!


  1. So this adds another day( at least) to an already long stay.God Bless all who adopt in Ukraine with the speed of God to complete the process.

  2. Leslie F. says:

    It’s hard to believe that AMERICA is adding to the already interminable stress and duration of adopting a Ukrainian child.

  3. actually it was already supposed to be two days now they just made it official. the appointment thing makes things a little sticky though. what if you dont have internet when you are there?

  4. michael redman says:

    Hi There ,

    Please excuse me I am not trying to spam anyone – I just published a book that I think may be helpful to parents who have adopted or are hoping to adoption from Ukraine. Please check it out and pass this on to other parents.

    We have two 12 year olds from a small orphanage in Melitopal and wrote this book as a detailed journal and self help book for adoptive parents.

    It is called “76 Days on Mars, A Ukrainian Adoption Tale” and is available on Amazon. All proceeds go to our orphanage.

    We are also starting a group on called 76 days on Mars, please join us


    Michael Redman

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