Ukraine Alert – Visa Issuance Rules Amended

Effective April 16, 2017, Resolution No. 118 of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine introduced online visa applications, simplifies the requirements for visa invitation letters, reduces the time allowed for consulates to process and issue a visa and reduces the consular visa application fee, amongst other changes.

Online Visa Option

Foreign nationals will be able to apply online for a 30-day single-entry visa for business or tourism online.

Visa Invitation Letters

These no longer have to be obtained from the State Migration Service, but instead can be provided by the host company on company letterhead, or by a natural person (must be notarized).

Reduced Visa Issuance Period

For standard applications, the consulates will have to issue the visa within ten days of the application submission. For urgent applications, the issuance period will be five days. Previously, visas were issued within 15 days.

Reduced Visa Fees

The Resolution introduces a new flat fee of 65 USD for any kind of consular visa, regardless of the number of entries. Previously, the fee for single-entry visas was 85 USD, while double-entry visas cost 130 USD and multiple-entry visas cost 200 USD.

Visa on Arrival

The visa on arrival program has been extended to more nationalities, and will be available for business as well as tourism for stays of up to 15 days, for a fee of 150 USD.

The list of qualifying nationalities are listed below:

 

Australia

Antigua and Barbuda

Bahamas

Bahrain

Barbados

China (PRC)

Dominica (the Commonwealth)

El Salvador

Guatemala

Grenada

Honduras

India

Indonesia

Kuwait

Malaysia

Mauritius

Mexico

Micronesia (FSM)

New Zealand

Oman

Palau

Peru

Qatar

Saudi Arabia

Samoa

Seychelles

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Singapore

Timor Leshte

Trinidad and Tobago

Tuvalu

United Arab Emirates

Vanua

 

Other changes that have occurred are the long-term (type D) visas can be issued as a multiple entry visa for 90 days.  Previously, such visas were issued only for a single entry allowing the holder for up to 45 days.  Short-term (type C) visas can now be obtained by foreign nationals upon submission of title documents to real estate located in Ukraine.

Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert was prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.