If you are seeking information about immediate humanitarian assistance in Lithuania:
- Almost all refugee cases in countries abroad are processed by local authorities, in this case the government of Lithuania.
- Ukrainians should not contact the authorities of the United States or attempt to apply for visas in order to travel to the United States as refugees – such travel is not possible. They should contact the authorities of Lithuania. Contact information is below.
- Please visit the government of Lithuania webpage for information about resources: https://migracija.lrv.lt/lt/naudinga-informacija/ukraina-ukrayina-ukraina-ukraine . This website provides the locations of official reception points in Lithuania for Ukrainian war refugees.
- Additional information is available from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR): https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/ukraine-emergency.html , including information about non-governmental organizations that may be able to provide additional assistance.
- Additional information is also available from the European Commission: https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/stronger-europe-world/eu-solidarity-ukraine/eu-assistance-ukraine/information-people-fleeing-war-ukraine_en
- Please do not contact the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius. We do not provide direct assistance to individual refugees.
- In Lithuania, those seeking information on support from the Lithuanian government can direct inquiries about migration services to:
- Information on Non-Governmental Organizations offering services to migrants can be found at:
VISA SERVICES IN LITHUANIA
If you are a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident with a Ukrainian relative seeking to travel to the United States on an immigrant visa:
- If you have an I-130 petition approved by USCIS pending processing at the National Visa Center (NVC) and want to transfer it to another Embassy, the designated processing post for Ukrainian Immigrant Visas is now United States Consulate General Frankfurt, Germany. You may request expedition and transfer from the National Visa Center: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/national-visa-center/nvc-contact-information.html .
- If you have not yet filed a petition but wish to do so, you may contact U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt to inquire regarding possible local filing (this applies only to U.S. citizens filing petitions for their spouses, unmarried children under 21 and parents). Both the petitioner and the applicant must be present in Germany.
- If you have an immigrant visa case that has already been transferred from the National Visa Center to Kyiv for the appointment and processing, and you would like it to be processed in Frankfurt, then please send an email to FrankfurtVisaInquiries@state.gov .
- If you are already in Lithuania, cannot travel to Frankfurt, and have an I-130 petition approved by USCIS pending processing at the National Visa Center, and want to transfer it to U.S. Embassy Vilnius, then you may request expedition and transfer from the National Visa Center: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/national-visa-center/nvc-contact-information.html
- If you have a question about an immigrant visa case that is already in process at U.S. Embassy Vilnius, please email ConSec@State.gov.
If you are a U.S. citizen with a Ukrainian fiancée/fiancé seeking to travel to the United States on a K1 visa:
- If you have already filed a petition with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that was not yet approved, U.S. law prohibits U.S. embassies from accepting K visa petitions (I-129F) for local filing abroad. USCIS must first approve K visa petitions. However, you can request an expedite for USCIS processing at https://www.uscis.gov/forms/filing-guidance/how-to-make-an-expedite-request
Before applying for a nonimmigrant visa, consider carefully whether you are qualified for the visa you intend to apply for. Nonimmigrant visas are for temporary stays in the United States and are not for refugees. There are no nonimmigrant visas for refugees. If you apply for a nonimmigrant visa but do not intend to leave the United States, your application will be refused.
If you are not qualified for a nonimmigrant visa, you may wish to refer to the humanitarian assistance information above.
If you are a Ukrainian who wants to travel to the United States for a short visit or a U.S. citizen who has friends, business associates, or NON-IMMEDIATE family who want to travel to the United States on a nonimmigrant visa for a short visit you should go to https://www.ustraveldocs.com/lt/lt-niv-visaapply.asp and schedule your appointment:
- Please note that visa wait times can be very lengthy. Please note that the nonimmigrant visa process cannot be used to immigrate or obtain refugee status in the United States.
- If you already have an appointment at U.S. Embassy Vilnius but wish to expedite it, you may request expedition via https://www.ustraveldocs.com/lt/lt-niv-expeditedappointment.asp .