Obtaining citizenship of Ukraine based on the stay of an alien in marriage with a citizen of Ukraine

Being married to a citizen of Ukraine for more than 2 years, a foreigner has the right or to obtain a permanent residence permit in Ukraine while retaining the citizenship of his country and enjoying the advantages of the citizenship of a non-resident country or submitting documents for obtaining the citizenship of Ukraine. When obtaining a permanent residence card in Ukraine, the foreigner actually enjoys all rights of a citizen of Ukraine, except for certain restrictions on the occupation of certain public positions. In the case of obtaining the citizenship of Ukraine, a foreigner has the right to obtain a biometric passport and to freely cross the border with the countries of the European Union.

If the foreigner still decides to obtain the citizenship of Ukraine, he must submit the following documents to the territorial office of the State Migration Service (in his place of residence):

– Application for admission to the citizenship of Ukraine (in duplicate);
– Three photos (35 * 45 mm in size);
– Declaration on the lack of foreign citizenship;
– Copy of the document on the permit for immigration to Ukraine;
– A document on the existence of legitimate sources of existence during the last six months at the time of filing an application for admission to the citizenship of Ukraine;
– A copy of the document confirming the presence of the spouse (wife) of the person in the citizenship of Ukraine;
– A document confirming the stay of the person in marriage with a citizen of Ukraine for a term more than two years.

The above listed documents are submitted by a foreigner personally. Submission of documents through a representative is not allowed. Consideration of documents submitted by a foreigner by the bodies of the State Migration Service of Ukraine does not exceed one year.

After that, the State Migration Service of Ukraine sends documents submitted by a foreigner to the Security Service of Ukraine, the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine and the National Police of Ukraine. Each body must give consent to a foreigner to obtain the citizenship of Ukraine and to confirm the fact that there are no criminal convictions in Ukraine in Ukraine, fines, administrative offenses and criminal cases open to him in relation to him.

After receiving positive decisions from the Security Service of Ukraine, the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine and the National Police of Ukraine, the State Migration Service of Ukraine sends documents to the Commission under the President of Ukraine on issues of citizenship, which considers the documents submitted and, in the absence of deficiencies, makes a decision on making proposals to the President of Ukraine regarding satisfaction of the alien’s application for admission to the citizenship of Ukraine.

In case of a positive decision, the President of Ukraine shall issue a Decree on the assignment of a foreigner to Ukrainian citizenship and documents shall be sent together with an order to the State Migration Service of Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The State Migration Service of Ukraine, on the basis of an order of the President of Ukraine, provides a foreigner with a certificate on the registration of a person as a citizen of Ukraine. On the basis of this certificate, the foreigner has the right in the territorial bodies of the State Migration Service of Ukraine to obtain a passport of a citizen of Ukraine at his / her place of residence. And then, if necessary, it will be possible to get a biometric passport to travel through the territory of the European Union without visas.

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