Registration of place of residence is simplified

As of 1 October 2014, registration of the place of residence (including of foreign nationals located in Ukraine) has been simplified and now requires only one step: submitting documents to the relevant local Center of Administrative Services.  The registration is then completed by state authorities in two to three days.  Before the changes, a foreign national interested in registering his or her place of residence had to visit at least two state authorities and the procedure could take a week or even more.

Obtaining a work permit became easier

As of 11 February 2015, the procedure for obtaining Ukrainian work permits for foreign nationals and stateless persons has been simplified.  Now, employing a foreign national or a stateless person will be automatically deemed appropriate and justified if such person holds a degree from any of the top 100 universities named in any one of the following world rankings: (i) Times Higher Education; (ii) Academic Ranking of World Universities by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University; (iii) QS World University Rankings by Faculty; or (iv) Webometrics Ranking of World Universities.  Also, state authorities now are required to decide whether or not to issue or renew a work permit within seven business days (compared to 15 business days before),  and to notify the employer of its decision, including by email, within two business days.

Temporary residence permit might be not dependent on the term of work permit

On 16 December 2014, a Draft Law was registered with the Verkhovna Rada (the Parliament) of Ukraine. Under the Draft Law, foreign nationals and stateless persons working in Ukraine whose gross annual salary exceeded  EUR 60,000 may receive their Ukrainian temporary residence permit for the entire term envisaged in their Ukrainian employment agreement or contract (regardless of the term of validity of their work permit).