How to get a visa to Ukraine to reunite with your family? D-14, D-15 and private C-02 visas

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Ukraine is opening its doors to families for shared residency, irrespective of when family connections were established and the status of the individuals involved. Two types of visas, D-14 and D-15, have been introduced for entry and temporary or permanent residence in Ukraine for the family members of foreigners or stateless individuals who are already in Ukraine on legal grounds.

Our legal experts will provide insights into who should apply for a D-14 visa and who should opt for a D-15 visa, guiding you through the process. We offer these services as part of facilitating the legalization of the stay of foreigners in Ukraine, as one of our core principles is to provide comprehensive services in one location.

Which visa should you apply for if you have relatives in Ukraine?

Visa D-14: Family Reunification with Ukrainian Citizens.

This visa type enables family members of Ukrainian citizens with resident status in the country to come together and reside jointly. The primary criterion is marriage, even if the marriage took place outside of Ukraine. Such a marriage must be lawfully recognized according to the legislation of the country where it was contracted.

Visa D-15: Family Reunification with Individuals on Temporary Residence.

This type of visa is crafted to unite families where one of the partners already holds the status of a temporary resident of Ukraine. In simpler terms, they possess a permit for temporary residence in Ukraine. The D-15 visa opens doors for family members, allowing them to join and share life in Ukraine together with their loved ones. Therefore, if your significant other has a temporary residence permit in Ukraine, you also have the right to move and reside here together with them.

Our company has received numerous inquiries from clients facing similar situations, as the proper documentation and procedures significantly influence a substantial part of your future.

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Assistance with Visa Acquisition and Subsequent Residence Permit Processing

Recently, we provided legal assistance to a Latvian citizen who intended to obtain a visa and subsequently process a temporary residence permit in Ukraine. His wife, a South Korean citizen, had been residing in Ukraine for six months, holding a work permit and serving as the head of the Korean language department at one of the universities in Kyiv. After discussing their future plans to build a family in Ukraine, they approached our firm for assistance.

Our company offered a comprehensive range of services, including the preparation of all necessary documents and assistance with form completion. We made every effort to ensure our client's convenience at every stage of the process, including scheduling an appointment at the relevant consulate and conducting negotiations with immigration authorities. We provided legal consultations, furnished information on all requirements and procedures related to obtaining a visa and temporary residence permit in Ukraine. As a result, we achieved maximum comfort in resolving the matter and contributed to the successful completion of this process for our clients.

Which documents are required for a D visa?

Please review the list of necessary documents for obtaining a D visa, issued for family reunification:

  • A valid passport, which must remain valid for at least 3 months beyond the planned departure date from Ukraine, with available pages for visa stamps.
  • Visa application form to be completed and signed by the applicant.
  • Photograph sized 35x45 mm.
  • Medical insurance policy covering expenses of at least 30,000 euros or an equivalent amount in another currency.
  • Document confirming the marriage between a Ukrainian citizen and a foreigner or stateless person. If the marriage was contracted outside of Ukraine, its validity must be confirmed according to the legislation of the country where it was concluded. If the document requires legalization or apostille, the presence of the corresponding stamp is mandatory.
  • Document confirming the family relationship with the family members of a foreigner or stateless person holding a temporary residence permit in Ukraine. The same requirements apply to these documents as to the marriage document.
  • Documents confirming the financial support for the maintenance of family members in Ukraine.

Procedure for D Visa Processing in Ukraine

The process of obtaining a D visa for Ukraine can be a smooth and effective experience if the appropriate steps and requirements are followed. First and foremost, it is crucial to take note of the following information regarding the procedure for processing a D visa through Ukraine's foreign diplomatic offices.

  1. Document Submission with Planned Travel: Documents for obtaining a D visa should be submitted no earlier than 3 months before the planned trip to Ukraine. This is a critical aspect that facilitates the timely processing of the visa and helps avoid unnecessary delays.
  2. Completing the Visa Application and Registering the Visa Request: The Consular Service Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine recommends that all foreigners and stateless individuals planning to apply for a D visa complete the visa application and register the visa request before submitting documents. This aids in organizing and expediting the visa application review process.
  3. Consular Fee: Embassies and consulates of Ukraine charge a consular fee for processing a D visa. The base tariff rate is 65 US dollars unless otherwise specified by Ukraine's international agreements. It is important to note that for certain visa categories or foreigners from specific countries, the consular fee may vary and exceed the base rate.
  4. Expedited Visa Processing: If it is necessary to expedite visa processing or if it is done outside regular working hours, the consular fee is charged at double the regular rate. Therefore, it is advisable to plan the visa application well in advance, considering the processing times.

This information provides a general overview of the procedure for obtaining a D visa in Ukraine through foreign diplomatic offices. Adhering to these steps meticulously will help simplify the process and ensure the successful acquisition of a visa for entry into Ukraine.

Characteristics of Obtaining a Visa to Ukraine for Countries with Migration Risks

One notable aspect when applying for a D visa for family reunification involves the scrutiny of applicants from countries with perceived migration risks by consular embassies. Some countries are considered more risky from a migration policy standpoint, and citizens from these nations may encounter additional requirements.

Consular embassies have the authority to request supplementary documents from applicants hailing from these countries to validate the sincerity of their intentions and the status of their family connections. Personal interviews with applicants might also be conducted to discern their genuine migration intentions and adherence to Ukraine's migration laws.

It is crucial to recognize that the list of countries categorized as having migration risks undergoes periodic updates. As a result, all applicants should stay abreast of the latest information provided by Ukrainian consular offices and on their official websites. Currently, the list encompasses over 70 countries, including Russia and others. Applicants from these countries should be prepared for the potential of additional administrative processing of their applications and cooperate with consular offices to meet all requirements.

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Private Visa to Ukraine (C-02)

If you plan to visit your relatives and friends in Ukraine for a short period, consider obtaining a private visa (C-02). This visa category is specifically designed for such situations and allows you to visit Ukraine for a short period of up to 90 days within 180 days. The private visa can be single-entry, double-entry, or multiple-entry.

To obtain this visa, in addition to standard documents such as a passport, visa application, photograph, and medical insurance policy, you must provide additional documents that vary depending on your specific situation and the purpose of your visit to Ukraine:

  1. Notarized invitation from a private individual – a citizen of Ukraine, a foreigner, or a stateless person lawfully residing in Ukraine temporarily or permanently.
  2. Document confirming your property rights to real estate in Ukraine (if applicable).
  3. Document proving your relationship with Ukrainian citizens if you are a spouse, parent, or child of a Ukrainian citizen.

The C-02 visa to Ukraine is a convenient option for meeting with family and friends and spending time together on a short-term visit.

If you have any inquiries or need additional information about obtaining a visa, or a residence permit, or if you want to address other migration and legal issues, contact our specialists.

If you are planning a visit to Ukraine and want to know precisely how to do it safely and ensure you can stay in the country for the desired duration, reach out to us.

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We are always ready to provide you with informative consultations and quality assistance in resolving matters related to your stay in Ukraine. Our extensive experience will help make the visa or residence permit application process as efficient and secure as possible.

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Publication date: 16/10/2023

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