First let’s define terms. A travel visa is a document granted by a foreign government which gives someone permission to travel into its country and stay there for a set period of time. A passport is a document, issued by someone’s own government, which certifies the identity of its holder for the purpose of international travel.
There are four indispensible documents employed in the process of obtaining legal entry into Ukraine as a “religious worker.”
1) It starts with a Letter of Request from a Ukrainian religious organization.
2) Next, the State Committee will issue an official Letter of Invitation to the missionary.
3) Then, the missionary applies for a Multiple-Entry Visa* from one of the Ukrainian consulates in the USA
4) The last document needed is the missionary’s up-to-date U.S. Passport. He or she must send this to the Ukrainian consul along with the official letter of invitation, two passport-type photos, cashier’s check and a return envelope.
After arrival in Ukraine, the missionary will need to get several other documents, but that’s another story. As you can see, there is a world of difference between traveling as a tourist (who, by the way, doesn’t need a visa if visiting 90 days or less) and living long-term in Ukraine.
*A multiple-entry visa allows someone to enter and leave the country as often as you need to within the visa’s time period. Other types do not.