Work permit obtainment for foreigner in Kiev (Ukraine)

Cost of services

Cost of services:

from 400 USD
When Client is elegible and has all the necessary documents
from 1300 USD
Premium (includes preparation of additional documents)
Negotiable
For large groups of foreign employees
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What we offer

While providing services employment permit obtainment for a foreign citizen, our firm:

  • drafts a set of documents for submission to the Employment Center (which is the authority in charge), including a draft of employmentcontract, a contract between a foreign employer and a Ukrainian business entity, etc .;
  • organizes the translation of passports, drafts of agreements and contracts, other necessary for submitting documents in a foreign language;
  • submits the set of documents to the Employment Center based on a power of attorney, supervises the documents examination, informs the client of a positive decision and obtains his/her work permit;
  • gives legal advice on the available / possible grounds for obtaining the permit.


When necessary, our lawyers also can:

  • assistin obtainment of insurance, which is provided together with the original/a notarial copy of the work permit at the embassy of Ukraine for a visa type D.
  • pay official fee for a work permit for foreigners application;
  • make a notarial copy of the permit for further use at the Ukrainian Embassy abroad.

 

Content

Documents for obtaining an employment permit in Ukraine

List of documents
Notarial translation of a foreign citizen’s passport
Draft of employment agreement
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What is a Work Permit in Ukraine and when do you need it?

A Work Permit for a foreigner in Ukraine is a document that entitles the employer to temporarily (for the period of the employment agreement / contract / gig contract) employ a foreign worker for a specific position and at a specific workplace. 

For the employee, the Work Permit may become a legal basis for obtaining a visa and a Temporary Residence Permit in Ukraine.

The permit is valid for no more than 2 years. A foreign citizen can extend this period. For seconded foreign employees and intra-corporate assignees, the permit validity period may not exceed 3 years.

Not only a Ukrainian LLC, but also a sole proprietor, who uses hired labor, can obtain the permit for their employees.

Terms and cost of obtaining a Work Permit

The cost of services for obtaining or extending a work permit depends on the grounds for obtaining a permit and the documents that the Client can or cannot gather on their own. You can choose a convenient service package below.

The cost of services usually does not include state fees and notary fees.

The period of obtaining a work permit in Ukraine takes from 7 business days

In case of an extension or amendment of the permit, the term for consideration of the application will be 3 business days.

For citizens of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, the following periods are extended for the period of the SBU investigation. 

But for the period of martial law in Ukraine the terms of administrative services and issuance of permits are suspended.

Where to get a Work Permit for a foreigner in Ukraine?

Documents for obtaining a Work Permit for a foreigner in Ukraine shall be submitted to the local Employment Center.

Please note! After a Work Permit is issued, a certified copy of the employment agreement must be submitted to the Employment Center to complete the procedure. The employer will have 90 days to sign the agreement and 10 days to submit it from the date of signing. Our lawyers will follow up on this point and give you appropriate guidance.

Service packages offers

Base
400 USD
  • Preparation of documents for submission to for work permit
  • Organization of translation of passports, draft contracts
  • Submission of documents
  • Preparation of details for payment for work permit
Top
Premium
1300 USD
  • Preparation of documents for submission for the Work permit
  • Organization of translation of passports, draft contracts
  • Submission of documents 
  • Preparation of requisites for payment for Work permit
  • Preparation of documents for a visa
  • Registration of medical insurance for a visa or for stay in Ukraine for 1 year
  • Instructions for further actions
VIP
1900 USD
  • Submission of documents to the registrar for registration of LLC in Ukraine for further receipt of work permit in Ukraine
  • Obtaining an extract from the USR, registration of the seal of the LLC
  • Preparation of documents for submission to the CNAP on the work permit
  • Organization of translation of passports, draft agreements
  • Submission of documents to the CNAP
  • Preparation of details for payment for work permit
  • Preparation of documents for a visa
  • Registration of medical insurance for a visa or for stay in Ukraine for 1 year
  • Instructions for obtaining a D visa
  • Sending documents to a foreigner to obtain a D visa

The cost of a work permit for large groups of foreign employees (Ukraine business visa)

In addition to the services mentioned in the above packages, we also offer services for obtaining a Work Permit for large groups of foreign employees.

