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Immigration to Ukraine

Entrance for Permanent Residence

 

Law of Ukraine On Immigration

 

Law of Ukraine On Refugees

 

 


Immigration to Ukraine

Procedure and conditions for immigration to Ukraine for foreigners and stateless persons are set by the law of Ukraine“On immigration”.

Permit for immigration to Ukraine can be granted to the foreigners and stateless persons, who according to the Ukrainian legislation have the grounds to immigrate to Ukraine. The mentioned grounds are listed in the Article 4 of the law ofUkraine “On immigration”.

 Immigration permit is granted within an immigration quotedetermined by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine according to the prescribed procedure to the following categories of immigrants:

 1)       scientists and cultural workers whose immigration corresponds to the interests of Ukraine;

 2)       highly qualified specialists and workers who are needed badly for the Ukrainian economy;

 3)       persons who made an investment into the Ukrainian economy by foreign currency on the amount not less than 100 000 USD. Such an investment should be duly registered in accordance with the prescribed procedure;

 4)       persons who are either brother or sister, grandfather or grandmother, or grandchild of the Ukrainian national;

 5)       persons who previously possessed the Ukrainian citizenship;

 6)       parents / spouse of the immigrant and his/her minor children;

 7)       persons who continuously resided in Ukraine during three years from the day when the status of refugee or asylum were granted to them, as well as their parents, spouse, minor children residing with such persons.

  Immigration permit beyond the quote is granted to the following persons:

 1)       one of the spouses if another spouse is the Ukrainian national and marriage between them was registered more than two years ago, children and parents of the Ukrainian nationals;

 2)       persons who are guardians or trustees of the Ukrainian nationals or are under the guardianship of the Ukrainian nationals;

 3)       persons who have the right to become a citizen of Ukraine on the basis of territorial origin;

 4)       persons whose immigration is a state interest for Ukraine;

 5)       foreign Ukrainians, the spouse of such foreign Ukrainians, their children if they stay jointly in Ukraine.

 

According to the Article 9 of the law “On Immigration”, the applications for immigration permit should be submitted:

1)       by the persons who permanently reside abroad – to the Ukrainian diplomatic and consular missions at the place of permanent residence;

2)       by the persons who stay in Ukraine on legal grounds – to the authorized authorities at the place of residence (namely to the concerned regional divisions of MIA of Ukraine).

 An application for immigration permit should be submitted personally by the applicant to the respective state authority. In the case of reasonable excuse (sickness of the applicant, natural disaster etc.) the application can be sent by post or submitted by another person with notary attested authorization letter for this purpose.

An application for immigration permit in favor of minors as well as incapable persons can be submitted by their legal representatives.

 If one of the parents immigrates with minor children, he (she) should provide a notary attested statement from his spouse stating that this spouse has no objection against immigration of children with the second parent. If such consent could not be given, the parent should obtain an official order from the concerned authorities allowing children to stay with this parent. Such an order should be legalized by consular post of Ukraine unless other is prescribed by the international Treaty of Ukraine.

 The following documents along with an application should be submitted for immigration permit:

 1)       copy of identification document (document confirming citizenship or status of stateless person);

 2)       three photos 3.5 x 4.5 cm.;

 3)       document containing information on place of residence (in Ukraine and abroad);

 4)       documentary information on family composition (copies of birth certificate, marriage certificate, adoption or guardianship documents etc.);

 5)       medical document confirming that the person does not suffer from chronic alcoholism, toxicomania, narcomania or infection disease list of which is defined by concerned central body on health issues (this does not relate to the persons mentioned in clauses 1, 3, section 3, article 4 of the law “On Immigration”).

 Persons who permanently reside abroad should submit a police clearance certificate along with the immigration permit application (this does not relate to the persons mentioned in clauses 1 and 3, section 3, Article 4 of the Migration Act of Ukraine.

 The documents issued by the competent authorities of the foreign states are subject to legalization unless otherwise is prescribed by the international treaties of Ukraine. Copies of such documents as well as written confirmation of consent for immigration and guaranties from the inviting persons should be notary attested. The documents which data can be changed should be submitted within 6 months from the date of issuance.

