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Ukraine Work Visas & Work Permits

Information about the types of Ukraine work visas and how to apply for them for your employees

Is your organization planning a move or expansion to Ukraine? If so, it’s likely that you’ll need to bring employees from out of the country to help with the process. For this, you’ll need work visas for Ukraine.

Applying for and obtaining visas for Ukraine can be difficult, with a language barrier, complex administration, and multiple types of work visas all complicating matters. Nevertheless, it’s crucial that you follow the proper procedures or you may risk rejections and delays.

At Horizons, our expansion experts offer comprehensive Ukraine work visa services, immigration support, and outsourcing, giving your business everything necessary to expand into Ukraine with the help of your indispensable workforce.

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Standard requirements for Ukraine work visas

The specific requirements for Ukraine work visas vary for the different categories. However, there are several general requirements that most people will need to follow when applying for a visa:

  • Valid passport
  • Application fee
  • Employment contract
  • Relevant qualifications
  • Proof of relevant work experience

It is also important to note that it may be necessary to translate certain documents into Ukrainian.

Categories of work visas for Ukraine

There are several types of visas suitable for foreign organizations bringing foreign employees into the country, including the following:

  • C-type visas: short-term visas intended for stays of up to 90 days in a 180-day period.
  • D-type visas: longer-term visas intended for stays of more than 90 days.
  • Permanent residency: for individuals who want to live and work in Ukraine indefinitely.

Once your employees have a visitation visa, they will also need to apply for a work visa.

Obtaining work visas for Ukraine

As an employer, you should submit your completed application and any associated documents to the State Employment Service. This is only possible to do physically, not online. You will also need to pay the necessary visa fee and wait for the office to process the application, which will usually take several days. Further details of the application process can be found on the government’s immigration website.

Additional considerations

You should always apply well in advance of needing your work visas, as application processing can be slow. Also, the employee should commence their role/sign their contract within three months of being issued with their visa.

How can Horizons help?

At Horizons, we specialize in helping organizations expand abroad, including into Ukraine, and we are experts in obtaining work visas to help employees relocate. Our Ukraine work visa specialists offer reliable guidance and outsourcing services to support you through Ukraine’s complex immigration process rapidly and effectively. We can ensure that you and your valued employees are fully compliant with Ukraine’s unique regulations, save you time, and answer any questions you may have along the way. Additionally, we provide extensive outsourcing services covering recruitment, payroll, HR, administration, employer of record, and more to help your business start trading in Ukraine as efficiently as possible, even if you don’t have an established subsidiary in the country.