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What is the change? Foreign nationals are now able to apply for long-term D visas in-country.
What does the change mean? Eligible nationals on short-term visa-free stays will no longer need to submit long-term D visa applications to the Ukrainian embassy or consulate. Rather, they can apply for the long-term D visa during their stay in Ukraine.
Background: The changes to long-term D visa processing were introduced by the decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated March 6, 2019, No. 368 “On Amendments to the Regulations of Issuing Visas for Entry into Ukraine and Transit Through its Territory.” Foreign nationals, with the exception of nationals of some CIS countries, must obtain a D visa to apply for a temporary residence permit.
Analysis & Comments: The change is good news for foreign nationals entering Ukraine on a short-term visa free stay as they will be able to apply for a D visa, and thereafter their temporary residence permit, in-country. Employers should plan for the increased visa fee charge that is associated with in-country applications.
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