How can a foreigner stay for more than 90 days in Ukraine?

For a foreigner to stay in Ukraine after his visa or relevant entry document has expired, the person must have compelling reasons, such as:

  • Employment;
  • Family reunification (when one of the spouses is a Ukrainian citizen);
  • Family reunification (when one of its members –spouse, children – has a residence permit;
  • The foreigner is implementing a project on international technical assistance;
  • Working in religious organizations;
  • Working in branches or representative offices of foreign organizations, companies or banks;
  • Cultural, educational, scientific and volunteer activities;
  • Working as a foreign media correspondent or representative;
  • Studying in a Ukrainian educational institution.

We are ready to help you secure a residence permit even if you have no sufficient grounds.

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Salalaiko Arsenii Senior Partner, Nakaz
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Why Choose Us?

Immigration law is one of our main areas of specialization. We often deal with issues concerning residence permit in Ukraine. Law firm Nakaz has the expertise when it comes to handling your residence permit process and is 100% sure of the outcome. We are ready to provide a guarantee. For our 10 years of our existence in the market, we have helped clients obtain hundreds of residence permits. We have also resolved a number of unique situations. Our clients include small and medium‐sized enterprises and entrepreneurs, software developers, designers, photographers and freelancers. We have even helped a founder of a charity organization to establish his foundation. With us, you are sure not to be left alone with emerging issues anywhere and at any stage of obtaining a residence permit. We will be with you throughout the process of obtaining a residence permit: when renting accommodation, at the bank, at police station and when registering your business. And if you wish, we will continue our cooperation: when renewing your residence permit, when filing your tax reports, and other situations that are sure to arise when living in a foreign country.

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State Migration Service of Ukraine
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Security Service of Ukraine
State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

Opportunities provided by a residence permit in Ukraine

Duration of stay in Ukraine is not limited: you can stay freely for 3 years (90 days out of 180 from the date of first entry)

Opportunity to legalize your income and pay taxes in Ukraine

Doing business on the territory of Ukraine

How to obtain a residence permit in Ukraine in 60 minutes?

Call the office of law firm Nakaz
5 minutes
Get advice on our services
20 minutes
Make 70% advance payment
5 minutes
Send or bring your documents
10 minutes
Enter Ukraine with the right purpose of a visit
5 minutes
Follow us to the office of the migration service
5 minutes
Receive from us the executed range of services
5 minutes
Pay the remaining 30%
5 minutes
TOTAL: 60 minutes

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  • The cost and duration of obtaining a residence permit if you are to do it by yourself
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We work on a case-by-case basis with each client. In doing so, we create a strategy that involves choosing only the necessary services appropriate to the specific situation. This saves the client from paying for something that he or she does not need.

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The cost of obtaining a residence permit

Through registration of a company
TIN code 135 $
Preparation of documents 500 $
Registration of LLC 215 $
Work permit 290 $
Filing in LCA 195 $
Registration in Kiev 405 $
National payment 2 030 $
Restoration of family members
TIN code 135 $
Preparation of documents 500 $
Registration of LLC 215 $
Work permit 290 $
Through marriage (if you have no wife/husband of Ukrainian citizenship)
Obtaining TIN code 135 $
Our services 155 $
Notary Services 60 $
Through marriage (if you have no wife/husband of Ukrainian citizenship)
Preparation of documents 1 135 $
Submission of documents 60 $
Availability check 40 $
Getting permission 60 $
Renewal of the residence permit for a family of 3 persons
Director 150 $
Submission of reports to the tax 35 $
Drawing up an employment contract 30 $
Departure of the lawyer for the inspection of the labor service 350 $
Court Support 195 $
Change of director 110 $

Here are the estimated costs for obtaining a residence permit. However the figures might differ based on the specific case of a client

