What are the changes? Deepening political unrest in Ukraine has caused some unannounced closures of government offices.

What does the change mean? There have been delays in the processing of immigration applications.

  • Implementation timeframe: Ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work permits and other immigration services.
  • Who is affected: Companies applying for immigration services at government ministries.
  • Impact on processing times: Delays.
  • Business impact: Businesses should anticipate unexpected delays due to current events in Ukraine.

Background: In November, then-President Viktor Yanukovych backed out of an agreement with the European Union that would have set the country on a path toward stronger economic and political ties with Europe. The move, seen as an acquiescence to Russia, sparked demonstrations in cities across the country as well as violent clashes with riot police that killed approximately 80 protestors.

On Feb. 22, Yanukovych was ousted and is currently on the run, while Parliament has begun naming an interim unity government. Elections are scheduled for May 25. Last week, the unrest forced the Immigration Ministry to close unexpectedly, and this has added to processing delays.

BAL Analysis: The political climate is day-to-day and changing rapidly. Operations are currently reported to be normal at labor and immigration offices in Kiev and at the Ministry of Economic Development, which issues accreditation cards to foreign employees. However, businesses should prepare for some unpredictability if unannounced closures recur. BAL is following the events and will update clients on any changes to processing times or other disruptions.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Ukraine. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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