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Work permit for foreigners/expats in Ukraine

To obtain (extend) the work permit for EXPAT/foreign citizens in Ukraine

Price for this service:
  1. Registration/obtaining of a work permit for a Expat/foreign citizen - 2800 UAH.
  2. Extension of the work permit of Expats foreign citizen - 2500 UAH
  3. Amendments to the work permit (change of passport data, names, titles of posts, etc.) - 2000 UAH.
The validity of the permit is from 6 months to 36 months.
The term for processing (renewing) a foreign citizen’s permission to work in Ukraine is from 3 days

Required documents:

  • To apply for a work permit:
  1. Information about the employer (full name, ID number).
  2. Picture 3.5 X 4.5 in color
  3. Copy of the passport of a foreign citizen.
  • For registration of the extension of the work permit:
  1. Picture 3.5 X 4.5 in color
  2. Copy of the passport of a foreign citizen.
  3. Original work permit.
Categories of Expats/foreigners who do not need to obtain a work permit

We provide a full range of services from the registration of a company in Ukraine to obtaining a work permit and further obtaining a residence permit (legalization of Expats/foreigners in Ukraine).

  1. Registration of the company (enterprise, LLC) in Ukraine Moredetails>>>>>
  2. Obtaining a work permit (valid from 12 to 36 months).
  3. Obtaining a visa D at the consulate of Ukraine (citizens of the CIS and Georgia do not need a "D" visa) and entry to Ukraine.
  4. Obtaining a temporary residence permitMore details
  5. Registration at the place of residence for Expats (propiska/residence permit).
The list of legal services for obtaining/renewing a work permit includes:
  1. Legal advice on the procedure for obtaining a work permit for Expats in Ukraine.
  2. Legal examination of the documents that must be submitted for processing a work permit for Expats/foreigners.
  3. Preparation of the necessary package of documents for submission to the State Employment Service;
  4. Preparation of an application for the (renewal) of a work permit.
  5. Representation of the employer's interests in obtaining a work permit in Ukraine in the State Employment Service.
  6. Develop a draft employment contract with a Expat/foreigner.
  7. Obtaining permission at the State Employment Service.
Additional costs (optional):
ServiceCost in (UAH)
Official tax fee for issuing a work permit for a foreigner in Ukraine for 6 months4540
Official tax fee for issuing a work permit for a foreigner in Ukraine for 12 months9080
Official tax fee for issuing a work permit for a foreigner in Ukraine for 12 months13620
Translation of the passport + notarization500
Submission of a copy of the contract with a foreigner to the employment centre within a period of up to 90 days from the issuance date of a work permit800
Development of a non-standard employment contractfrom 500

The main provisions of the legislation of Ukraine on employment of foreigners in Ukraine:
  1. 1. All foreign citizens (stateless persons) are required to obtain a work permit before employment.
  2. 2. The work permit is given to employers (the legal Ukrainian company).
  3. 3. In most cases, a work permit is issued for a period of not more than 1 year. Exception: IT-specialists, founders of companies-employers, workers of creative professions, - for them the possibility of obtaining the work permit up to 3 years.
  4. 4. The work of foreigners may be used by one or more employers, subject to obtaining a work permit for each position. Exception :
  5. a) highly paid professionals (salary above 300000 UAH/month), they can work part-time without a work permit;
  6. b) foreigners who has a work permit may temporarily replace an absent employee for no more than 60 days.
  7. 5. One of the main conditions for issuing a work permit is the payment of a certain salary to a foreigner, in the amount of not less than:
  8. a) 6000 UAH-IT-specialists, founders, creative professionals;
  9. b) 60000UAH — all other employees (although there are ways to circumvent this requirement).
  10. 6. The State employment service is granted the right to cancel the work permit when the fact of termination of the employment contract is revealed.
  11. 7. The State employment service is granted the right to cancel a work permit when determining the fact of employment on other terms than specified in the work permit (including work in combination without obtaining a new work permit, payment of wages in a smaller amount than stated in the obtaining of a work permit).
Employment without work permits for:

1) foreigners who permanently reside in Ukraine (have a permanent, unlimited residence permit);
2) foreigners who have obtained refugee status in accordance with the legislation of Ukraine or have received permission to immigrate to Ukraine;
3) foreigners who are recognized as persons who require additional protection, or who are granted temporary protection in Ukraine;
4) representatives of foreign maritime (river) fleet and airlines serving such companies on the territory of Ukraine;
5) employees of foreign mass media accredited for work in Ukraine;
6) athletes who have received professional status, artists and art workers for work in Ukraine in the specialty;
7) employees of rescue services for urgent work;
8) employees of foreign missions registered in Ukraine in the manner prescribed by the law;
9) priests who are foreigners and temporarily reside in Ukraine at the invitation of religious organizations to carry out canonical activity only in such organizations with official agreement with the Department for Religious and Ethnic Affairs;
10) foreigners who arrived in Ukraine to participate in the implementation of international technical assistance projects;
11) foreigners who have arrived in Ukraine to conduct teaching and/or scientific activities in higher education institutions at their invitation;

Frequently asked Questions:

Question: Is the work permit the basis for obtaining a residence permit in Ukraine?
Answer: The work permit is one of the few and the simplest reasons for obtaining a temporary residence permit in Ukraine. Details on obtaining atemporary residence permit in Ukraine

Question: What is the easiest way to get a work permit?
Answer: The easiest way to obtain a work permit is to obtain a work permit for a expat foreigner who is also the founder (shareholder) of the enterprise. In addition, a simplified and preferential order exists for IT professionals.

Question: If I get a work permit in Ukraine, can I work in any organization?
Answer: No. A work permit is issued for a specific position in a particular Ukrainian company. In another position and/or at another company you will not be able to work until you receive a new work permit in Ukraine.
For example: if we get permission for you to work for Coca Cola as a programmer, you can not work with McDonald's as a programmer with this permission. To work in the company McDonald's you need to get a new work permit. However, it is possible to obtain an unlimited number of work permits: for different positions and in different LLC enterprises.

Question: Can a foreigneropen (register) a new company LLC,being simultaneously a founder (participant) and a director, and after registration get a work permit?
Answer: No. You shouldopen (register) a new company (LLC)and, before registration, appoint a director that is a citizen of Ukraine. After registration, you will be able to apply for a permit to work for the founder of the position of director or his deputy. After obtaining a work permit, it is necessary to amend the stateregister on the appointment of a new director .

Question: If I get a work permit, can I stay on the territory of Ukraine for more than 90 days?
Answer: No. In order for you to have the right to stay on the territory of Ukraine for a period of more than 90 days, you should apply for a temporary residence permit. Our company helps with this service.

Question: I got a work permit, now the company in which I work should pay me a minimum of UAH 60000 (10 minimum wages). If I will be paid officially less, it is something that threatens me?
Answer: If the Employment Center receives information that the salary you actually receive is less than the salary that was specified when obtaining a work permit, the work permit will be revoked.
Judging by the statistics, posted on the website of the employment centre in Kiev, the cancellation of work permits for this reason is quite frequent. Do not forget that the cancellation of the work permit leads to automatic cancellation of the temporary residence permit, which was issued on the basis of a work permit.
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