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Three District Court judges in Ukraine blatantly denied justice to 10 foreign citizens

Ten citizens of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have reportedly been denied their fundamental human right to access the justice system in the Seredyno-Budskuy district court of the Sumy region in the north of Ukraine. On December 5, 2012, the Sumy regional prosecutor’s office confirmed that during a four-month period in 2011, ten foreign nationals were brought to trial in the Seredyno-Budskuy district court for different immigration offences. All ten

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Legal Update: Foreign Attorneys Obtain Right to Practice Law in Ukraine

As of 15 August 2012, foreign attorneys are eligible to practice law in Ukraine.  This is made possible by the new law “On Bar and Advocacy,” adopted by the Ukrainian Parliament in July 2012. Foreign attorneys seeking admission to the Ukrainian Bar must submit their attorney’s license or any other document that proves their right to practice law in their home country to the local admission boards.  Subsequently, the information on foreign

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Partnership with the USAID Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment Project (LEP)

Legal Support of Foreigners in Ukraine becomes a partner of the USAID Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment Project (LEP). The USAID LEP project works to improve access to justice in the areas of employment, healthcare, and property rights by increasing the availability of pro bono legal services and the impact of legal and advocacy organizations in Ukraine. The project builds the capacity of three-tiered specialized advocacy network, which connects

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Legal Support of Foreigners in Ukraine joins the Idealist

The Idealist is an international network founded by Action Without Borders, an international nonprofit organization. The network is a platform that allows nonprofit organizations to post event information, volunteering opportunities, jobs, resources and services; individuals can then search this information and sign up for volunteering opportunities, apply for jobs. Being listed in the Idealist network means opportunities for international action

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Legal Update: Visa Free Regime for Macedonians

Ukraine establishes temporary visa free regime for the citizens of Macedonia. The Presidential Decree to this effect was signed 14 August 2012. Starting from 15 August 2012 Macedonian travelers are allowed to enter Ukraine or pass through its territory subject to the condition that their actual stay within Ukrainian national borders does not exceed 90 calendar days.  The visa free regime will be in place until 15 March 2013. In particular, visa

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Legal Update: Registration of the Place of Residence

All individuals who reside in Ukraine (including Ukrainian citizens, foreign nationals and stateless persons) are legally required to report to the Ukrainian state authorities about their place of residence or temporary stay. 05 August 2012 a new law amending the procedure for registration of the place of residence or temporary stay in Ukraine came into force. One of the major changes introduced by the new law concerns the address at which the place

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Odessele Ngueyitala: “The justice has been finally done”

Odessele Ngueyitala from Congo-Brazzaville has been staying in Ukraine for more than two years, where he had been waiting for a refugee status. However, his refugee application was rejected by the Ukrainian Migration Service and his lawsuit was dismissed in a County Administrative Court due to the incompetence of the local lawyers. Believing that his situation could be reversed, Odessele sought legal help from International Non-Governmental Organization

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Legal aid for football fans

The final tournament of the European Football Championship 2012 in Ukraine is over. The number of requests for legal assistance received by International Non-Governmental Organization "Legal Support of Foreigners in Ukraine" during the tournament is a strong indicator of the active development of the Organization. During the European football championship the Organization has been contacted with requests for legal aid by 53 foreign citizens. The

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During European football cup violators of public order can be expelled from Ukraine

According to the provisions of the new Ukrainian law which came into effect today, 9 June 2012, foreign citizens who violate public order on the territory of Ukraine can be subject to a short-term arrest and even subsequent deportation. Violations that fall within the ambit of a new procedure include inter alia petty thefts, disruptive behavior, smoking in public places and public drinking. The new rules come in the wake of massive flood of football

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Foreign currency exchange during Euro-2012

Buying Ukrainian Hryvnias was always not an easy task for foreign nationals in Ukraine. However, for the period of Euro-2012 the procedure of foreign currency exhange in Ukraine has been significantly simplified. From now on it will be processed more quicker. Last week in a move to streamline foreign exhange transactions for the guests of the football festival, Ukrainian banks were exempted from the obligation to issue to foreign nationals the so-called

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