Citizenship of Ukraine is a legal connection between Ukraine and a physical person embodied in mutual rights and obligations. The Ukrainian Law on Ukrainian Citizenship of January 18th of 2001 and the Presidential Decree # 215 of March 27th of 2001 are the main normative acts on citizenship.
According to the Ukrainian Law on Ukrainian Citizenship Ukrainian citizenship is acquired:
Departments and the regional head departments of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine shall adopt a decision on granting Ukrainian citizenship within 3 months. It is the President of Ukraine who takes decisions on granting Ukrainian citizenship. In general consideration of an application for citizenship usually takes 1 year.
An Ukrainian citizen, a foreigner or a stateless individual legally staying in Ukraine shall register at a new place of residence within ten days.
To be registered an individual shall submit:
Deregistration procedure takes place within seven days on the grounds of an application from an individual, inquiry of a registration body at a new place of residence, final judgment of a court (misappropriation or deprivation of living premises, deeming of a citizen missing or dead), and death certificate. Children of the age from 15 to 18 shall submit applications personally.
According to the Provision on a Passport of an Ukrainian citizen set forth by the resolution # 3423-XII of September 3rd of 1993:
Any Ukrainian citizen is supposed to thoroughly keep his or her passport. Should it be lost, a citizen shall immediately inform passport service on that (item 19 of the Provisions on Passport of an Ukrainian citizen approved by the resolution # 3423-XII of Verkhovna Rada (the Supreme Council) of Ukraine of September 2ns of 1993).
The list of documents required to have a passport reissued instead of the lost or stolen:
A passport can be changed only in the following cases:
To change a passport an individual shall submit:
There has been a common tendency recently underway to strengthen law enforcement component of migration policy and introduce biometrical identification of foreign passports owners.
Accounting for Ukrainian Eurointegration attempts Verkhovna Rada (the Supreme Council) of Ukraine resolution # 719-V of February 23 set forth Provisions on Passports for Traveling Abroad of a New Sample meeting International Requirements.
To practically implement the given document the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted its Resolution # 858 of June 26 of 2007 on approving requirements specifications of the sample of Ukrainian passports for traveling abroad and amendments introduced into some acts by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
The resolution set a new sample of a foreign passport complying to the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as well as the procedure of centralized processing and issuing new documents.
According to the new standards a passport for traveling abroad has a blue cover, having 25 degrees of protection. In particular, the page with laser-printed information on an owner is made up of multi-layer polycarbonate coated for protection. Inner pages of the document have background national graphic patterns reproduced with the help of ornaments and heraldry pertaining to corresponding regions.
Combination of modern materials with up-to-day technologies used to make new passports for traveling abroad ensures maximum protection from fake.
Passport for traveling abroad is issued within the period from 10 (pre-term issue) to 30 days.
To receive such a passport nationals have to address a division of the Department on Citizenship, Immigration and Registration of Natural Persons and submit to there the following documents:
The current legislation does not stipulate any other documents.
Besides, according to legislation territorial divisions and subdivisions of the State Department on Citizenship, Immigration and Registration of Natural Persons inspect terms and conditions limiting the right of a citizen to leave Ukraine, with a citizen paying HUA 10.2 (HUA 20.40 in the case of pre-term inspection) for services provided by information departments of internal affairs bodies under the decree # 152/52/29 issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finances and the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine of March 15 of 2000 and registered under the number 305/4526 by the Ministry of Justice on May 25th of 2000.
According to the Article 3 of the Decree on State Duty of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine nationals shall pay a state duty in the amount of non-taxable ten minimal wages in total coming up to HUA 170. Pre-term issue (up to ten working days) increases state duty by 100% totaling to 340 HUA.
Immigration is an arrival or stay in Ukraine of foreigners or stateless individuals for long in the way prescribed by law.
In accordance with the provisions set forth by the Article 4 of the Ukrainian law on Immigration immigration permit is granted to the following categories of immigrants:
Extension of stay in Ukraine
In accordance with the Ukrainian law the following documents are required to extend stay of foreigners and stateless individuals in Ukraine:
Article 197. Staying without passport
Stay of citizens eligible for a passport without a passport, stay by a non-valid passport or stay without being registered shall result in a warning or a fine from one to three minimal wages (from HUA 17 to HUA 51).
Article 198. Deliberate damage to a passport or its loss by negligence.
