How long to wait for a residence permit in Ukraine?
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There are two main types of documents for foreigners that allow them to stay in Ukraine legally for a long time. they include:
Based on the names of the documents, it can be understood that the Permanent Residence Permit is a more serious type of document, which allows its holder to stay legally in Ukraine for a long time, namely – 10 years.
In turn, a Temporary Residence Permit may be obtained for shorter periods, and is often issued for a period of 6 months to 3 years.
Because of the difference in validity periods, preparation of documents and their registration in the migration authorities will also last differently. In order to apply for permanent residence in Ukraine, a foreigner must have a good reason.
Based on our experience, we can name the following main terms for the execution of documents:
- a Temporary Residence Permit – 15 business days.
- a Permanent Residence Permit takes up to 1 year to obtain an immigration permit + 15 business days to obtain an ID-card.
But let’s take a practical look at other deadlines you may be faced with.
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How long does it take to get a Temporary Residence Permit in practice?
We were contacted by a client from Italy, who had to come to Ukraine urgently. In his case the reason for such a rush was his pregnant Ukrainian wife, who was planning to give birth in Ukraine and stay here with her parents for some time after the birth, and also the fact that the terms of his legal stay in Ukraine as a tourist were extremely limited.
We offered him to apply for a Temporary Residence Permit by marriage, which would allow him to stay in Ukraine for a year, as long as he needed.
To start the process, we had to prepare a passport translation, insurance policy and notarized invitation from the wife, so the client could apply for a visa D-14, which is required for a Temporary Residence Permit in Ukraine. It took us two days.
Taking into consideration the transfer of documents, within 3 days, the Client received the documents in the country of his residence, and submitted them to the Embassy for visa. After one week, he received the visa, flew to Ukraine, and on the same day, we submitted the documents to the migration service for a Temporary Residence Permit.
Eventually, the solution of the Client’s needs took us a little over 1 month.
Please note! Foreigners with a full visa-free regime with Ukraine may simply enter the territory of Ukraine, and have 15 business days of legal stay for obtaining a Temporary Residence Permit at the State Migration Service
Thus, the timeline for obtaining a Temporary Residence Permit in Ukraine may be calculated by the following formula: 15 business days for consideration + 3-4 days for processing and sending documents + the time that you spend on the collection of documents and their submission.
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How long does it take to obtain a Permanent Residence Permit in practice?
But sometimes the urgency is not the main priority for the Client, and he is interested in the duration of the stay. Then we offer another solution.
We were contacted by a citizen of the Republic of Belarus, who already had a Permanent Residence Permit in Ukraine. He wanted to bring here his mother – an elderly woman, to make it easier to care for her. He was not in a hurry, because before leaving they planned to sell the house, which also takes a lot of time.
We suggested his mother apply for a Permanent Residence Permit on the basis of family reunification with a foreigner who already has one. The preparatory stage took us exactly 1 month, as some of the necessary documents should have been obtained in the country of citizenship and apostilled. The rest was done by us on the territory of Ukraine, with the least involvement of the Client.
We organized the submission of documents for a permit to immigrate to Ukraine in advance, and the Client, arriving at the appointed time, after 30 minutes was free.
During 1 year, we controlled the whole process of reviewing documents, making inquiries and receiving comprehensive answers. At the moment of approval of the permit, the Сlient quietly and unhurriedly closed all his questions in Belarus, came for the ID-card to the SMS, and received the Permanent Residence Permit in 15 business days. The entire process took us exactly 1 year and 2 months.
If you are planning a short or long visit to Ukraine, we are ready to handle the whole procedure within the shortest possible time and with your minimum participation. We will take care of an effective solution to your problem.
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