Work permit for non-resident in 2017

Work permit for non-resident is required to occupy any position in company, including director of his/her own company. Please, note that to become a founder of company no permit is needed and founders (stakeholders) of company are the main body of company, taking decision on appointment and dismissal of director. We talk about the most popular form of company in Ukraine – LLC.

To obtain work permit the following documents are to be prepared and submitted:

1. Application from company.
The company gets the permit, not the individual. So, the individual is able to work for the company which obtained such permit. Starting from 2017 it became possible for non-resident to work in several companies at the same time. For each employment, the work permit is to be obtained.
Application form can be downloaded is here.

We can see in application which reflects the law that there can be 8 grounds the company wants to obtain permit for certain person. The most popular is “qualified employee”. Also, there are such grounds when no need to prove the employee is in demand in Ukraine, as stakeholder of the company who wants to become its director, person having diploma from top 100 world ranking University, top manager of software company, temporary contractor, IP right creator etc. Still, the document about education is to be provided independently of the ground.

2. Copy of diploma. Please note that the copy of diploma should be apostilled in the country of diploma issuance. There are some countries which entered mutual legal assistance treaties with Ukraine so usually the notary certification is enough. And there is third situation, when legalization is required. To summarize, there are 3 options how should copy of diploma should be certified depending of the country of its issuance:

a. Apostille. The following countries are in the list according to Hague Convention: Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Kingdom of Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Cyprus, Honduras, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Kingdom of the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, Norway, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, São Tomé and Príncipe, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela.

b. Notarization of the copy. List of countries which concluded mutual legal assistance treaties according to which the simple notary copy in country of issuance is sufficient for state bodies of Ukraine. Means that even if the country is in the list above, no apostille is needed if treaty is concluded. The following countries are in the list:
Algerian People's Democratic Republic, states from former Republic of Yugoslavia, Estonia, Kyrgyzstan, North Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Albania, Belarus, Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Moldova, Poland, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Tadzhikistan, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Vietnam, Turkmenistan, Hungary, Czech Republic.

c. Legalization. If the country of diploma issuance is not in any of the list above, the legalization is needed. The process of legalization is more complicated than apostille. It involves Embassy certification.

3. Copy of passport translated and translation is certified by notary in Ukraine.

4. Two colour photos 3,5 x 4,5.

5. The document issued by a health care institution that the person is not suffering from chronic alcoholism, toxicomania, drug abuse or infectious diseases, the list approved by the Ministry of Health.

6. Police clearance certificate. Can be obtained in Ukraine and abroad depending of where the foreigner is located.

7. Some other documents depending on the ground of obtaining of work permit.

After work permit is granted, the official fee is to be paid by the company, which is in 2017 UAH 6400,00 till changes are made to special laws on administrative services provision (when changes are made the fee would be UAH 12800).


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