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Frequently Asked Questions

If a foreigner wishes to stay in Ukraine for more than 90 days during consideration of his documents for permanent residence, he must extend his stay in Ukraine. Submission of documents for permanent residence does not automatically extend the period of stay of a foreigner in Ukraine. To extend the period of stay, the foreigner should submit his relevant documents to the migration service no later than three working days before the end of his current stay. The grounds for extending the stay can be considered as: filing of documents for immigration permit.
A permanent residence gives the foreigner almost all the rights enjoyed by Ukrainian citizens. Moreover, the foreigner does not lose his original citizenship. However, unlike Ukrainian citizens, a foreigner with a permanent residence has no right to vote (right to vote or be voted for into a public office) or to buy or own agricultural land.
Below are the main benefits for a foreigner:
  • He/she can enter the territory of Ukraine at any time without visa;
  • He/she can work in Ukraine without additional permits;
  • Duration of stay in Ukraine is not limited. Unlike a temporary residence permit, which requires annual renewal, a permanent residence permit is valid for an unlimited period. A permanent residence permit needs to be renewed only twice in one’s life – upon reaching 25 and 45 years;
  • With a permanent residence permit, the prospects for becoming a citizen of Ukraine are brighter;
  • the tax residence of Ukraine, the tax rates and tax incentives are applied as for Ukrainian citizens;
  • Ukraine’s tax residence, tax rates and tax incentives are applied on the foreigner like on Ukrainian citizens; A foreigner with a permanent residence permit can obtain other countries’ visas in the embassies and consular agencies located on the territory of Ukraine;
  • Freedom of movement, freedom to choose one's residence;
  • No restrictions on banking operations;
  • Health insurance is not compulsory;
  • Entitlement to any free healthcare services provided by the government to its citizens.
The following are the grounds on which a foreigner can obtain a temporary residence permit:
  1. Working in Ukraine – a work permit;
  2. Working at the representative offices of duly registered foreign companies in Ukraine;
  3. Working in branches or representative offices of duly registered foreign banks in Ukraine;
  4. Working as a correspondent or representative of foreign media;
  5. Attending day courses;
  6. Marriage with a Ukrainian citizen;
  7. Marriage to a foreigner who has a temporary residence permit;
  8. Marriage to a foreigner, who is recognized as a refugee or who is granted asylum in Ukraine;
  9. Investing €100,000 in the Ukrainian economy;
  10. Participation in projects on international technical assistance;
  11. Participation in international and regional volunteer programs or participation in activities organized by volunteer organizations registered in Ukraine.
  12. Conduct of cultural, scientific and educational activities under Ukraine’s international treaties and special programs;
  13. Recognized as a professional athlete;
  14. Religious activities at the invitation of religious organizations in coordination with the government;
  15. Participation in the activities of subsidiaries, branches, and representative offices of foreign NGOs.
Visa D or long term visa is a permit issued by Ukrainian Embassies to enter Ukraine for the purpose of obtaining a residence permit. Obtaining this visa is one of the requirements for filing documents for a temporary residence permit. But there are exceptions. There is a number of States that have signed International Treaties with Ukraine on Abolition of visa D for their citizens. So, the citizens of Russia, Moldova, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, and Uzbekistan are not obliged to apply for a visa D: they just need to leave Ukraine and re-enter after properly registering the grounds for obtaining a residence permit.
To process a residence permit in Ukraine, the following requirements must be met:
  1. Must be eligible for a residence permit;
  2. Must obtain a visa D (citizens of Russia, Moldova, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, and Uzbekistan are exempted);
  3. Must legally stay on the territory of Ukraine;
  4. Must collect the necessary package of documents;
  5. Must submit documents to the Department of Migration Service at your place of residence.
Documents:
  1. Applications;
  2. A document confirming your eligibility for a residence permit;
  3. Letter of request from the receiving party;
  4. Your traveling passport bearing a Ukrainian border stamp and the visa D/without visa D – depending on the foreigner’s nationality;
  5. Copies of pages of your traveling passport containing personal data, visa D, border stamp, translated into Ukrainian language and notarized in accordance with the established procedure;
  6. Four 3.5 x 4.5 cm photos on matt paper;
  7. Identification code, if available;
  8. Health insurance;
  9. Document confirming payment of state and administration fees.
The documents are submitted to the territorial authority (Directorate General, Department) of the State Migration Service at your place of residence in Ukraine, provided you are in Ukraine legally.

