Residence permit in Ukraine during the war

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Residence permit in Ukraine during the war

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Despite the martial law in Ukraine, the acceptance of documents for residence permits has not stopped. Therefore, persons who wish to apply for a residence permit and do not have any legal obstacles to do so can do so.

What should you know about a residence permit under martial law?

As for those certificates that were issued before the beginning of martial law, they do not need to be extended. The validity of these certificates is automatically extended until the end of martial law and for another 30 days from the date of its cancellation or termination.


When it comes to applying for a residence permit for the first time, you need to open a D visa (except for Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Uzbekistan). As for the citizens of the Russian Federation, before the beginning of martial law, a D visa was not required. Today, temporary residence permits are issued to Russian citizens for the first time if they enter the territory of Ukraine on a long-term D visa, which is a consequence of the introduction of a visa regime with the aggressor country.

Citizens of the Russian Federation can exchange a temporary residence permit only on the grounds of marriage, family reunification or employment. Other categories of citizens (e.g., volunteers, students) receive a residence permit if their applications are supported by a written request from the central executive body of Ukraine, which is responsible for the activities of such persons.

What documents do I need to apply for a residence permit?

To apply for a residence permit in Ukraine, you need to submit the following package of documents along with your application:

  • foreign passport (with translation);
  • medical insurance;
  • if necessary, a D visa;
  • other documents, the list of which is determined by the specific grounds for issuing a residence permit.

The period for issuing a residence permit depends on its type. When it comes to a document that provides for the right to temporary residence on the territory of Ukraine, such a residence permit is issued within 15 working days from the date of submission of the documents. If it is a permanent residence permit, it can take up to 6 months to obtain it.


How will our services be useful?

If you need to apply for a residence permit in Ukraine, contacting lawyers who can provide legal support for this procedure will be a good solution. Such specialists work in the team of the law firm "Prikhodko & Partners". Migration law is the focus of our practice, so we provide our clients with a wide range of services in this area. Namely:

  • Consulting. When you order a consultation from a professional, it simplifies your life and gives you the opportunity to understand the issues that matter to you without having to work through a large array of legal norms yourself. In addition, the Internet contains a lot of distorted and unreliable information, which is difficult for a person without professional legal knowledge to sort through.
  • Legal support. When a competent representative ensures your communication with the SMS representatives and does all the necessary work that does not require personal presence, it greatly facilitates all legal processes.
  • Representation in court. If your rights are being violated and you have already exhausted other tools to defend them, our experts are ready to help in this way as well.

Prikhodko & Partners Law Firm will provide you with all the necessary services in the field of migration law. Therefore, it will be much easier to obtain a residence permit with our help. Fill out the form on the website and our lawyer will contact you.

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