Deliberate damage to a passport or negligent keeping of a passport that lead to its loss shall result in a warning or a fine from one to three minimal wages (from HUA 17 to HUA 51).
Article 199. Allowed stay without a passport.
Staying of citizens without passports, staying by non-valid passports, staying without registration as well as allowing citizens without passports or registration to stay in owned or occupied living quarters shall result in a warning or a fine from one to three minimal wages (from HUA 17 to HUA 51).
Article 200. Hiring for a job without a passport.
Hiring citizens for a job without passports or with non-valid passports by officials at enterprises, establishments, organizations shall result in a fine from one to three minimal wages (from HUA 17 to HUA 51).
Article 201. Unlawful withdrawal of passports and accepting them as collateral
Unlawful withdrawal of passports by officials and accepting them as collateral shall result in a fine from one to three minimal wages (from HUA 17 to HUA 51).
Article 203. Violation of stay and transit rules in Ukraine by foreigners and stateless individuals.
Violation of rules of staying in Ukraine i.e. staying without documents entitling to live in Ukraine, staying by non-valid or expired documents, employment without relevant employment permits, if prescribed by Ukrainian legislation, violation of the established order of movement or unwillingness to leave Ukraine after stay period is over, as well as violation of transit through the territory of Ukraine except for violations envisaged by the second pert of the given article shall result into imposed fines in an amount from twenty to forty tax-exempt minimal wages (from HUA 340 to HUA 680). Violation of the established order of registration or period of allowed stay in Ukraine by foreigners or stateless individuals disclosed at Ukrainian state border check points shall result in a fine in an amount from twenty to forty minimal wages (from HUA 340 to HUA 680).
Article 204. Violation of the procedures of employment, admission for study, registration, de-registration for foreigners or stateless individuals, and issuing documents for them.
Violations by officials at enterprises, establishments and organization regardless of their forms of ownership, including foreign economic entities operating in the Ukrainian territory, of the prescribed procedures of employment, admission for study or accommodation for foreigners or stateless individuals, as well as other violations helping in any way foreigners or stateless individuals to be unlawfully registered, issued documents or to stay in Ukraine after period of their stay is over shall result into imposed fines in an amount from fifty to two hundred tax-exempt minimal wages.
Article 205. Failure to take measures to ensure timely registration of foreigners or stateless individuals.
Failure of citizens, who invited foreigners or stateless individuals to Ukraine for a private visit and provided them with housing, to take measures to ensure their timely registration shall result in a warning or a fine in an amount from five to thirty minimal wages (from HUA 85 to HUA 510).
Article 206. Violation of the order to provide foreigners and stateless individuals with housing, vehicles and assistance in provision of other services.
Provision of foreigners and stateless individuals with accommodation, vehicles, assistance in their registration, issuing documents for their stay or study, employment and other services violating the established rules of foreigners' and stateless individuals' stay or transit in the territory of Ukraine, should such actions have nothing to do with illegal crossing the state border of Ukraine, shall result into imposed fines in an amount from fifty to one hundred minimal tax-exempt wages (HUA 850 â€“ 1700).
Article 206-1. Illegal transportation of foreigners and stateless individuals in the territory of Ukraine.
Transportation of foreigners or stateless individuals violating the established rules of foreigners' and stateless individuals' stay in Ukraine and their transit through the territory of Ukraine, should such actions have nothing to do with illegal crossing the state border of Ukraine, shall result into imposed fines in an amount from fifty to one hundred minimal tax-exempt wages (HUA 850 to HUA 1700). Fitting out vehicles by their owners or drivers as vehicles with deliberately conspicuous hiding places to transport illegal migrants shall result into fines imposed on their owners or officials at enterprises, establishments, organizations responsible for technical equipment and maintenance of vehicles in an amount from one hundred to two hundred tax-exempt minimal wages (from HUA 1700 to HUA 3400), with a vehicle being confiscated, and fines imposed on drivers in an amount from one hundred to two hundred minimal tax-exempt wages (from HUA 1700 to HUA 3400).
Actions stipulated by the first or the second parts of the given article, if repeated or resorted to by a group of persons concerning several foreigners of stateless individuals, as well as transportation of foreigners or stateless individuals in specially equipped vehicles or conspicuous hiding-places for transportation of people shall result into imposed fines in an amount from fifty to five hundred minimal tax-exempt wages (HUA 2 250 to HUA 8500), with a vehicle likely confiscated.