The cost of these services is negotiable and the package includes:

  • Establishment of a company for the employment of employees
  • Preparation of documents for submission to the Administrative Services Center for obtaining a work permit
  • Translation of passports, draft agreements
  • Submission of documents to the Administrative Services Center
  • Preparation of details for payment for the Work Permit
  • Payment of the official payment for the Work Permit
  • Payment of medical insurance for 2 years of stay in Ukraine
  • Instructions for obtaining a visa D
  • Sending documents to a foreigner for obtaining a visa D

One of the key costs incurred by applicants for a work permit for foreign nationals is the official fee for issuing such a permit. Its amount depends on the period of the permit. The calculation is made using the subsistence minimum as of January 1 of the year in which the documents are submitted. In 2022, one subsistence minimum is UAH 2,481.

Thus, the state fee for a work permit for foreign citizens in Ukraine is:

  • for a period of fewer than 6 months - 3 subsistence minimums (UAH 7,443);
  • for a period of 6 months and up to one year - 5 subsistence minimums (UAH 12,405);
  • for the period from one year to 2 years - 8 subsistence minimums (19,848 UAH);
  • for the period from two years to 3 years - 10 subsistence minimums (UAH 24,810).

The fee for extending the permit shall be reduced by 1 subsistence minimum for issuing the permit for the corresponding period.

The permit is issued and extended at no additional cost fo the following persons:

1) persons whose documents for recognition as a refugee or a person in need of complementary protection have been accepted (or persons who appeal against the refusal),

2) foreigners who arrived in Ukraine to study at a university and intend to work in Ukraine during the period of study and after graduation;

3) persons who have applied for recognition as a stateless person and persons who appeal against the refusal to recognize them as stateless persons;

4) persons who participated in repulsing and deterring the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

Important updates in the procedure and rules for issuing work permit in Ukraine in 2022

  • For citizens of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, an additional check is carried out by the SBU;
  • One employer can combine positions without a separate work permit for each of the positions;
  • Gig-specialists, too, must now obtain a work permit;
  • The period of permission for employment under an employment contract or gig contract is now up to 2 years;
  • The permit fee has been increased for today: from 6 months to 1 year (inclusive) - UAH 12,405; from 1 year to 2 years (inclusive) - UAH 19,848;
  • In case of refusal, funds can only be returned to the account of the LLC and only within 10 days;
  • You can get a duplicate permit in case of loss of a work permit in Ukraine for an employee;
  • Making changes to the work permit in Ukraine is possible within a month from the date of occurrence of the grounds;
  • You can extend a work permit in Ukraine no earlier than 50 days and later than 20 calendar days after its expiration;
  • Not later than 90 days from the date of receipt of the permit, it is necessary to conclude an employment contract and start paying ERUs, previously it was only about concluding a contract. At the same time, non-payment of ERUs within 2 months may serve as a basis for canceling a work permit for a foreigner in Ukraine.

Documents for obtaining a work permit for foreigners in Ukraine

Given that the work permit is obtained for a foreign citizen, but the applicant is a company (entrepreneur) - employer, the documents that need to be gathered for a permit can be divided into 2 categories:

1) A natural person:

  • 1 color photo (3.5x4.5);
  • Translation of the foreigner's passport document into Ukrainian (certified by a notary).

2) A legal person:

  • power of attorney from a legal entity for the specialists of our company;
  • a copy of the draft employment agreement (contract) or gig contract with a foreigner.

In addition, other documents are provided for certain categories of foreign employees:

  • a copy of the foreign economic agreement (contract) between the Ukrainian and foreign business entities, and a copy of the document confirming the employment relationship of the foreign employee with the foreign employer who seconded him/her (for seconded foreign employees);
  • a copy of the decision of a foreign business entity on the transfer of a foreigner or stateless person to work in Ukraine (for intra-corporate assignees);
  • a copy of the order of the higher education institution of Ukraine on enrollment and establishment of periods of study for a foreign student, written consent of the university regarding the employment of a foreign student and the obligations of the institution, a copy of the temporary residence permit; a copy of the higher education document,
  • other documents.

Employers, please note! The new application forms for obtaining and extending work permits for foreigners and stateless persons will be effective from January 12, 2022. In case of the wrong application form, the Employment Center has the right to suspend consideration of the documents and in case of failure to eliminate errors - to reject the permit.

