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Obtaining the Citizenship of Ukraine

The law firm “Kasyanenko and Partners” provides a range of legal services for acquiring the citizenship of Ukraine for foreign nationals or stateless persons.

Citizenship of Ukraine – is the legal connection between natural person and Ukraine that become apparent in their mutual rights and obligations.

The acquiring of the citizenship of Ukraine is governed by the Constitution of Ukraine, the Law of Ukraine “On Citizenship of Ukraine”, the Decree of the President of Ukraine dated March, 27 2001 No. 215 “Issues of Implementation of the Law of Ukraine “On Citizenship of Ukraine”, as amended by the Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 588 of 27.06. 2006, which has approved the procedure for the submission of documents and the implementation of the previously approved decisions.

Grounds for acquiring the citizenship of Ukraine are listed in the Law of Ukraine “On Citizenship of Ukraine”. Section II of the Law is called “Acquiring the citizenship of Ukraine”. Article 6 of this section lists all the existing grounds for entering the citizenship. They include:

  1. by birth (Art. 7 of the Law);
  2. by territorial origin (Art. 8)
  3. due to granting the citizenship of Ukraine (Art. 9);
  4. due to renewal of the citizenship of Ukraine (Art. 10);
  5. due to adoption (Art. 11);
  6. due to establishment of tutelage or guardianship over a child, placement in the child care or health care facility, in family-type orphanage or a foster family or foster care in a family foster parents (Art. 12);
  7. due to establishment of guardianship over an incapable person recognized in that capacity by a court (Art. 13); due to citizenship of Ukraine of one or both of his/her parents (Art. 14);
  8. due to affiliation (Art. 15);
  9. due to other grounds foreseen by the international treaties of Ukraine (Agreement on the simplified procedure of changing the citizenship).

According to Art. 9 of the Law of Ukraine “On Citizenship” a foreigner or a person without citizenship may be granted the citizenship of Ukraine. The conditions for granting the citizenship of Ukraine are:

  1. recognition and adherence of the Constitution and the Laws of Ukraine;
  2. submission of a declaration on non-having foreign citizenship (for stateless persons), the obligation to terminate foreign citizenship (for foreigners) or a declaration on refusal of the person has been granted refugee status in Ukraine or asylum in Ukraine from foreign citizenship.
  3. continuous residence within the territory of Ukraine on legal grounds during the last five years. This requirement is not applied to a person who is married to a citizen of Ukraine for more than two years. The term of continuous residence within the territory of Ukraine on legal grounds for persons to which refugee status or asylum was granted in Ukraine is three years since the moment of granting of refugee status or asylum in Ukraine; for persons who entered Ukraine as persons without citizenship the term of continuous residence within the territory of Ukraine on legal grounds is three years since the moment of obtaining of permanent residence permit in Ukraine;
  4. obtaining of permanent residence permit. This requirement is not applied to persons, to which refugee status was granted in Ukraine;
  5. knowledge of the state language or its understanding to the extent allowing communication. This requirement is not applied to persons having certain physical disabilities (blind, deaf, numb);
  6. having legal means of subsistence. This requirement is not applied to persons, to which refugee status was granted in Ukraine.

Application procedure

An application for granting the citizenship of Ukraine shall be submitted to the president.

You should address with the application the office (department) of the migration service in the district, city district, town of regional, national (the Autonomous Republic of Crimea) significance at the place of residence in Ukraine. If the applicant lives abroad, he/she should apply to a diplomatic mission or consular office of Ukraine in the country of residence.

