August 10, 2011

In July 2011, the Ukrainian President signed Cabinet Resolution No. 567 to implement a new visa regime beginning September 11, 2011 and will resemble the Schengen visa designations for entry, transit and work/residence status.  By reclassifying existing visa designations, this resolution is intended to reduce the Ukraine’s current number of visa categories.  In addition, the resolution increases the categories of foreign nationals who are eligible to obtain temporary residence permits based on diplomatic status, family reunification, study or work.

Following a November 2010 Ukraine-European Union (EU) Summit, the Ukrainian Government announced the phased implementation of substantial changes to the country’s visa regime to align its candidacy for admission to the EU. Since November, diplomatic negotiations between the Ukraine and other countries have liberalized Ukrainian border requirements and facilitated granting visa-exempt status to certain foreign nationals.

Proposed New Visa Designations

In addition to continuing visa liberalization policy, this resolution will introduce three new visa designations as follows:

  1. “B” Visa (Transit)- This is a national Transit Visa designation, as Schengen-member countries issue either an “A” or “C” Visa for transit purposes.  “B” Visas can be valid for up to one year, multiple-entry status for transits of less than five consecutive days during a single transit period.
  2. “C” Visa (Visitor or Dependent Residence Visa)-Extends the same duration of visitor stay as Schengen-member countries. Visitors (business and tourist) are eligible for “C” Visas valid up to five-years, multiple-entry status permitting 90-day cumulative stays within a given 180-day period.  Applicants lacking a prior Ukrainian visitor record may be issued a “C” Visa valid only for the duration of stay indicated on their flight itinerary and/or visa application. Family members accompanying or joining a Ukrainian work permit holder will also be granted a “C” visa.
  3. “D” Visa (Work Visa or Long-Stay Residence Visa)-National work visa or for applicants intending to reside Ukraine for more than 90 cumulative days in a single-180 day period.

In addition to work permit holders, the Resolution also expands issuance of temporary residence permits to those obtaining work permits sponsored by representative offices of foreign banks, foreign-owned companies, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), humanitarian and religious organizations recognized by the Ukrainian government.

Temporary residence permits may also be granted by the Ukrainian Government on a case-by-case basis.

Client Advisory 

The Ukrainian Ministry of Interior (MOI) is the primary government body responsible for adapting current visa classifications and requirements to meet the September 11 protocols.  While it is anticipated that qualifications for most work and residence applications permits are to remain virtually unchanged, please be advised that requirements could change as the MOI and other Ukrainian agencies review current standards.

Given that August is a traditional summer holiday period for most European governments, clients are advised that final adoption of agency and consular requirements and the training of government staff could be delayed beyond mid-September. Clients are urged to review with their Pro-Link GLOBAL (PLG) immigration specialist any Ukrainian assignments scheduled for the latter part of 2011 and to have some flexibility with assignment start dates.  PLG will also monitor any ongoing changes to Ukrainian immigration policy.

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This content is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or final guidance for any immigration matter. Readers are reminded that a country’s immigration laws and requirements may change with little to no advance public notice. Questions regarding specific immigration matters should be addressed to your Pro-Link GLOBAL specialist.