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MONEY TRANSFER FROM UKRAINE TO USA

#1 zqt3344

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 09:06 AM

Does anyone know what is the best method or service to use when transferring money from Ukraine to the USA?
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#2 Lena and Igor

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 09:20 AM

Maybe not the BEST method but I chose to send USDs by Western Union. It is a bit expensive but I like the fact that printed documentation of each the transfer benefits us in the way of supplemental evidence of our relationship.
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#3 nenooye

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 09:39 AM

moneygram? in indonesia its cheaper then western union
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#4 Dave-n-Oksana

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 09:45 AM

moneygram? in indonesia its cheaper then western union


I agree. Moneygram was always cheaper than WU and you still have the same paper trail for establishing bonafides.
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#5 Brad and Vika

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 06:11 PM

We use Moneygram for transfers to Ukraine as well. I have never tried to send money from Ukraine. The best method is a money belt, when you come back :lol: Probably no help.
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#6 Gary and Alla

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 10:03 PM

We used and continue to use, when needed, ATM withdrawl to both send an receive money. We have accounts in both countries, ATM cards for all. We drop money in Sergey's account here and he takes it out by ATM in Moscow, for example

We use Moneygram for transfers to Ukraine as well. I have never tried to send money from Ukraine. The best method is a money belt, when you come back :lol: Probably no help.


Moneygram is the cheapest of you cannot do it by ATM

Edited by Gary and Alla, 03 May 2011 - 10:02 PM.

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#7 1HappyGuy

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 11:25 AM

It may depend on how much you are talking about. If you just sold a home and want the money sent to the U.S., then a bank transfer wire maybe the best bet since often it is a flat rate. That of course does not take into account laws that may be in place to tax large withdrawals, so check with your bank.

As to those using Western Union, the delayed service is pretty cheap. I never used Moneygram so I can't comment on it's cost.
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#8 Lena and Igor

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 01:52 PM

I will start using Moneygram. It cost me 50 USD to send 500 USD a few days ago via W.U. vs. 31 USD for the same amount if I were using Moneygram. Thanks.
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September 7, 2009 - met Lena online
October 20, 2010 - First Meeting in Kharkov
Oct 20, 2010 - Engaged
December 3, 2010 - Filed I-129F
December 16, 2010 - NOA-1 notification
December 30, 2010 - Second Visit to Kharkov
February 8, 2011 - Touched
April 18, 2011 - NOA-2 notification
April 18, 2011 - Petition at NVC
April 25, 2011 - Medical Exam
April 26, 2011 - Received at Embassy
April 27, 28, 29, 2011 - Repeat medical (passed medical)
May 5, 2011 - Packet #4 received by mail in Ukraine
June 17, 2011 - Interview scheduled 9:00 AM
June 17, 2011 - Visa approved
June 18, 2011 - Interview Review posted
July 11, 2011 - POE - Detroit
July 17, 2011 - Applied for Marriage License
July 17, 2011 - Applied for SSN
August 17, 2011 - Married in Russian Orthodox Church - Detroit
November 11, 2011 - Submitted AOS/EAD/AP
January 3, 2012 - NOA 1
February 7, 2012 - Still no Biometrics appointment
February 10, 2012 - Service Request - no Biometrics appointment to date
February 29, 2012 - Infopass appointment Detroit (no Biometrics appointment letter - over 40 days)
March 9, 2012 - Biometrics
March 12, 2012 - EAD card production email received
March 23, 2012 - EAD received
March 24, 2012 - AOS interview appointment for April 24, 2012 (Detroit)
April 24, 2012 - AOS approved!
May 2, 2012 - 2 year provisional Green Card received
June 2, 2012 - First job - Russian Kindergarden in Oak Park, Michigan

#9 Brad and Vika

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 02:00 PM

I will start using Moneygram. It cost me 50 USD to send 500 USD a few days ago via W.U. vs. 31 USD for the same amount if I were using Moneygram. Thanks.


You are welcome :P You can see this is a much discussed issue in RUB.
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#10 Gary and Alla

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 07:38 PM

I will start using Moneygram. It cost me 50 USD to send 500 USD a few days ago via W.U. vs. 31 USD for the same amount if I were using Moneygram. Thanks.


Before Sergey opened his account here and had his debit card, I used to send $300 per month by Moneygram for $9.99. If I am not mistaken (and maybe it changed) you could send up to $500 for that amount. I never paid $31. WU charges in the neighborhood of 10% and that is just crazy.
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#11 Brad and Vika

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 07:49 PM

Before Sergey opened his account here and had his debit card, I used to send $300 per month by Moneygram for $9.99. If I am not mistaken (and maybe it changed) you could send up to $500 for that amount. I never paid $31. WU charges in the neighborhood of 10% and that is just crazy.


$8-10 is the price at WallMart, but maybe the price FROM Ukraine is different?
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#12 Gary and Alla

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 07:51 PM

$8-10 is the price at WallMart, but maybe the price FROM Ukraine is different?

:bonk: Doh!

I will find out. Next time I skype with Sergey I will tell him to send ME $300. I will get back to you. :lol:

Edited by Gary and Alla, 04 May 2011 - 07:52 PM.

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#13 Brad and Vika

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 08:26 PM

:bonk: Doh!

I will find out. Next time I skype with Sergey I will tell him to send ME $300. I will get back to you. :lol:

:rofl:
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#14 1HappyGuy

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 04:00 PM

I will start using Moneygram. It cost me 50 USD to send 500 USD a few days ago via W.U. vs. 31 USD for the same amount if I were using Moneygram. Thanks.



You really need to check out the delayed service (48 hours). I send $600 every couple of months to a friend who picks it up for my mother in law. $100 is for her the balance is spread out over a couple of months for the MIL. The cost to send $600 is only $18. :thumbs:

I told you delayed service is cheap. B-)
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#15 LvivLovers

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 01:53 PM

Here's a general question...how do you know if you can trust the Ukrainian bank enough to do a wire transfer? That's the issue my wife and I are looking at since her mother plans to sell her apartment in Ukraine and send the money here to the USA.

My wife personally knows people who have been ripped off by supposedly reputable banks for much smaller amounts. One friend even took them to court and won, but the bank still didn't pay since...well, who's going to come and enforce that? We need to sell the apartment and get the money here, but my wife doesn't trust the banks, realtors, potential buyers, or lawyers that could advise on the situation. I feel like we are dealing with the wild west.

A wire transfer seems to be the way to go IF everything was functioning in a legitimate way and it's a big sum of money.
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