US granted more nonimmigrant visas to Ukrainians last year than ever before, - Pyatt

In 2015, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine granted more nonimmigrant visas to citizens of Ukraine than ever before, with business and tourism visas having been granted for a 10-year period since 2014.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine, this was announced by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt.

According to Pyatt, consular services have been a priority for the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. He stated that since 2014, the Ukrainians have been issued with 10-year business and tourism visas - a maximum stipulated by the U.S. legislation. In October last year, the same term started to be applied to Ukrainian sailors, flight attendants, and crew members of commercial ships, the diplomat added.

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When asked about a U.S.-Ukraine visa liberalization, Pyatt said there was a number of requirements needed to be performed under the Visa Waiver Program, including in the sphere of execution of punishments, mutual use of security data bases, electronic passports, less than three percent of visa denials, high level of the fight against terrorism, border control standards, etc.

The ambassador stressed the importance of human relations between the two countries, saying that the U.S. was aware of Ukrainians' aspiration for a visa-free regime.
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