If any fees are applied by the Ukrainian legislation for the formalities related to granting immigration permit, the document confirming payment of such fees should be attached to the application for immigration permit.

In case if any of the documents defined by the law of Ukraine is not submitted an application for immigration permit can not be accepted.

 Whereas it is necessary and does not contradict with the law of Ukraine the concerned competent authorities handling migration issues may request other documents to specify the grounds for issuance of immigration permit and may invite the applicants or other persons for interview.

The processing time for application shall not exceed 1 year from the date when such application was submitted.

  

The rules of entry to Ukraine and issuance of Certificate for Permanent Residence in Ukraine.

Diplomatic or consular mission of Ukraine in respect of the person, who permanently resides abroad and obtained immigration permit, issues immigration visa which is valid within 1 year from the date of issuance. Such person entries the Ukrainian territory according to the rules determined by the Ukrainian legislation.

 After arriving to Ukraine the immigrant should submit an application for obtaining Permanent Residence Certificate (PRC) is the document which confirms the right of the foreigner or stateless person to permanently reside in Ukraine) to the concerned regional migration authorities at the place of immigrant’s residence. A copy of applicant’s passport containing immigration visa and a copy of immigration permit should be attached.

 Permanent Residence Certificate shall be issued within 1 week from the date of receiving the application by concerned immigration authorities.

 Permanent Residence Certificate for the person who legally stays in Ukraine and obtained immigration permit shall be issued by concerned immigration authorities at the place of his/her residence within 1 week after receiving an application.

 

Here you can check if you need a visa to enter Ukraine.

Note:

DP – holders of diplomatic passports

SP – holders of service passports

Grounds for visa refusal or visa cancellation

Decision on visa refusals can be made in the following cases:

1) necessity to ensure national security or public order protection;

2) necessity of health protection, protection of rights and legal interests of Ukrainian citizens and other persons residing in Ukraine;

3) availability of information about the foreigner or the stateless person in the database of persons whom the laws of Ukraine prohibit to enter Ukraine or whose exit from Ukraine is temporarily restricted;

4) travel document presented by the foreigner or the stateless person is forged, damaged, different from the original specimen or belongs to another person;

5) intentional submission by the foreigner or the stateless person of untrue information or forged documents;

6) proof of holding an adequate and valid travel medical insurance was not provided by the foreigner or the stateless person (if acquisition of such insurance is possible in the country where the application is lodged);

7) proof of sufficient means of subsistence for the duration of the intended stay or for the return to the country of origin, or for the transit to a third country, or proof of being in a position to acquire such means lawfully on the territory of Ukraine was not provided by the foreigner or the stateless person;

8) justification for the purpose of the intended stay was not provided by the foreigner or the stateless person;

9) intention of the foreigner or the stateless person to leave the territory of Ukraine before the expiry of the visa could not be ascertained;

10) revocation of the visa was requested by the foreigner or the stateless person.

A foreign citizen or stateless person who has been refused a visa, has the right to challenge the decision with the Head of the Diplomatic Mission that considered the visa application. An applicant must reapply, with proof of visa refusal, and a letter of appeal, within two months of the date of the visa refusal.

If a foreign citizen or stateless person decides to withdraw the visa application, he/she looses the right to appeal.

Visa may be cancelled by the same authority that made the decision to issue the visa.

 

A


Austria

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Afghanistan

Visa required

Albania

Visa required except for DP, SP

Algeria

Visa required

Andorra

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Angola

Visa required

Antigua and Barbuda

Visa required

Argentina

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 365 day period

Armenia

Visa not required

Australia

Visa required

Azerbaijan

Visa not required

 

B


Bahamas

Visa required

Bahrain

Visa required

Bangladesh

Visa required

Barbados

Visa required

Belarus

Visa not required

Belgium

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Belize

Visa required

Benin

Visa required

Bhutan

Visa required

Bolivia

Visa required

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Visa not required for a stay up to 30 days within a 60 day period

Botswana

Visa required

Brazil

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day periodfor tourismorbusiness

Brunei Darussalam

Visa not required for a stay up to 30 days

Bulgaria

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Burkina Faso

Visa required

Burundi

Visa required

 

