What is permanent residence permit?

Permanent residence permit in Ukraine for foreigners

 A permanent residence permit (PRP) is a document that certifies the identity of a foreign citizen or stateless person and confirms that he has received a permanent residence permit on the territory of Ukraine.

This residence permit is valid for 10 years.  Also, if a foreigner reaches the age of 25 and 45, the permanent residence permit must be exchanged with the authorities of the state migration service.

 A permanent residence permit in Ukraine gives a foreigner legal grounds to live in Ukraine without additional permits and leave the country for an unlimited time.

 The main advantages of obtaining a permanent residence permit in Ukraine:

 • to work in Ukraine you do not need a work permit;

 • upon obtaining a permanent residence permit, a foreigner has the full right to use tax benefits provided by the legislation of Ukraine;

 • the ability to carry out transactions with real estate and conduct banking operations;

 • having a residence permit in Ukraine gives a foreigner the right to enjoy all the rights as citizens of Ukraine, while being able to retain their citizenship;

 • the period of stay on the territory of Ukraine is not limited (the period of stay on the territory of our country is not limited to the period of short-term stay on its territory (according to the formula 90 days out of 180 from the date of the first entry);

 • the number of visits to Ukraine is not limited (you can freely come and go as you want).

 To obtain a permanent residence permit in Ukraine (identity card), you must go through 2 stages of its registration:

1. Obtaining a permit for immigration to Ukraine

 Immigration to Ukraine is the arrival of foreigners and stateless persons in Ukraine for permanent residence.  An immigration permit is a decision of a specially authorized executive body for immigration and subordinate bodies that grant the right to foreigners and stateless persons to immigration and permanent residence in Ukraine. An immigration permit can be obtained for categories of foreigners within the immigration quota established by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, or outside the immigration quota.  Immigration quota is the allowed number of foreigners and stateless persons who are allowed to immigrate to Ukraine during the year.

 The following categories of foreigners can obtain an immigration permit within the immigration quota:

 • highly qualified specialists and workers, the urgent need for which is tangible for the Ukrainian economy;

 • persons who have made a foreign investment in the economy of Ukraine with foreign convertible currency in the amount of at least 100 (one hundred) thousand US dollars, registered in the order;

 • persons who are a full brother or sister, grandfather or grandmother, grandson or granddaughter of Ukrainian citizens;

 • persons who previously were citizens of Ukraine;

 • persons who have continuously resided on the territory of Ukraine for three years from the date of granting them refugee status in Ukraine or asylum in Ukraine, as well as their parents, husband (wife) and minor children who live with them;

 • workers of science and culture, whose immigration is in the interests of Ukraine;

 • parents, husband (wife) of an immigrant and his minor children;

 • persons who have served in the Armed Forces of Ukraine for three or more years.

 An immigration permit outside the immigration quota can be obtained by:

 • persons entitled to acquire the citizenship of Ukraine by territorial origin;

 • persons who are guardians or trustees of Ukrainian citizens, or are under the care or tutelage of Ukrainian citizens;

 • persons whose immigration is of state interest for Ukraine;

 • one of the spouses, if the other of the spouses with whom he has been married for more than two years is a citizen of Ukraine, children or parents of citizens of Ukraine;

 • foreign Ukrainians, families of foreign Ukrainians, their children in the event of their common entry and stay on the territory of Ukraine.

2. Obtaining a residence permit (identity card) directly

 After receiving an immigration permit, a foreigner who is legally in Ukraine and has received an immigration permit should, no later than 15 working days before the end of the legal period of stay, apply to the Migration Service unit at the place of residence for a permanent residence permit.

 A foreigner must submit the following documents:

 • notarized translation of the passport into Ukrainian;

 • receipts confirming payment of the state duty for the services of the state migration service.

 But what if the foreigner is not physically in Ukraine? Those foreigners who permanently reside outside Ukraine, in order to obtain a permanent residence permit, need to obtain a long-term visa type D within one year from the date of issue of an immigration permit (however, this rule does not apply to countries for whose citizens such a visa is not issued) and  later than 15 working days before the end of the legal period of stay, apply to the State Migration Service at the place of residence for a permanent residence permit.

 The State Migration Service of Ukraine issues a residence permit within a week from the date of filing an application for the issue of such a document.  After receiving a permanent residence permit, you must register your place of residence within 30 calendar days.

 Having received a permanent residence permit in Ukraine, you will be able to enjoy the following rights:

 • reside on the territory of Ukraine without time limits;

 • visit the country without limits on the number of visits;

 • find a job without obtaining an appropriate permit;

 • obtain visas on the territory of Ukraine for traveling abroad,

 • import a car without “customs clearance” (one-time, when registering a form).

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