Obtain a residence permit at the Ukrainian consulate abroad

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Obtainment of permanent residence permit in Ukraine for foreigners
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The contemporary world is diminishing borders and increasing transparency, while population mobility is on a significant rise. Individuals from various countries are relocating to Ukraine for diverse reasons, ranging from family considerations to the prospect of business development in our nation. Ukraine, with its rich history, diverse cultural traditions, and stunning natural landscapes, has always captivated the interest of foreigners. Hence, securing a Permanent Residence Permit in Ukraine can be a pivotal step for any foreigner aspiring to live and work in our country.

However, the process of obtaining a Permanent Residence Permit may pose challenges, particularly when circumstances hinder a personal visit to Ukraine for document submissions and addressing housing matters. Additionally, if you are not a resident of Ukraine, this procedure can be complex and financially demanding.

In such scenarios, obtaining a Permanent Residence Permit through a Ukrainian consulate abroad becomes a viable option. Our team is prepared to streamline this process for you, eliminating the need to postpone relocation plans or document submissions due to legal or geographical barriers. We will assist you in securing an immigration permit in advance, enabling you to make decisions about residing in Ukraine with confidence.

Our team assists clients in various situations, whether you are planning to reside in Ukraine for six months or a year, making periodic business trips, or intending to stay in Ukraine permanently. We will guide you through the process of obtaining a residence permit in an organized manner, considering your specific needs and circumstances, and as quickly as possible.

In this article, we will thoroughly explore the process of obtaining a Permanent Residence Permit at the consulate and the advantages of this method. We will also discuss the most common grounds for obtaining a Permanent Residence Permit, the benefits of having permanent residency in Ukraine, and the possibility of actual residence in another country. Using the example of one of our clients, we will illustrate how our legal firm assists in addressing these matters and streamlining the Permanent Residence Permit application process for foreigners.

The process of obtaining a Permanent Residence Permit at the Ukrainian consulate

The process of obtaining a permanent residence permit at the Ukrainian consulate involves specific conditions and steps. The remote stages of obtaining permission for a Permanent Residence Permit include:

  • Reviewing the client's documents and situation, identifying all stages step by step.
  • Gathering the necessary documents and processing them in accordance with the established requirements (legalization, translations, notarization, etc.).
  • Applying to the embassy or consulate of Ukraine abroad based on the place of residence with a request for immigration permission.
  • Waiting for all necessary checks to be completed and obtaining immigration permission at the location of document submission.
  • Entering Ukraine and, during the validity of the immigration permission, applying for a permanent residence permit.
  • Registering a place of residence in Ukraine.

Certainly, to obtain the permit, there must be a valid basis for it. The most common grounds for obtaining a Permanent Residence Permit include:

  1. Family ties: Marriage to Ukrainian citizens or other family and relative connections.
  2. Highly qualified specialists and workers, including IT professionals.
  3. Territorial origin of an individual or their close relatives, etc.

It is crucial to ensure that there are no bans or restrictions on entering Ukraine or obtaining a Permanent Residence Permit. Bans may be related to violations of Ukraine's laws, a criminal record, entry restrictions to Ukraine, or other factors like national security or restrictions for citizens of specific countries.

To submit an application for permission, you will need to pay consular fees. The amount of these fees may vary depending on the country and other relevant factors.

Obtaining an immigration permit at the Ukrainian consulate has several advantages:

  • Convenience: You don't need to travel to Ukraine before submitting documents. This is particularly useful for those abroad with time constraints. There's no need to search for accommodation in Ukraine or find a host who will provide lodging for your future registration.
  • Efficiency: The process of obtaining a Permanent Residence Permit at the consulate can be efficient and quick if all documents are prepared correctly.
  • Readiness for relocation: You can finalize housing and other details of your move to Ukraine after obtaining permission. You can even purchase or inherit property, significantly minimizing taxes, thanks to having a Permanent Residence Permit.

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However, it's important to consider that, as of October 2023, legislative changes have reduced the processing period for immigration permit applications from one year to six months when submitted within Ukraine. However, if you submit your application to a Ukrainian diplomatic mission or consular office abroad, the processing time remains unchanged at one year.

Having a Permanent Residence Permit in Ukraine but living abroad: Is it possible?

The question often arises whether it's possible to hold a Permanent Residence Permit in Ukraine but not actually reside in the country. So, is it possible to possess permanent residency in Ukraine but live abroad?

Obtaining a Permanent Residence Permit does not require mandatory continuous residence in Ukraine, nor does it restrict the ability to travel abroad and stay there for extended periods. Foreigners with permanent residency have the right to freely stay both in Ukraine and abroad for any duration, without limiting themselves to any specific timeframes. The crucial factor is the registration of the place of residence, as failure to do so may result in administrative penalties and fines imposed on the foreigner.

It's important to note that obtaining a Permanent Residence Permit grants you the right to live in Ukraine and entails various rights and responsibilities as stipulated for residents. However, this also implies an obligation to adhere to Ukraine's laws, including taxation and other duties. You will be required to pay taxes in Ukraine and be accountable to Ukrainian authorities.

Let's examine a case involving one of our clients seeking assistance in obtaining a Permanent Residence Permit through family ties. A mother and son sought our guidance for consultation and support in this matter. The grounds for their permanent residency application were based on the mother's birth in Ukraine. The entire process was managed remotely, and the clients didn't need to incur expenses for a visit to Ukraine. Our legal team handled all the paperwork and sent the necessary documents to Kazakhstan.

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We prepared a comprehensive set of documents, arranging their appointment at the Ukrainian consulate in Kazakhstan, and providing detailed instructions for submitting the necessary paperwork to obtain an immigration permit. Throughout the document review period, we consistently monitored the case, informing the clients about its status.

The document checks and review process took 10 months, and finally, they obtained the immigration permit. We guided them through the visa application process at the consulate. Upon their arrival in Ukraine, they successfully obtained their permanent residence permit. Subsequently, the mother completed the inheritance process and re-registered her father's apartment without incurring any taxes.

This effectively resolved their residency matters in our country.

Obtaining an immigration permit at the Ukrainian consulate is a convenient and accessible method for foreigners planning to reside in Ukraine. Our legal firm is ready to provide comprehensive support at every stage of the process, equipping you with the necessary knowledge and skills for a successful permanent residency application.

If you have any questions or are considering applying for permanent residency, feel free to reach out to our company. Ukraine welcomes you, and we are ready to assist you in making your relocation as comfortable as possible.

The cost of the permanent residence permit service can be found here.

All our services for non-residents are available here.

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Publication date: 31/10/2023
Ryzhova Tatiana

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