Confirmation of the child’s Citizenship in Ukraine

The question of the need to confirm the child’s citizenship in Ukraine may arise for various reasons. For example, you and the other parent of the child are citizens of another country, but live in Ukraine based on a temporary residence permit, and the child was born here. And you want Ukraine to be your child’s country of citizenship.

Or one of the parents is a citizen of Ukraine, and you want your child to obtain Ukrainian citizenship. Often there are situations when spouses get divorced and one of the parents (the one who is Ukrainian) returns to Ukraine and wants to obtain Ukrainian citizenship for the child.

At the same time you can reason from the convenience, which the child will get from Ukrainian citizenship, or you can try to reduce the waiting time for citizenship for the whole family. Regardless of the reasons, it is important to consider that:

  • To be able to confirm the citizenship of a child in Ukraine, it is necessary to comply with the grounds and procedural nuances, which we will describe in detail;

  • Before initiating any procedure, it is better to consult with a lawyer. Perhaps your goals can be achieved in a simpler way.

Let’s talk briefly about the conditions of confirmation of the child’s citizenship in Ukraine. If you want to know more, to assess your situation and to understand whether it is possible to obtain citizenship for parents - contact us for a personal consultation.

Who is eligible for confirmation of Ukrainian citizenship?

In general, only a child born in Ukraine under completely different circumstances has such a right:

  • If a Ukrainian and a foreigner have a child born in Ukraine;

  • If both foreign parents have a temporary residence permit in the country and the child was born here as well;

  • If foreign parents came to Ukraine for vacation, but the child was born on the territory of Ukraine.

Please note! The child’s citizenship in Ukraine can be confirmed even if the child was born abroad, but the foreign parents have the right to legal stay in Ukraine. 

An interesting fact: You can obtain the necessary certificate at any age of the child (up to 16 years old). That is, even if you, having given birth to a child in Ukraine, left the country and obtained a permanent residence permit in another country, you have the right to come back to Ukraine and apply for this document. But in this case, the package of documents shall include a mandatory waiver of foreign permanent residence permit or, if your child acquired the citizenship of another country - renunciation of citizenship. 

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How do you initiate the procedure for confirming the child’s citizenship in Ukraine?

Figuratively speaking, the first step is to obtain a certificate confirming the child’s citizenship in Ukraine. This document is only a confirmation of citizenship, that is, it attests to the Ukraininan citizenship of the child. This certificate allows the child to be officially enrolled in school, receive free medical care at a clinic and obtain a passport to travel abroad. In fact, having this certificate the child enjoys all the rights of a citizen of Ukraine, but he/she becomes a full citizen only after getting the Ukrainian passport. 

The certificate confirming the child’s citizenship is only the first step to obtaining citizenship. The fact is that, according to the procedure, a child who has been confirmed as a citizen has the right to acquire citizenship (in the form of a Ukrainian passport) only after reaching the age of majority. This is done so that children can independently choose citizenship when they become adults.

As for foreign parents, even if the child has obtained the  certificate, they will definitely need to extend their legal stay in Ukraine. However, the confirmation procedure stipulates that after the certificate is issued, the foreign parents are required to obtain a permanent residence permit in the country. There is no deadline for the parent to apply for a permanent residence permit. The most important issue is whether there are any grounds for the parents to stay in Ukraine at the time of obtaining this certificate. 

If you have such grounds - our lawyers will apply for a permit to immigration, if you don’t have any grounds - we will arrange your departure from the country and obtain a temporary residence permit. There are other ways, including those that will allow you obtain the permit, without having to leave Ukraine. 

Of course, parents will undertake the procedure of obtaining a certificate of confirmation. Our team will support the parents when submitting documents and obtaining a certificate confirming the child’s citizenship of Ukraine.

What are the advantages of obtaining a certificate confirming the child’s citizenship in Ukraine for the parents?

By obtaining such a certificate for your child, you, as a foreigner, will be able to:

  • obtain a permanent residence permit in Ukraine. To apply for a permanent residence permit, parents need to prepare a set of documents and attach a certificate confirming the child’s citizenship (we will prepare the entire package of documents);

  • after you have lived in the country on the basis of the permanent residence permit about 5 years, you will be eligible to apply for citizenship of Ukraine;

  • while the documents confirming the child’s citizenship are under consideration - you can legally stay in Ukraine even without a temporary residence permit or a permanent residence permit issued in Ukraine (without having to leave the country). 

If your goal is to migrate to Ukraine and your child has grounds to confirm Ukrainian citizenship, the algorithm of your actions may look as follows:

  • Obtain a certificate of proof of the child’s citizenship;

  • Obtain an immigration permit for a foreign parent;

  • Get a permanent residence permit in Ukraine for 5 years;

  • Get a new immigration permit after 5 years;

  • Obtain Ukrainian citizenship for parents;

  • When the child reaches the age of majority, obtain the Ukrainian passport for the child.

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Legal services for confirming the child’s citizenship in Ukraine

Our firm helps foreigners in Ukraine to solve any problems with the legalization of their stay or migration to the country. Regarding the situation described in the article, we:

  • advise on the Client’s situation, analyze the risks and find the best option, depending on your needs;

  • execute power of attorney for our lawyers to represent you at state authorities;

  • do the notarial translation of all necessary documents (birth certificate, marriage certificate, passports, residence permits, etc.);

  • prepare an application and declaration for termination of citizenship (the previous one, if any); 

  • submit a set of documents to the Migration Service of Ukraine;

  • monitor the adoption of a positive decision;

  • obtain a certificate confirming the child’s citizenship of Ukraine.

If necessary, our team of keen specialists will obtain citizenship for the whole family of foreigners on a turnkey basis, as well as enable the parents to legally stay in Ukraine while waiting and obtaining an immigration permit.

Do you need assistance in confirming the child’s citizenship in Ukraine or acquiring Ukrainian citizenship for the whole family? Don’t hesitate to contact us! We will assess your chances and risks, and suggest the best option to achieve your goals.

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Publication date: 05/03/2021

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