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Schengen Visa for Ukraine citizen & resident

#1 PorknBeanz

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 03:08 PM

Hi Everybody,
This summer myself, my wife, son, mother, and mother-in-law are going on a Mediterranean cruise. My questions is about the Schengen visa application for my Mother-in-Law. She already has air tickets reserved,a shipboarding pass, and the Venice hotel registration. She is a Ukraine citizen and resident, has never been to Europe, but has traveled to the US on a tourist visa (B1/B2) which is still valid. Italy is the entry point and main destination (Barcelona is the exit point), so she'll be applying at the Italian embassy in Kiev. On the application for the Schengen visa it asks "Who is paying for your costs..." and only allows a choice of one of three boxes: myself, host person, or host company. I'm (US citizen) paying all the expenses, but I'm not a host. Does she just write in my name? Will I need to send her bank statements? Has anybody dealt with the Italian embassy in Kiev? Are visas usually granted or is it difficult? How long does it take to get one? Thanks.

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#2 Kathryn41

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 05:04 PM

Would you not be her 'host' therefore the 'host person'? She is joining your travel party. Don't know for sure, just my take on it.
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#3 Gary and Alla

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 01:05 PM

QUOTE (PorknBeanz @ May 13 2009, 04:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi Everybody,
This summer myself, my wife, son, mother, and mother-in-law are going on a Mediterranean cruise. My questions is about the Schengen visa application for my Mother-in-Law. She already has air tickets reserved,a shipboarding pass, and the Venice hotel registration. She is a Ukraine citizen and resident, has never been to Europe, but has traveled to the US on a tourist visa (B1/B2) which is still valid. Italy is the entry point and main destination (Barcelona is the exit point), so she'll be applying at the Italian embassy in Kiev. On the application for the Schengen visa it asks "Who is paying for your costs..." and only allows a choice of one of three boxes: myself, host person, or host company. I'm (US citizen) paying all the expenses, but I'm not a host. Does she just write in my name? Will I need to send her bank statements? Has anybody dealt with the Italian embassy in Kiev? Are visas usually granted or is it difficult? How long does it take to get one? Thanks.


Our only experience? My wife applied for an Italian visa for a business trip the year before i met her and was flatly and uncermonius denied and left in tears she was "treated so bad", worse than "a monkey".

she had a similar though less "monkey like" treatment rrying to get a US visa for a business trip also. Both cases she was denoed for the "usual reasons", not enough ties to Ukraine despite owning TWO apartments in Donetsk, a mother and two children and a good paying (by Ukraine standards ) job.

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#4 Gary and Alla

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 01:15 PM

QUOTE (Gary and Alla @ May 14 2009, 02:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (PorknBeanz @ May 13 2009, 04:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi Everybody,
This summer myself, my wife, son, mother, and mother-in-law are going on a Mediterranean cruise. My questions is about the Schengen visa application for my Mother-in-Law. She already has air tickets reserved,a shipboarding pass, and the Venice hotel registration. She is a Ukraine citizen and resident, has never been to Europe, but has traveled to the US on a tourist visa (B1/B2) which is still valid. Italy is the entry point and main destination (Barcelona is the exit point), so she'll be applying at the Italian embassy in Kiev. On the application for the Schengen visa it asks "Who is paying for your costs..." and only allows a choice of one of three boxes: myself, host person, or host company. I'm (US citizen) paying all the expenses, but I'm not a host. Does she just write in my name? Will I need to send her bank statements? Has anybody dealt with the Italian embassy in Kiev? Are visas usually granted or is it difficult? How long does it take to get one? Thanks.


Our only experience? My wife applied for an Italian visa for a business trip the year before i met her and was flatly and uncermonius denied and left in tears she was "treated so bad", worse than "a monkey".

she had a similar though less "monkey like" treatment rrying to get a US visa for a business trip also. Both cases she was denoed for the "usual reasons", not enough ties to Ukraine despite owning TWO apartments in Donetsk, a mother and two children and a good paying (by Ukraine standards ) job.


Excuse the bad spelling, not my usual keyboard whistling.gif

Tourist visas can be very difficult for Ukrainians to get to USA and western Europe. Your MIL can get one to the USA now, but it may have been impossible before you were married. Good luck

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#5 PorknBeanz

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 08:06 PM

Thanks for the replies.

I think the "host" means a person or an entity in the country you're visiting. The host is supposed to provide EU papers and an invintation to allow the visitor in the country.

We're hoping that since my mother-in-law has already visited us in the US for a month and returned to Ukraine, and because she still has a valid 5-year US visitor visa, that it will be easier for her to get approved for a Schengen tourist visa. Time will tell. She has an appointment at the Italian embassy in Kiev on 5/19. I'll let you all know what happens.

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#6 Gary and Alla

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 05:36 AM

QUOTE (PorknBeanz @ May 14 2009, 09:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for the replies.

I think the "host" means a person or an entity in the country you're visiting. The host is supposed to provide EU papers and an invintation to allow the visitor in the country.