In accordance with the Decree of the President of Ukraine dated March, 27 2001 No. 215 “Issues of Implementation of the Law of Ukraine “On Citizenship of Ukraine” the following documents should be submitted for the adoption into the citizenship of Ukraine:

  1. a) an application in duplicate on granting the citizenship of Ukraine;
  2. b) three photos (size 35 x 45 mm);
  3. c) one of the following documents:

– A declaration on non-having foreign citizenship – for stateless persons;

– An application for change of the citizenship – for foreigners who are citizens of the states, the international treaties of Ukraine with which provide for the termination of citizenship of persons of those states at the time with the acquiring the citizenship of Ukraine and the acquiring the citizenship of Ukraine in accordance with Ukrainian legislation;

– A document confirming the termination of foreign citizenship, – for foreigners who are citizens of the states, the international treaties of Ukraine with which allow individuals to apply for Ukrainian citizenship, provided that they prove they are not the citizens of these states;

– An obligation to terminate foreign citizenship – for other categories of foreigners. The obligation to terminate foreign citizenship is not required for foreigners who are the citizens of the states, the legislation of which provides for the automatic termination of citizenship of persons of those states at the time of acquiring the citizenship of another state or the international treaties of Ukraine, which provide for the termination of citizenship of persons of those states at the time of acquiring the citizenship of Ukraine;

  1. d) one of the following documents:

– A document confirming the continuous residence of the person lawfully in the territory of Ukraine for the past 5 years – for persons who entered Ukraine as foreigners;

– A document confirming the continuous residence of the person lawfully in the territory of Ukraine for the past 3 years, together with a document confirming that the person entered Ukraine as a stateless person, – for a person entering Ukraine as a stateless person;

  1. d) one of the following documents:

– A copy of the document confirming the receipt of a permanent residence permit in Ukraine;

– A copy of the passport of the citizen having in their 1974-type passport of the USSR inscription certifying their registration within the territory of Ukraine;

  1. e) one of the following documents:

– A document on the knowledge of the state language or its understanding to the extent allowing communication, issued in Ukraine by the head of the institution, the local executive authority of Ukraine or the executive body of local government;

– A copy of the certificate or transcript of academic record of the diploma – for a person with a document on graduation from an educational establishment with the learning of the Ukrainian language;

– A document confirming the disability – for a person with physical disabilities (dumb, blind, deaf)

  1. e) document on the legal means of subsistence.

Today in Ukraine there are two options for obtaining the citizenship of Ukraine by a general procedure or by accelerated procedure.

General procedure for obtaining the citizenship of Ukraine

Following the general procedure obtaining the citizenship of Ukraine occurs in up to 1 year. Accelerations are possible, but only in certain situations. For example, the basis for the accelerated obtaining the citizenship of Ukraine is the Ukrainian residence permit.

Accelerated procedure for obtaining the citizenship of Ukraine

Following the accelerated procedure acquiring the citizenship of Ukraine occurs in up to 1 month. The ground for this procedure is direct relatives (brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandchildren, etc.) of citizens of Ukraine or the applicant previously was a citizen of Ukraine.

The procedure for consideration of the application

The applications for granting the citizenship of Ukraine is first verified by the office of the migration service, then in two weeks it is passed to the General Directorate of Migration Service of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, regions,. Kyiv and Sevastopol. From there, the documents get to the State Migration Service, and then – to the Commission under the President of Ukraine on citizenship.

Documents submitted via the diplomatic or consular offices are transferred first to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and then – to the Commission.

If the Commission at its meeting decides to approve the application, the decision, together with the draft decree is transferred to the latter for signature.

The date of acquiring the citizenship of Ukraine is the date of publication of the corresponding Decree of the President of Ukraine.

Having the citizenship of Ukraine, you get the following benefits:

  • The number of visiting the country is not limited;
  • The term of stay in the territory of Ukraine is not limited;
  • The use of all possible rights and freedoms of the citizen of Ukraine;
  • Ability to work without special permit;
  • Social protection, including free medical care, etc.

Our company provides the following services:

  • consultations on acquiring the citizenship of Ukraine;
  • preparation of the necessary documents;
  • representation of the interests of the clients when submitting the required documents to the Migration Service;
  • representation of the interests of the clients throughout the procedure;
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