Visa-free regime for Ukraine: who benefits and who fails

The beginning of the Revolution of Dignity. A girl holds the Ukrainian flag during a protest
The beginning of the Revolution of Dignity. A girl holds the Ukrainian flag during a protest in Uzhhorod, 8 December, 2013

The voting in the European Parliament on visa-free regime for Ukraine, where the absolute majority with 521 votes has said “yes”, makes visa-free travel to Schengen area possible for Ukrainians. The issue, however, still has to receive certain approval, technical solutions, but visa-free regime seems to take effect in June this year. Of course, there might be problems at the start – mostly technical. But these are “development problems”. Let’s hope that the situation will be normalized. READ MORE

Liability for the second citizenship is not provided for by the Ukrainian laws

double citizenship ukraineThe Constitution of Ukraine does not provide for double citizenship. A person having a Ukrainian passport is a citizen of Ukraine, and all the rest is secondary. If a person receives passports of other countries, for our country, he or she is still a citizen of Ukraine. But only until he or she becomes a public employee. If a person holds a public position, the limitations and restrictions set in law on state service shall come into effect. A person having the double citizenship cannot be employed in state service. READ MORE

Getting married to a foreigner: nuances of a marriage registration and immigration permit for movement to Ukraine

Getting married to a foreigner in Ukraine
Things you have to know before getting married in Ukraine

Statistics show: every thirtieth marriage in Ukraine is contracted with a foreigner. What nuances of legal residence on the territory of Ukraine are important to be known by a foreigner married to a citizen of Ukraine?

A marriage between Ukrainians and citizens of other countries is a quite common event. When it comes time to marry, the questions appear: what is a state registration of the marriage and what are its consequences for the future family and their children. In most cases, the issues are about citizenship. READ MORE

Is it required to change a Ukrainian passport after changing a surname?

Is it required to change a Ukrainian passport after changing a surname?
What important Ukrainian documents are subject to change after changing a surname? What threats does the untimely change of the documents bear?

By tradition of the soviet times many women in Ukraine change still their surname after getting marriage. But hardly anybody thinks about spending time and money for putting documents in order.

While, there are married couples keeping their premarital surnames because they do not wish to bother about changing the documents. Someone can be afraid of reissuing the documents in case of divorce. READ MORE

The SSU liquidated production of false passports in Kyiv

Security Service of Ukraine covered illegal activities of an organized criminal group in KievThe Security Service of Ukraine covered illegal activities of an organized criminal group in Kiev. Law breakers for certain payment forged passports and other documents which enabled unhindered crossing the border of Ukraine.

The press centre of the Security Service of Ukraine informed about searches having been made simultaneously in six houses of the law breakers. The equipment used for producing the false documents was found there.

Also, the law enforcement officers found passports and other strictly accountable documents with the forgery evidences and elements. READ MORE

Terrorists bought Ukrainian passports by a resident of Donetsk

false documents for militias in Donetsk regionThe security forces covered an underground network for producing false documents for militias in Donetsk region. Production was organized by a resident of Pokrovsk which sold Ukrainian passports to occupants of the “DNR”.

The security forces making the search discovered scores of passports of citizens of Ukraine with all signs of forgery and also equipment for making a stamp on the photographs in the documents. The security forces also found blank forms with imprint of the coat of arms. Such certificates are usually issued in order to pass the registration procedure for temporary relocation easily.

The woman also concealed certificates of birth, reports of passports lost and stolen. About four scores of letters of verifications and 60 photos were also found by the SSU.