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My marriage to a Ukrainian citizen is more than two years old. Can I get a permanent residence permit?

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Many people know that getting married to a citizen of Ukraine gives a foreigner the right to get a temporary residence permit in Ukraine. On the one hand — it is convenient, you can stay in Ukraine for more than 90 days in a row, to enter and leave at will. But at the same time, this residence permit must be constantly renewed.


And not many foreigners are aware that after two years of marriage to a Ukrainian citizen, you can apply for a permit to immigrate and get a permanent residence permit in Ukraine. And this is an opportunity to get a
permit for 10 years at once, and many other advantages.


Today we will consider in more detail why it may be more convenient to obtain a residence permit, and under what conditions you can obtain it.


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Basic rules on obtaining permanent residence permit

Who can get a permanent residence permit based on marriage, and what is the benefit of such a permit ?

A foreigner who is officially married to a citizen of Ukraine and has been married for more than two years can obtain a permit on this basis. And it does not matter whether it happened in Ukraine or in another country. 


Also the following conditions must be met:

  • Legality of foreigner's stay on the territory of Ukraine (residence permit, type C visa or 90 days visa)

  • Valid foreign passport.

A permanent residence permit in Ukraine will give you the following advantages:

  • Obtaining tax resident status, and therefore simplifying the work with Ukrainian banks, which can be an important plus in the situation of receiving income in Ukraine;

  • A foreigner becomes a resident in Ukraine and does not need to obtain a work permit;

  • After receiving a positive immigration decision, a residence permit is issued for 10 years.

  • It is possible to apply for Ukrainian citizenship.

The very basis — staying married for more than 2 years, makes it possible to get a permit much faster than usual — to go from temporary to permanent residence can only take 2 years + 1 year waiting for permission to immigrate.


But it is necessary to take into account the disadvantages of the process of obtaining a permanent residence permit in Ukraine on this basis:

  • The period of consideration of the case takes at least 1 year;

  • Only the husband or wife of a citizen of Ukraine falls under this category.

Related article: Permanent or temporary residence in Ukraine?

The process of obtaining a permanent residence permit in Ukraine on the basis of marriage with a Ukrainian

Documents required to obtain a permanent residence permit through marriage:

  • Notarized translation of the foreigner's passport;

  • Document that the person is not a patient of chronic alcoholism, substance abuse, drug addiction or infectious diseases. This document can be obtained in the territory of Ukraine — we will provide you with the contacts of the relevant institution;

  • Certificate of absence of criminal record in Ukraine;

  • Notarized translation of the marriage certificate;

  • Notarized application for residence from the host country.

Our lawyers ask for the documents in advance and prepare the official translation and its notarization by themselves. It is also necessary to take into account the nuances of entry into Ukraine. If a foreigner is in the territory of Ukraine in accordance with the provisions of the legislation: entered within 90 days (for visa-free countries), received visa C or residence permit, you can immediately plan to submit documents to the State Migration Service.


If a foreigner is abroad, you will need to properly invite him. For this purpose, our lawyers will prepare an invitation and, if necessary, documents for obtaining a C visa. After you enter Ukraine, the main procedure begins — immigration.


Important: During the entire year that you are waiting for your Permit to Immigrate, you will be able to legally stay in Ukraine.


If you want to legalize your stay in Ukraine — contact us. We will help you even if you have no grounds for a residence permit.


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