Фото: Obtaining Ukrainian citizenship by marriage

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Obtaining Ukrainian citizenship by marriage

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Ukrainian citizenship is an issue that is relevant for many people who are in the process of obtaining it or at least have such plans. Let's consider such a ground for obtaining Ukrainian citizenship as being married to a citizen of our country. By the way, Prikhodko & Partners Law Firm specializes in inquiries related to migration law. Therefore, we can help you efficiently and effectively. In the meantime, let's take a look at the key points on this topic.

When does it become possible to obtain Ukrainian citizenship through marriage?

If a foreigner or a stateless person and a person with Ukrainian citizenship have been married for more than two years, this gives them the right to apply for Ukrainian citizenship. If the marriage was not concluded in Ukraine, the marriage certificate must be duly legalized and translated into Ukrainian.


What documents are required to obtain Ukrainian citizenship?

In addition to the general package of documents required by the SMS, you must also submit a permit for immigration to Ukraine. This means that it is not possible to obtain citizenship by bypassing the procedure for obtaining a permanent residence permit in Ukraine.

You should also pay attention to the following requirements:

  • The foreigner's passport must be valid for at least one year from the date of application for citizenship.
  • The foreigner must be proficient in the Ukrainian language, having proved this through a relevant exam.

The documents must be submitted to the territorial unit of the State Migration Service of Ukraine at the place of registration of the foreigner. Once a foreigner has received a permanent residence permit in Ukraine, he or she must register at the place of residence. The law provides for a 30-day period for this.

It is worth noting that obtaining citizenship through marriage greatly simplifies this process. If under other circumstances a foreigner would have to legally reside in Ukraine for 5 years, this rule does not apply in the case of marriage to a person who has Ukrainian citizenship. This means that, having a permanent residence permit in Ukraine, you can immediately apply for citizenship.

What happens next?

After the foreigner has submitted the above-mentioned application, a long and crucial period begins when the documents are checked by representatives of many authorized bodies. These are the National Police, the State Border Guard Service, the Security Service of Ukraine, and the State Migration Service. If everything is in order, the case is then sent to the Citizenship Commission under the President of Ukraine. The decision on granting Ukrainian citizenship on the basis of marriage to a Ukrainian is made exclusively by the President, as reflected in the relevant decree.

Then the foreigner receives a temporary certificate of a citizen of Ukraine. He or she is obliged to renounce the citizenship of another state. Only then does the person receive a passport of a citizen of Ukraine.


What can we do for you?

The lawyers of Prikhodko & Partners Law Firm are ready to provide 2 categories of services in such client requests:

  • Consultation. In the format of a consultation, you can get detailed answers to questions about obtaining Ukrainian citizenship in your particular situation. This will help you save time and not have to search for the necessary information in the legal acts on your own.
  • Legal support. This means a wide range of representative services in cooperation with government agencies in all matters that do not require your personal presence.

By contacting our migration law specialists, you will receive the support of qualified and experienced attorneys and lawyers who have repeatedly gone through the procedure of obtaining Ukrainian citizenship with clients. To get a legal consultation or order legal support for the procedure of obtaining Ukrainian citizenship, please fill out the form on our website and we will contact you as soon as possible.

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