The full list of documents for obtaining a work permit in Ukraine is as follows:

  • application - prepared by our lawyers and submitted on behalf of the employer. The application shall specify that the work for which a foreign specialist is required is not related to state secrets, and also depends on the employee's citizenship of Ukraine;
  • document confirming the identity of the foreigner - a notarized copy with a certified translation into Ukrainian. Our lawyers will arrange both translation and notarization;
  • 3.5 x 4.5 cm color photo of the employee;
  • certified copy of the draft employment agreement (contract) or gig contract with the employee;
  • receipt of payment of the state fee;
  • power of attorney for a representative - our lawyers prepare a draft power of attorney,
  • if necessary, other documents, drafts of which will be prepared by our lawyers.

Why us

English-speaking lawyers
You will be working with lawyers, who do not only have a professional understanding of the legal aspects of obtaining work permits, but are also able to clearly explain all these aspects to you in English.
Services on a turn-key basis
Obtaining a work permit is rarely standalone service. We usually support a full range of related procedures such as: incorporation in Ukraine, obtaining a residence permit, bookkeeping, etc.
Security of spent money
Since obtaining a work permit is rather expensive procedure, it is very important not only to obtain, but also to save it. By working with us and entrusting us in servicing your business, you can be sure that your permit will not be revoked due to failure to submit the contract or other reasons.

We are ready to help you!

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Our successful projects

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What minimum salary can be set for obtaining a work permit for a foreigner in Ukraine?

Today, the law excludes the minimum wage for a foreign worker who is invited to work in Ukraine on the basis of a work permit, but adds a ground for cancellation of the permit in case of non-payment of the state fee within 2 months from the date of conclusion of the employment agreement with a foreign employee.

Important! There is a special category of foreign employees, for example, highly paid employees or IT specialists working under a gig contract, who have their own wage rates. Our lawyers will help you to determine whether the salary set by the employer for a particular employee is appropriate for obtaining a work permit in each specific case.

How to extend a Work Permit for a foreign citizen (foreigner) in Ukraine?

The procedure for obtaining a work permit is regulated by the Law of Ukraine "On Employment" of July 05, 2012.

Obtaining a work permit for foreign citizens with us is simple, safe, and effective.

To extend a work permit for a foreigner in Ukraine, the employer must submit an application to the Employment Center no earlier than 50 days and not later than 20 days before the end of the employee's permit. However, if the employee also needs to extend the temporary residence permit obtained in Ukraine on the basis of the permit, it must be done within at least 15 business days.

A work permit in Ukraine can be extended an unlimited number of times.

The application for an extension of a work permit for a foreigner in Ukraine is considered within 3 business days.

Our lawyers can help with the extension of work permits for your employees.

Can a foreign employee work in Ukraine on several projects at the same time?

Yes, provided that certain conditions are met:

  • An employee may be employed at different employers in different positions, provided that he/she has obtained a Work Permit for each position;

  • An employee may combine his/her work with the work at a position of temporary absent employee, provided that this combination does not exceeds 60 calendar days per year;

  • In case of a foreign high-wage employee, the period of the employment agreement for the part-time position must not exceed the period of the Work Permit obtained for the principal position.

  • Foreigners and stateless persons may be employed without a work permit in part-time positions with the same employer if the term of the employment agreement for the part-time position does not exceed the term of the permit for the main place of work.

Employment of foreign workers without a Work Permit

Who doesn’t need a Work Permit in Ukraine? Work Permit requirements do not apply to a number of foreign workers, which are specified in the Law of Ukraine “On Employment of Population”. For example:

  • Holders of permanent residence permits in Ukraine;

  • Personnel of maritime and air transport, if they serve ships in our country;

  • Foreign journalists and other employees of mass media accredited in Ukraine;

  • Employees of representative offices of foreign companies;

  • Ukrainians who have a Permanent Residence Permits in other countries;

  • Other categories of foreign citizens.


However, it’s worth remembering that in certain cases other laws and regulations thereunder may establish a document that replaces the Work Permit. Thus, the abovementioned employees of foreign representative offices must obtain service cards from the Ministry of Economy, which allows them to work.

Business trip of foreign companies’ employees to Ukraine

The current legislation provides for the need to obtain a work permit even in cases when a foreign employee comes to Ukraine on a business trip.

