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Immigration

What is immigration?

Immigration is the act of foreigners and stateless persons coming or staying in Ukraine for the purpose of permanent residence.

What is a precondition for lawful immigration of a foreigner to Ukraine?

The only document that should be considered as a precondition for lawful immigration is an immigration permit obtained according to Ukrainian law.

What is the entry procedure to Ukraine for immigrants who obtained an immigration permit?

If you obtained an immigration permit and permanently reside outside Ukraine the Ukrainian diplomatic agency or consulate upon your request can issue an immigration visa, which is valid for a period of one year starting from the date of its issuing. Once an immigration visa is issued you are entitled to enter Ukraine.

What documents do you need to submit in order to apply for an immigration permit?

An application; four identical photos; a copy of an ID; a document that confirms your residence, information about your family members; a copy of marriage certificate (if you are married); a document that confirms that you are not a chronic alcoholic, solvent abuser, drug addict or infected by contagious diseases; other documents that are considered necessary for a particular category of immigrants.

How long does it take for Ukrainian state authorities to consider the application for an immigration permit

Up to one year starting from the date of submission of documents.

What is the procedure for submission of documents in order to obtain an immigration permit?

1. If you permanently reside outside Ukraine – you should submit an application for an immigration permit along with other necessary documents to the Ukrainian diplomatic agency or consulate in the country where you permanently reside.

2. If you legally reside in Ukraine – you should submit an application for an immigration permit and other necessary documents to the local office of the Ukrainian immigration authority located in the district where you reside.

Submission of an application for an immigration permit, along with other necessary documents on behalf of juveniles as well as for persons with disabilities should be made by their legal representatives.

In what cases are you entitled to obtain an immigration permit?

You are entitled to obtain an immigration permit if you are:

1. A scientist or an artist, whose immigration is in the interest of Ukraine.

2. A highly qualified professional or a worker whose skills are appreciably required for the Ukrainian economy.

3. A person who made foreign investment in the Ukrainian economy by the foreign converted currency in the amount equal to USD 100,000 or more, registered according to the procedure determined by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

4. A person who is a brother or sister, grandfather or grandmother, grandson or granddaughter of Ukrainian citizens.

5. A person who had Ukrainian citizenship in the past.

6. A father, a spouse of an immigrant or his/her child under 18 years old .

7. A person who continuously lived in Ukraine over 3 years starting from the date when he or she was granted the refugee status in Ukraine, and also if you are a father of such person, a spouse or a child under 18 years old who lives with this person.

8. A person who continuously lived in Ukraine over 3 years starting from the date when he or she was granted the status of a victim of human trafficking.

9. A person who is married to a Ukrainian citizen for more than two years;

10. A child or a father of a Ukrainian citizen.

11. A person who is a foster father of a Ukrainian citizen or is cared by a foster father holding a Ukrainian citizenship.

12. A person entitled to a Ukrainian citizenship by territorial descent.

13. A person whose immigration in Ukraine constitutes state interest for Ukraine.

14. A foreign Ukrainian, a spouse of a foreign Ukrainian, or a child in case of their joint entry and stay into Ukraine.

An immigration permit is issued to the aforementioned category of citizens within the scope of immigration quota restrictions. Certain categories of persons obtain immigration permits beyond quotas.

What is the procedure for obtaining a residence permit card for a permanent stay by an immigrant who already obtained an immigration permit?

After you entered Ukraine as an immigrant you need to submit an application for a residence permit card for a permanent stay to the local office of the Ukrainian immigration authority located in the district where you reside in Ukraine.