We're hoping that since my mother-in-law has already visited us in the US for a month and returned to Ukraine, and because she still has a valid 5-year US visitor visa, that it will be easier for her to get approved for a Schengen tourist visa. Time will tell. She has an appointment at the Italian embassy in Kiev on 5/19. I'll let you all know what happens.


Yes. Please. we have been told that now that Alla is a LPR she will probably be able to easily get visas to western Europe and she still wants to go to Italy. Not this year, maybe next, as soon as we get USCIS out of our life for a time!!!!!!! LOL

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#7 Brad and Vika

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 11:18 AM

QUOTE (PorknBeanz @ May 13 2009, 04:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi Everybody,
This summer myself, my wife, son, mother, and mother-in-law are going on a Mediterranean cruise. My questions is about the Schengen visa application for my Mother-in-Law. She already has air tickets reserved,a shipboarding pass, and the Venice hotel registration. She is a Ukraine citizen and resident, has never been to Europe, but has traveled to the US on a tourist visa (B1/B2) which is still valid. Italy is the entry point and main destination (Barcelona is the exit point), so she'll be applying at the Italian embassy in Kiev. On the application for the Schengen visa it asks "Who is paying for your costs..." and only allows a choice of one of three boxes: myself, host person, or host company. I'm (US citizen) paying all the expenses, but I'm not a host. Does she just write in my name? Will I need to send her bank statements? Has anybody dealt with the Italian embassy in Kiev? Are visas usually granted or is it difficult? How long does it take to get one? Thanks.


I have a good friend here in town who went on a five country European cruise with his wife (a Ukrainian citizen) a few months ago. Italy was the POE, and she did get a Schengen zone visa for the trip from the Italian consul here. He was the host, because his name and payment information were on all the itineriaries and receipts.
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#8 Bobby+Umit

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 08:14 PM

Your the "host" - since you are paying for the trip/expenses.


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#9 PorknBeanz

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Posted 29 May 2009 - 08:58 PM

Well, my mother-in-laws appointment was for May 19. She took the 8-hour train ride to Kiev and had her visa interview at the Italian consulate. Mostly, she just handed over all the papers that she had. The young man at the consulate told her that a private company handles all the incoming applications, and the Italians approve or reject the visas. The consulate representative who took her application and supporting paperwork had no idea if her application would be approved or not, all he did was collect the paperwork. He didnt ask any questions about the trip.

On Friday night, May 22 we checked the Italian consulate website and it showed a status that her application was being processed. On Monday May 25, the website said that her application had been processed and that her passport was being returned to her by courier. unsure.gif

My wife called her mother every day to find out if she had received her passport. Finally on Friday May 29, she got a call from a man on the other side of town. He said that he had picked up her passport a few days ago and that if she wanted it back she could come and pick it up. Since my mother-in-law wasnt feeling well she sent her son to get it. After he received it, he peeked inside, and it turns out the Schengen visa was approved! Were all very happy. good.gif

My mother-in-law said she almost had a heart attack. She tried to explain that at her age, 59, living most of her life under soviet rule, she knew that travelling outside the soviet block was impossible for the average person. Now, in just another month, shes got a balcony suite on a cruise visiting Venice, Athens, Istanbul, Ephesus, Mykonos, Naples/Pompeii, Rome, Florence/Pisa, Monte Carlo, and Barcelona. kicking.gif

Thanks for the responses.

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#10 Brad and Vika

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 05:00 AM

QUOTE (PorknBeanz @ May 29 2009, 09:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well, my mother-in-laws appointment was for May 19. She took the 8-hour train ride to Kiev and had her visa interview at the Italian consulate. Mostly, she just handed over all the papers that she had. The young man at the consulate told her that a private company handles all the incoming applications, and the Italians approve or reject the visas. The consulate representative who took her application and supporting paperwork had no idea if her application would be approved or not, all he did was collect the paperwork. He didnt ask any questions about the trip.

On Friday night, May 22 we checked the Italian consulate website and it showed a status that her application was being processed. On Monday May 25, the website said that her application had been processed and that her passport was being returned to her by courier. unsure.gif

My wife called her mother every day to find out if she had received her passport. Finally on Friday May 29, she got a call from a man on the other side of town. He said that he had picked up her passport a few days ago and that if she wanted it back she could come and pick it up. Since my mother-in-law wasnt feeling well she sent her son to get it. After he received it, he peeked inside, and it turns out the Schengen visa was approved! Were all very happy. good.gif

My mother-in-law said she almost had a heart attack. She tried to explain that at her age, 59, living most of her life under soviet rule, she knew that travelling outside the soviet block was impossible for the average person. Now, in just another month, shes got a balcony suite on a cruise visiting Venice, Athens, Istanbul, Ephesus, Mykonos, Naples/Pompeii, Rome, Florence/Pisa, Monte Carlo, and Barcelona. kicking.gif

Thanks for the responses.


You are very welcome. Thank you for checking in and keeping us updated. Enjoy your cruise - safe travels good.gif

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