At the same time, a business trip should be understood as not just a business visit to Ukraine, but the performance of a specific amount of work on the basis of a Ukrainian business entity.

In this case, a work permit can be obtained for up to 3 years with the possibility of an extension. The key document for obtaining this permit will be the relevant agreement between the foreign employer and the Ukrainian business entity. 

Answers to frequently asked questions

Do you need to obtain a work permit for a foreigner employee seconded to Ukraine?

Usually, it is necessary. Current regulations stipulate for the obtaining of an employment permit for a foreign citizen even if he is employed by a foreign company but is seconded to perform a certain amount of work (provide services) in Ukraine.

For what period of time can one obtain a work permit in Ukraine?

According to the current legislation, work permits are issued for a period of up to 6 months, from 6 months to 1 year, and from 1 year to 2 or 3 years. The official payment for issuing a permit depends on the permit validity period.

Do you need a medical certificate from narcologist and a no-criminal record certificate?

No, you do not need them. The specified certificates were indeed necessary in the past, but the requirement for their submission is currently canceled.

Do you need to submit the educational degree for all the categories of employees?

No, you do not. As of today the requirement is only relevant for graduates of top-tier world universities, although it has been applied to almost all employees in the past.

Introductory legal consultation on the procedure for obtaining a Work Permit for foreigners in Ukraine

If before ordering the service you want to understand the procedure in more detail, learn all possible options for solving the issue of employment of a foreigner in Ukraine or ask a lawyer additional questions regarding the service - the best solution is to order an introductory consultation of a lawyer.

Such consultation will enable you to clearly understand the procedure of obtaining the permit. A lawyer will also:

  • Analyze your situation and tell you if a Work Permit is the best solution your problem;

  • Find out your goals and needs, and suggest the best option to achieve them;

  • Give you clear and understandable answers to basic questions.


The cost of the introductory consultation starts from UAH 2,500. When ordering services for obtaining a Work Permit for foreigners in Ukraine, this sum will be included into the service price.

Also we can provide you with the RoadMap. It will suit Clients who have many complicated issues, and those who want to receive a step-by-step plan of actions to resolve the situation. The cost of the Road Map is included in the service price for obtaining a Work Permit for foreigners when you order it from us.

What is important to know about Work Permits in Ukraine?

One of the key problems that foreigners who obtained Work Permits in Ukraine usually encounter is the failure to submit a copy of the employment agreement to the appropriate Employment Center after obtaining a Work Permit, as required by law, namely:

  • the agreement must be signed no later than 90 calendar days after obtaining the Work Permit;

  • A certified copy of the agreement must be filed with the Employment Center no later than 10 days following the date of signing;

  • the unified social contribution for the employee must be paid within two months from the date of signing the contract.

It should be noted that violation of this rule may result in revocation of the Permit.

This does not prevent you from obtaining a new permit, but requires significant time and extra expenses, as you will need to conduct the procedure from the beginning, including the payment of the official state fee. Thus, it is better to play safe and submit the agreement in due time.

The procedure of obtaining a Work Permit for foreigners (foreign citizens) in Ukraine

Following the final discussion of the company’s price and terms of services, the Client signs an agreement with the company and makes a payment for the services. The Client needs also to provide the documents listed in the relevant section of this page and other documents that may be necessary in his/her specific situation.

After that, the company proceeds to the development of the necessary documents. Upon coordination with the Clients, all necessary documents must be signed by them (including power of attorney).

The next stage is when the company’s lawyers take all the necessary steps to obtain a Work Permit. At this stage the Client pays the state fee for the consideration of the application.

As a result (after the Commission reviews the documents), we provide the Client with a Work Permit for a foreigner (foreign citizen).

Legal services for obtaining a Work Permit in Ukraine

We offer our services to foreign nationals in various fields of law, because we understand the complexity of dealing with state authorities in Ukraine. 

We are ready not only to provide you with necessary services, but also to support you morally and explain to you your current situation in detail.

The main standard of our work is simplicity. This means that we are not trying to complicate the process or pretend that the solution of the problem requires titanic efforts from us. We break down any problem, find the best possible solution and explain the whole situation to you so that you don’t have any questions as to why and what we are doing.

If you need to obtain a Work Permit for a foreigner - don’t hesitate to contact us!

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