New rules for issuing permanent and temporary residency permits in Ukraine
On 25 April 2018 the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted Resolutions No. 321 and No. 322, whereby a new format and the procedure for issuing permanent and temporary residency permits have been approved.
From 1 June 2018 permanent and temporary residency permits will be issued in the form of a plastic card with an electronic chip. This chip will contain certain biometric data about the foreign national, including his/her digitalized signature, photo and fingerprints.
There also has been established new requirement to collect certain biometric data of the applicant (his/her digitized signature, photo, and fingerprints) at the time of filing the application.
From 1 June 2018, permanent residency permits will be issued for 10 years. Previously, such permits were issued for an unlimited time.
As previously, a temporary residence permit is issued for one year, unless certain exceptions apply. In particular, a foreigner who has arrived in Ukraine for work may obtain a temporary residence permit for the entire period indicated in his/her work permit.
According to the new rules, both permanent and temporary residence permits must be exchanged after they expire. The application to exchange a permit must be filed at least 15 business days before the expiry date.
Residency permits issued on the basis of applications submitted before 1 June 2018 will be valid for the entire term for which they have been issued.
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10 June, 2018