Issuance and exchange of residence permits in Ukraine: new rules for Russians

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Issuance and exchange of residence permits in Ukraine: new rules for Russians

Issuance and exchange of residence permits in Ukraine: new rules for Russians

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From November 1 and until the end of martial law, consideration of applications of Russian citizens for immigration and temporary residence in Ukraine will be suspended.


The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution that stops consideration of applications from citizens of the Russian Federation for immigration permits, issuance and exchange of permanent or temporary residence permits submitted before the resolution came into force. In addition, Russians will be denied acceptance of new applications.


However, the resolution contains exceptions for the following categories of citizens of the Russian Federation:


• husband or wife of a citizen of Ukraine;

• child, father or mother of a citizen of Ukraine;

• native brother, sister, grandfather, grandmother, grandson of a citizen of Ukraine;

• a person who served in the Armed Forces for more than three years;

• a person who is in Ukraine for legal employment.


Consideration of applications is suspended until martial law is lifted and within 30 calendar days from the date of its termination.


It is emphasized that those Russians who are in Ukraine for employment or for family reunification are required to apply to the State Department of Internal Affairs for the exchange of a temporary residence permit within 30 days from the date of entry into force of this Cabinet resolution. This should be done if the deadline for applying for the exchange of a permit has arrived in the period from February 24, 2022, to the date of entry into force of the resolution.


We will remind you, that in October a resolution was passed, which gives the right to enter Ukraine with an expired residence permit. Read more here.