The standard duration of a temporary residence permit is one year. But, in some cases, the validity period may vary. So, a temporary residence permit is issued with the same duration as a work permit, period of study, and duration of the project on international technical assistance. Investors are issued a temporary residence permit for a period of two years.

The validity of a temporary residence permit may be extended unlimited number of times if there are grounds prescribed by law. It is important to note that you need to apply for renewal no later than 10 calendar days prior to expiration. Otherwise, the residence permit will be revoked, and you will be required to obtain a new residence permit.

It is also worth noting that the validity period of a residence permit cannot exceed the validity period of your traveling passport.

You are not required to own a property in Ukraine before you can obtain a residence permit. Before submitting your documents, you need to decide on your future place of residence because this decides on which body of the State Migration Service will your documents be submitted to and where the foreigner is to register his place of residence after receiving a temporary residence permit. You are required to register a place of residence within 30 calendar days after obtaining your residence permit. You can use your own apartment or a rented apartment (if the landlord agrees) as your place of residence.
A temporary residence permit can be withdrawn by the relevant migration service under the following cases:
  1. If informed by the police and/or other appropriate government agencies that the residence permit was issued based on false information, forged or invalid documents;
  2. If it receives a reasoned request from the receiving party to revoke the residence permit (including when the foreigner is dismissed from office) or to terminate the activities of the host party - legal entity;
  3. If the foreigner is sentenced to prison in Ukraine;
  4. If the foreigner’s actions threaten national security, public order, health, protection of rights and legitimate interests of citizens of Ukraine and other residents of Ukraine;
  5. If the authorized body decides to force a foreigner out of Ukraine or deport him from the country;
  6. In other cases stipulated by the law.

The decision to revoke a residence permit is taken by the head of the State migration service that issued the permit it or by the deputy head, within five working days from the date of receipt of the relevant information on the cases mentioned above.

Note! Most foreigners frequently ask us whether a residence permit can be revoked if you stay away from the territory of Ukraine for a long period. So, we would like to note that there are no provisions in the current laws of Ukraine stipulating that a residence permit can be revoked if the holder stays away from the territory of Ukraine for a prolonged period.

When the authorized staff of a territorial body of the State migration service receives the application for a temporary residence permit, he checks whether the applicant is eligible, whether the submitted documents are valid, whether the application was submitted within stipulated time frames, whether the passport bears the Ukrainian border stamp or extension of stay or a document confirming the legality of stay of the foreigner in Ukraine. He checks whether the information about the foreigner contained in his traveling documents is the same with the one in in his applications. He clarifies whether the foreigner is in the country legally. He also checks on "ARMOR" databases with the aim of identifying whether the foreigner has committed offences or is wanted during his stay in Ukraine.
A residence permit can be denied under the following cases:
  1. The need to ensure national security or public order;
  2. If the denial is necessary to protect health, defend the rights and legitimate interests of Ukrainian citizens and other persons residing in Ukraine;
  3. If the foreigner's passport is fake, damaged or does not correspond to the established sample or belongs to another person;
  4. If false information or forged documents are provided;
  5. If the foreigner is found not to have complied with the decisions of the court or public authorities authorized to impose administrative sanctions, or he has other financial obligations to the state, individuals or legal entities, including those who are associated with previous expulsion from Ukraine, including expiration of ban on further entry to Ukraine;
  6. In other cases, stipulated by the law
A temporary residence permit is issued within 10 days from the date of submission of documents to the Migration Service Department.
An immigration permit (permanent residence) can be revoked if:
  1. It is found that it was granted based on false information, forged documents or documents have become invalid;
  2. If the immigrant is sentenced to more than one year in prison and the court sentence has entered into legal force;
  3. If the immigrant's actions pose a threat to the national security of Ukraine and to public order in Ukraine;
  4. If the revocation is necessary to protect health, rights and legitimate interests of citizens of Ukraine;
  5. If the immigrant violated the law on legal status of foreigners and stateless persons;
  6. In other cases stipulated by the laws of Ukraine.

