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Mykhailo asks: How can I extend my Ukrainian international passport in Indonesia?
Expert's answer:
You should contact the embassy of Ukraine to Indonesia directly to get the latest info about this issue.
CW asks: Hello! I have also been speaking with a woman from, Alchevsk Ukraine like others here. I have requested Skype from her but all she can do is send me a video message from her smartphone because she says the internet is not working in her area because her town is in the center of the war with Russia and internet video doesn't work. She has done everything I have asked of her in the cellphone video such as saying my name the she says hello etc. We have been emailing for a few weeks now, but she has not asked me for money yet. And I stress "yet." What do you suggest I ask her next to confirm her identity before taking this any further and is her claim about Skype and internet capabilities legitimate? Thank you for your consideration. Respectfully, CW
Expert's answer:
It is true that Alchevsk is in the conflict zone however it is located relatively far from the border where the fighting is taking place. Separatist authorities themselves offer consultations via Skype, so the allegation that it is impossible to use it in Alchevsk looks dubious. You can also ask to send you a set of photos taken, for example, on Lenin Square in the center of Alchevsk to prove that this "person" actually lives in Alchevsk. Of course the best way is to offer to meet in Kyiv as travel restrictions have been lifted. A real person can do it without your help.
Gala asks: Hi, I have both Ukrainian and American passports. If I enter Ukraine on my Ukrainian passport (bc of corona virus), would I have trouble leaving on an American passport since it won't have a record of my arrival to Ukraine, and as I understand customs tend to check your stay?
Expert's answer:
You can use your Ukrainian passport to enter and leave the country, and use your US passport when entering the US.
Katrin asks: Does Ukrainian citizens require a student visa to get to Germany? Or can they apply to the residency directly in Germany after being accepted in a university and traveling using the free visa granted for Ukrainian citizenship?
Expert's answer:
Ukrainians require visas to study in Germany. More info about studying in Germany.
Rudy asks: Is it safe for a Canadian to travel to Stakhanov since Luhansk is in the war zone? Thank you.
Expert's answer:
You can't go to Stakhanov since it is not controlled by the Ukrainian authorities and is controlled by the separatists of the Lugansk People's Republic. Since we constantly receive such requests, you should not trust anyone claiming living in this zone, just offer to meet in Kyiv, a real person can do it without any help from you. And of course, before that, you should talk to this person many times via video calls and not just emails. All who refuse to do it are not trustworthy.
David asks: I am considering marrying my Ukrainian girlfriend. I am a resident of USA. If I marry in Ukraine will that be considered a legal marriage here in the USA. Thank you.
Expert's answer:
It will be considered legal marriage. In general, it will be easier for you if you register your marriage in the US (if you plan to live in the US), the only difficulty will be obtaining a visa for your bride. If the marriage is concluded in Ukraine, then the process of family reunion after marriage with a citizen of the US will take 7-12 months, since you will have to prove that the marriage is not fictitious in the US consulate in Ukraine. Also in the US, some states only recognize church marriages.
Larry asks: USA citizen married 5 years to Ukraine citizen living in USA, will retire to Ukraine. Do I need a visa before leaving USA or can I start residence application when arrive Ukraine since married 5 years already. Thank you.
Expert's answer:
As a citizen of the US, you don't need a visa to enter Ukraine, if your stay doesn't exceed 90 days in 180 days period. To get a permanent residence permit in Ukraine, you need to get an immigration permit. Immigration permits beyond the established quotas are granted to a spouse, if the other spouse with whom he/she is married for longer than two years is a Ukrainian citizen. So you have the right to get an immigration permit. When in Ukraine, you should go to the local office of the Migration Service of Ukraine to get more info about the process.
Kathryn asks: I was adopted from Kharkiv when I was 16 months old. I now live in America and do not speak Russian. I want to return to Ukraine and go to Kyiv, Kharkiv, and other places. I want to learn both Russian and Ukrainian in the future, but I want to go to Ukraine in 3 years. What language should I learn first?
Expert's answer:
I would personally choose to learn the Russian language at first. The reasons are simple. It is spoken by much more people in the world, most people in Ukraine also know Russian and speak it especially in the eastern part of the country including Kyiv and Kharkiv. Also, the cultural heritage in Russian is much larger, primarily literature.
Anastasia asks: Hello, I was born in Ukraine but moved to the US with my parents. They received US citizenship and I also received it automatically (I was a minor at the time). I have a US passport and Ukrainian international passport (I did it at the Ukrainian embassy in the US) but not an inner Ukrainian passport. Am I still considered an official citizen of Ukraine?
Expert's answer:
If you yourself haven't renounced your Ukrainian citizenship, then Ukraine still considers you to be its citizen. You have the right to obtain an internal passport of a citizen of Ukraine, if you want. But it is possible only in Ukraine, the embassy can't issue it. To enter Ukraine, you will have to show your Ukrainian international passport. To return to the US, you will show the document confirming that you are a citizen of the US.
Ben asks: Pls my Ghanaian friend will like to study in Ukraine and she has got an invitation from one of the universities in Ukraine. Can she get a visa by a language course in Ukraine?
Expert's answer:
She should check the following official site about studying in Ukraine, ask them directly, if she still has any questions.

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