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Olena asks: Hello I am Ukrainian with a regular non bio-metric passport, I bought a flight to Mexico with a stop in France for 4 hours, do I need any visa for airport transit in France?
Expert's answer:
If you stay in the transit zone, don't leave the airport or change the terminal, you don't need a visa.
Ian asks: I am talking to a girl from Donetsk. She wants to help me get a passport. She says that she has to travel to Kiev to apply because in Donetsk there are no offices. Is this true?
Expert's answer:

Donetsk, as well as part of the Donetsk region, is not controlled by Ukrainian officials at the moment. It is known as the Donetsk People's Republic and controlled by the pro-Russian separatists. There are regular daily buses running from Donetsk to Kyiv, the price is about 25-30 USD.

Locals have to leave the conflict zone to get any Ukrainian documents (including new bio-metric international passports allowing Ukrainians to visit the Schengen countries without visas). The passes allowing to leave/return to the zone are issued by the Security Service of Ukraine online for free.

Just for your information, the price of an international bio-metric passport in Ukraine is about 20-40 USD and it takes 7-20 days to get it. As we receive similar requests almost every day, our advice is not to send any help to a person in Ukraine, especially in parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions controlled by separatists like in your case, before you are absolutely sure that this person is real.

At least talk to this person several times via something like Skype with a webcam turned on. After it, you should arrange your meeting in Ukraine (in Kyiv). Otherwise you are doing it on your risk.

Anon asks: A Ukrainian lady friend has applied for her passport through a travel agency and sent me a copy. I notice on the second line of the machine code, it has a letter M instead of F. When I queried the travel agent, they said it was a non-biometric passport and they said the colour was dark blue. Am I being taken for a ride?
Expert's answer:

Yes, it all sounds suspicious especially if this is an image of a fake passport where they forgot to replace M (Male) with F (Female), if it is the case. There is no need to use the services of any "agencies" to get a passport. In any case, a personal presence is required to issue it.

Just for your information, the price of an international bio-metric passport in Ukraine is about 20-40 USD and it takes 7-20 days to get it, delays of up to 1 month are also possible. As we receive similar requests almost every day, our advice is not to send any help to a person in Ukraine, especially in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, before you are absolutely sure that this person is real. At least talk to this person several times via something like Skype with a webcam turned on. After it, you should arrange your meeting in Ukraine (in Kyiv). Otherwise you are doing it on your risk.

Shehun asks: Hi. I am an international student and I want to study stomatology at Kyiv medical university. When I am done, would I be able to work in the United States or United Kingdom?
Expert's answer:
You can do it, but it will not be easy as you will have to go through a complex procedure of confirming your knowledge and skills. Check this article about confirming your diploma in the US. You can use Google Translate, if you need translation.
Anita asks: Sir, can an Indian student studying Mbbs in Ukraine apply for Ukrainian PR, and how?
Expert's answer:
You can find official info about obtaining a temporary residence permit on the site of the Migration Service of Ukraine. One of the most common ways is to marry a Ukrainian citizen.
Robert asks: How much money does a Ukrainian citizen with VISA need for traveling to the US. To get through customs.
Expert's answer:
There are no any money related requirements. Just for your information, the price of a new international bio-metric passport in Ukraine is about 25-40 USD, it takes 10-20 days to get one. As we receive similar requests almost every day, our advice is not to send any help to a person in Ukraine before you are absolutely sure that this person is real. At least talk to this person several times via something like Skype with a webcam turned on. After it, you should arrange your meeting in Ukraine (in Kyiv). Otherwise you are doing it on your risk.
Scott asks: So there are stories about a fake American city scape built in Vinnytsia in the 1950's as a spy training school. But I cannot find any photos online of this. Is it true?
Expert's answer:
Unfortunately I haven't found any info about this place, nothing related to any spy training school/center. You can also try to contact Vinnytsia Regional Museum of Local Lore. They definitely should have some info about it, if the story is true.
Vasyl asks: I lost my passport in Hong Kong.
Expert's answer:
You should contact the embassy of Ukraine to China.
Victor asks: Is it better in terms of accreditation, certificate recognition and student coexistence, to school in Kiev medical university or vn karazin national medical university?
Expert's answer:
Bogomolets National Medical University in Kyiv is the best medical university in Ukraine according to the latest rating.
Anderson asks: With an average job that pays 300-400$ is it better to stay in Kyiv or Kharkiv assuming all other fees (tuition and accommodation) are already paid?
Expert's answer:
Each city has its pros and cons. The cost of living in Kyiv is higher than in Kharkiv (about 20-25%), the ecological situation in Kyiv is worse than in Kharkiv. In general, Kyiv is more crowded, noisy, and active, which is natural for the capital of the country. But, at the same time, in Kyiv, there are much more prospects for work, leisure, dating, etc.

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