С


Cambodia

Visa required except for DP, SP

Cameroon

Visa required

Canada

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Cape Verde

Visa required

Central African Republic

Visa required

Chad

Visa required

Chile

Visa required except for DP, SP

China (PRC)

Visa required except for DP, SP

Colombia

Visa required

Congo (the Democratic Republic)

Visa required

Congo (the People’s Republic)

Visa required

Costa Rica

Visa required

Côte d’Ivoire

Visa required

Croatia

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Cuba

Visa required except for DP, SP, aircraft and sea craft crewmen, as well as medical treatment trips

Cyprus

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Czech Republic

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

 

D


Denmark

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Djibouti

Visa required

Dominica (the Commonwealth)

Visa required

Dominican Republic

Visa required except for DP, SP

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Visa required except for DP, SP

 

E


Ecuador

Visa required

Egypt

Visa required except for DP, SP

El Salvador

Visa required

Equatorial Guinea

Visa required

Eritrea

Visa required

Estonia

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Ethiopia

Visa required

 

F


Finland

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

France

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

 

G


Gabon

Visa required

Gambia

Visa required

Georgia

Visa not required

Germany

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Ghana

Visa required

Great Britain

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Greece

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Grenada

Visa required

Guatemala

Visa required

Guinea

Visa required

Guinea-Bissau

Visa required

Guyana

Visa required

 

H


Haiti

Visa required

The Holy See

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Honduras

Visa required

Hong Kong (China)

Visa not required (for a stay up to 14 days)

Hungary

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period 

 

I


Iceland

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

India

Visa required

Indonesia

Visa required

Iran

Visa required except for DP, SP

Iraq

Visa required

Ireland

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Israel

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Italy

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

 

J


Jamaica

Visa required

Japan

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Jordan

Visa required

 

K


Kazakhstan

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Kenya

Visa required

Republic of Korea

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Kuwait

Visa required

Kyrgyzstan

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

 

L


Laos

Visa required except for DP, SP

Latvia

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Lebanon

Visa required

Liberia

Visa required

Libya

Visa required

Liechtenstein

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Lithuania

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Luxemburg

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

 

M


Macedonia

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period (till 15 March 2015)

Madagascar

Visa required

Malaysia

Visa required

Mali

Visa required

Malta

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Mauritania

Visa required

Mauritius

Visa required

Mexico

Visa required except for DP

Moldova

Visa not required

Monaco

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Mongolia

Visa required except for service, tourist and private trips on conditions that documents certifying the purpose of the trip are provided

Montenegro

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Morocco

Visa required except for DP, SP

 

N


Nepal

Visa required

Netherlands

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

New Zealand

Visa required

Nigeria

Visa required

Norway

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

 

O


Oman

Visa required

 

P


Pakistan

Visa required

Panama

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Paraguay

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Peru

Visa required except for DP, SP

Philippines

Visa required

Poland

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Portugal

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Puerto Rico

Visa required

 

Q


Qatar

Visa required except for DP, SP

 

R


Republic of South Africa

Visa required

Romania

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Russian Federation

Visa not required

 

S


San Marino

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Saudi Arabia

Visa required

Serbia

Visa not required for a stay up to 30 days within a 60 day period

Sierra Leone

Visa required

Singapore

Visa required except for DP, SP

Slovakia

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Slovenia

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Spain

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Sri Lanka

Visa required

Sudan

Visa required

Sweden

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Switzerland

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Syria

Visa required 

 

T


Tajikistan

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Tanzania

Visa required

Thailand

Visa required except for DP, SP

Tunisia

Visa required

Turkey

Visa not required for a stay up to 30 days

Turkmenistan

Visa required except for DP, SP

 

U


Uganda

Visa required

United Arab Emirates

Visa required

Uruguay

Visa required except for DP, SP

USA

Visa not required for a stay up to 90 days within a 180 day period

Uzbekistan

Visa not required

 

V


Vanuatu

Visa required

Venezuela

Visa required except for DP, SP

Vietnam

Visa required except for DP, SP

 

Y


Yemen

Visa required

 

Z


Zambia

Visa required

Zimbabwe