On 28 January 2015, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine passed Resolution 42 "On Some Issues of Deregulation of Business Activities" ("the Resolution"). The Resolution introduced amendments to a number of legislative acts including the Procedure for Issuance, Extension and Cancellation of the Permit to Employ Foreigners or Stateless Persons approved by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of 27 May 2013 No. 437 ("Procedure"), particularly:

  1. The list of grounds, on which the use of labor of foreigners or stateless persons is considered expedient and justified, was extended to:
  • persons applying for positions of managers or developers of computer systems, developers of software programs, programming technicians in accordance with the Occupational Classification to an entity in the software development area
  • persons holding a higher education diploma from an educational institution within the top hundred of any of the following rankings as of the current, the last or the year before the last: 
    • Times Higher Education by the relevant job classification
    • Academic Ranking of World Universities by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University
    • QS World University Rankings by Faculty
    • Webometrics Ranking of World Universities.
  1. The terms of issuance and formalizing of the work permit were reduced, particularly:
  • the term of adoption of decision on issuance or denial of issuance, extension or denial of extension or cancellation of the permit is reduced to 7 business days (before the amendments - 15 calendar days)
  • the term of issuance of the decision is reduced to 2 business days (before the amendments - 3 business days). In addition, the decision on issuance or denial of issuance, extension or denial of extension or cancellation of the permit should now be published on the website of the relevant issuing authority and be sent to the applicant via e-mail
  • the term of issuance of the work permit is reduced to 3 business days from the date of payment of relevant duty (before the amendments - 10 business days). 
  1. It is established that the work permits may be extended an unlimited number of times upon their expiry. Before these amendments were introduced, the permit could not be practically extended more than once, after which a new one had to be applied for.
  2. The necessity to establish a commission consisting of representatives of different state authorities for issuance of the work permit is cancelled, which will reduce the time for issuance of permits in practice.