Note! Most foreigners frequently ask us whether a permanent residence can be revoked if you stay away from the territory of Ukraine for a long period. So, we would like to note that there are no provisions in the current laws of Ukraine stipulating that a permanent residence can be revoked if the holder stays away from the territory of Ukraine for a prolonged period.

You are not required to own a property in Ukraine before you can obtain a permanent residence permit. Before submitting your documents, you need to decide on your future place of residence because this decides on which body of the State Migration Service will your documents be submitted to and where the foreigner is to register his place of residence after receiving a temporary residence permit. You are required to register a place of residence within 30 calendar days after obtaining your permanent residence permit. You can use your own apartment or a rented apartment (if the landlord agrees) as your place of residence.
The immigration authorities check whether the applicant is eligible, whether he is in the country legally, whether the submitted documents are valid, whether there are grounds to deny him an immigration permit and for this purpose send a request to the MIA, National police, Security Service of Ukraine and its regional bodies, the Ukrainian agency of Interpol and the State Border Service. Depending on the outcome of these checks, the immigration authorities decide whether to issue or deny the applicant a permit.
The documents are submitted to the State migration service at your place of residence in Ukraine, provided you are in Ukraine legally.
A permanent residence can be denied under the following cases:
  1. If the foreigner has outstanding or unquashed convictions;
  2. If the foreigner has committed a crime against peace, a war crime or a crime against humanity, or is wanted with regards to a serious criminal offence by the laws of Ukraine, or is suspected of a criminal offence, of which investigation is still ongoing;
  3. If the foreigner is found to chronically abuse alcohol, indulge in substance abuse and drug addiction or has infectious diseases;
  4. If the foreigner gave false information in his applications or submitted forged documents;
  5. If the foreigner is legally denied entry into Ukraine; *This provision does not apply to foreigners who are spouses, children or parents of citizens of Ukraine, and also foreigners who themselves or whose relatives were born or permanently resided before August 24, 1991 in the territory, which became the territory of Ukraine after the dissolution of the USSR.

Permanent residence in Ukraine is issued in two stages: first, the foreigner receives an immigration permit in the migration service, and then on the basis of this permit, receives a permanent residence permit.

It takes 1 year to obtain an immigration permit –starting from the date of filing the process. Note! The immigration permit is valid for one year from the date of issue. That is, within this 1-year period, you need to apply for a permanent residence permit. A permanent residence permit itself is issued within seven days from the date of submission of all documents.

To process a residence permit in Ukraine, the following requirements must be met:
  1. Must be eligible for a permanent residence;
  2. Must legally stay on the territory of Ukraine;
  3. Must collect the necessary package of documents;
  4. Must submit documents to migration service authorities at your place of residence.
Documents:
  1. Applications;
  2. A document confirming your eligibility for a permanent residence;
  3. Copies of pages of your traveling passport containing personal data, border stamp, translated into Ukrainian language and notarized accordingly;
  4. 8 photos;
  5. medical certificate (there are exceptions);
  6. certificate of no criminal record in Ukraine and abroad (there are exceptions);
  7. the document about the place of residence in Ukraine and abroad.
The following are entitled to immigration (permanent residence) in Ukraine:
Foreigners:

Within the immigration quota*: full brother or sister, grandfather or grandmother, grandson or granddaughter of the citizens of Ukraine; parents, husband (wife) of the immigrant and their minor children; foreigners who have invested an equivalent of US$100,000 in the economy of Ukraine**; foreigners who were previously citizens of Ukraine; scientists and culture-related workers whose immigration is in Ukraine’s interests; highly skilled specialists and workers needed in Ukraine; foreigners who have continuously resided in Ukraine for three years from the date they were recognized as victims of human trafficking; foreigners who have served in the Armed Forces of Ukraine for three years or more. Outside the immigration quota: over two years of marriage with a Ukrainian citizen, children and parents of a Ukrainian citizen; guardians or trustees of Ukrainian citizens, foreigners who are under guardianship or trusteeship of Ukrainian citizens, foreigner or one of his parents, grandparent, siblings (full and half), son or daughter, grandson or granddaughter who were born or permanently resided before August 24, 1991 in the territory which became the territory of Ukraine after the collapse of the USSR; a foreigner or someone from his parents, grandparent, siblings (full and half) who were born or permanently resided in other territories, which were at the time of their birth or during their permanent residence a part of the West Ukrainian People's Republic, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, Zakarpattia Ukraine; foreign Ukrainians, spouses of foreign Ukrainians, their children in the case of their gathered entry and stay on the territory of Ukraine; foreigners whose immigration is of state interest for Ukraine.
* An immigration quota is a limited number of foreigners that can be issued a permanent residence in Ukraine in a calendar year.
** Buying property in Ukraine is not a ground for obtaining permanent residence.
Foreigners who were permanently residing on the territory of Ukraine before terminating their Ukrainian citizenship and still residing permanently in Ukraine.

