Vadim – Please note the following related to Nikolai’s visa:
1. The U.S. State Department has confirmed that Nikolai’s visa has, in fact, been revoked and is no longer valid for application for entry into the U.S. (Please note that the State Department said their communications with us about this are to serve as official notification to Nikolai that it has been revoked.)
2. We were told that the Embassy used its discretion to revoke the visa “based on information that it received subsequent to the issuance of the visa” but has not been willing to explain further what that information might be.
3. Please keep in mind that Nikolai’s visa was issued in 2011 for 5 years and as many entries as he wanted to the U.S. Given the more recent turmoil in Ukraine, and heightened security concerns in the U.S. related thereto, it is not unusual that the U.S. would want to issue more limit visas to Ukrainians generally. In addition, I have no doubt that they are especially focused on a former government official associated with Yanukovych.
4. The good news is that the Embassy made no suggestion that he is subject to any sort of ongoing visa ban, as has been suggested in some press, and encouraged us to advise him to submit a new visa application to the U.S. Embassy. I would recommend that he submit such an application; if it is denied, then we will know that there may be a more serious problem and we will need to inquire at a higher level at the State Department.
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