Ukraine – Updated Work Permit/Renewal Timelines

What has changed

Beginning in February 2015, Ukraine shortened processing times for work permits to seven (7) days.  Additionally, renewal applications can now be filed twenty (20) days from the date of expiration. Both changes should be viewed as enhancements to the Ukraine Work Permit process.

Previously, work permit processing times took up to thirty (30) days to be approved and renewal applications needed to be filed at least thirty (30) days from expiration.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • Companies who are looking to hire or retain foreign employees will benefit from faster processing times and increased opportunities because of the simpler work permit process for      expatriates in the IT sector or applicants with qualifications from top level schools.

Although the work permit process has been streamlined, companies should be aware of the additional changes to the process, which are listed below:

  • Work Permit decisions will be communicated via email or registered mail.
  • The state duty fee for work permit issuance must now be paid within ten (10) days of work permit approval.  Failure to do so could result in the cancellation of the work permit.

Employment contracts must be submitted within seven (7) business days from the execution of the contract.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Companies who hire and retain work permit applicants in Ukraine should take note of this streamlined process for future work permit applications.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your clients.

Additional Ukraine News
New Passport Requirements for Russian Nationals

Effective March 1, 2015 Russian citizens are required to enter the Ukraine with at least one of the following documents.  Previously, Russian nationals could enter Ukraine with an internal passport.

  1. An international passport
  2. Diplomatic passport
  3. Service (official) passport
  4. Sailor passport (Sailor ID)
  5. Entry (Return) certificate to the Russian Federation, only for returning to the Russian Federation.
  6. Flight Certificate of an aircraft crew member.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.