Triple guarantee on services

We are so confident in the quality of our services that we provide a unique triple money-back guarantee
  1. We will refund your money if your inability to obtain a residence permit is our fault!
  2. We will refund your money if we do not meet the deadline for preparation of documents!
  3. We will refund your money if we made at least one mistake in the documents!

Before we start preparing your documents, our lawyers will carefully check your eligibility for a residence permit. If there are serious grounds of refusal, we will help you to eliminate them. But this would depend on you providing us with authentic and accurate information about yourself, including valid documents.

We always find solutions, even in unusual situations

Obtaining a residence permit in Ukraine rarely goes according to plan. But we always achieve our goals and properly respond to unusual situations.

Here are a few situations from the life of Nakaz and our customers

George Whiteman Israel, investor
Case: Buying a real estate

Our client came from Israel. He wanted to start a rental property business. In addition, he had planned to obtain a residence permit and settle in Ukraine for some while. Not knowing immigration laws, it was difficult for him to smoothly navigate all through the process alone. But he urgently needed to start the business and obtain a residence permit as soon as possible. Having assessed his capabilities and time, the client contacted us. Our lawyers first examined his documents and submitted them to the appropriate authorities. Starting a business is one of the ways to obtain a residence permit; however, there are a number of issues to be resolved.

Thomas Ticher Germany, philanthropist
Case: Establishing a charitable organization

There are rare situations in which we also find a solution. One of such situations was a German citizen who wanted to open a Charitable Foundation in support of ATO, and be able to stay in Ukraine without restrictions as he personally visited the East to help the ATO soldiers. He contacted different firms but most of them were unable to help, while others inflated their costs. He had no opportunity and time to collect the necessary documents. We signed a power of attorney and our lawyers prepared and collected the required documentation package. Now he is running a successful charity activity in the country and has received a residence permit in Ukraine.

Nicolas Blackwood USA, entrepreneur
Case: Starting a family in Ukraine

There are situations when clients waste their highly limited time. So was the case with a couple (he is American, she is Ukrainian), they were married and expecting a child. Having decided to go obtain a residence permit on their own, they spent a lot of time in queues, collecting certificates and being denied by Ukrainian government agencies for unknown reasons. The lady was soon to give birth and her American partner wanted to be there during birth. But his duration of stay in the country was ending. By contacting us, we were able to find a solution in the shortest possible time. This made it possible for him to be present during the birth of their first child.

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Salalaiko Arseniisenior partner,
Immigration lawyer

  • Lawyer's license
    № 001853
  • 332 won court
    court cases
  • 150 publications
    in law journals
  • 500+ residence permits

Orlov Filipmanaging partner,
immigration attorney

  • Lawyer's license
    № 002833
  • 482 won
    court cases
  • 128 publications
    in law journals
  • 500+ companies

Our team is focused and committed to providing assistance in obtaining various kinds of documents in various public institutions. It’s most likely that when dealing with "our" system, you have spent unnecessary amount of time trying to obtain the required documents of "inessential importance". It's our job to solve these tasks for you in the shortest possible time and with minimum effort from you. We provide a wide range of legal services in various areas of law.

Anna Haidukovasenior migration lawyer

Natalia Chatskischief immigration lawyer

Alina KosovskaiaDeputy head of Department

Lasun Tatianalawyer of the Corporate Department

Naumenko Aleksanderlawyer of the Corporate Department

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