residence permit
How to get a residence permit in Ukraine in 2020
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Residence permit by marriage. Everything is simple and very complicated.

The place of marriage does not matter to obtain residence permit. You can be a citizen of Algeria, marry a Ukrainian woman in Tunisia, and this will be enough to obtain a residence permit. There is only one rule: the spouse must be citizens of Ukraine.

The law is indifferent to the length of the marriage. One day or one year, it doesn't matter. Even if you are married for only 1 day, you can already apply.

Difficult - if there is no spouse.

You can find many ads on the Internet from people who are willing to marry for a fee. In Ukraine, there is no liability for the conclusion of a fictitious marriage. However, there are many scams in this market. From forging a marriage certificate to the usual "scammer" when they take an advance payment for registering a marriage, but then the groom / bride disappears.

The advantages of a residence permit for marriage.

  • Affordable cost (if there is a spouse / spouse). The price of the work of a migration lawyer is from 350 to 700 dollars. USA (in Kiev).
  • Possibility, after 2 years of being married, to obtain a permanent residence permit (permanent residence) in Ukraine.


There is a high probability of fraud when registering a fictitious marriage and a significant cost of services of fictitious wives / husbands (from 1000 US dollars for 1 year)

Residence permit for volunteering. Not for all.

Any foreigner who wishes to volunteer in Ukraine can obtain a residence permit for 1 year.

To do this, you must become a member of a volunteer organization. Only not just an organization, but one that has passed the inspection of the Ministry of Social Policy and received permission to attract foreign volunteers to its activities.

Please note that there are "dealers" who will offer you to become a member of a volunteer organization for a small amount (from $ 150). When submitting the documents, it turns out that the organization is "fake" and has not passed the inspection of the Ministry of Social Policy. You will not return the money.

Important! It is very difficult to get a residence permit for volunteering for citizens from countries of migration risk (you can get acquainted with the list here). However, this is also possible.

Benefits of a residence permit for volunteering.

  • Fast paperwork. The whole procedure takes 1 to 3 days.
  • Reasonable price (from USD 500 in Kiev).


  • The possibility of fraud (inclusion in the membership of "fake" volunteer organizations).
  • Limited use for citizens of those states that belong to countries of migration risk.

Permit for business. Trouble-free, but expensive.

Let's designate immediately. It will be about organizing a business (you are the founder of a company), not about a residence permit for employment (you are hired as an employee).

The main difference between these two grounds is that if you are applying for a residence permit for business (as the founder of a company), then lawyers reduce your tax burden to zero. This cannot be done if you are applying for a residence permit as an employee. Your salary must be at least UAH 37200. (payroll taxes - more than USD 500 per month).

The main stages of obtaining a permit.

  • Registration of a company on the territory of Ukraine (to become its founder)
  • Obtaining a permit from the Employment Center for employment
  • Timing. Establishing a company takes 1 - 3 days, obtaining a work permit is 10 - 20 days. Taking into account all the points, the procedure may take 30 days.

The implementation of this scheme requires significant knowledge of migration and corporate law. There are very subtle points in this process that are known only to "dedicated" lawyers. Your chances of being denied a permit are greatly increased if you contact incompetent specialists.

Benefits of a residence permit for business.

  • The best option for countries of migration risk (sometimes the only one).
  • The ability to apply for a residence permit for 3 years at once.
  • Disadvantages of a residence permit for business.
  • Duration of the procedure (preparation of documents up to 30 days).
  • The complexity and cost of registration (in Kiev from 1000 US dollars).
Registration of a company by a foreigner in Ukraine
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General issues of registration of a company by a foreigner

Article 26 of the Ukrainian Constitution regulates that foreign citizens and stateless persons on the territory of our country have the same rights and obligations as Ukrainian citizens. In addition to the basic law, the location and activities of foreign citizens in Ukraine are regulated by the Law “On the Legal Status of Foreigners and Stateless Persons”. Registration of a company by a foreigner. The main requirement is that a non-resident of Ukraine must legally stay on Ukrainian territory. For those looking to find out what that means, you can read the Immigration Act and several additional regulations and orders.

A foreigner who wants to open a business in Ukraine, first of all, must choose the organizational and legal form of doing it. Many lawyers advise to opt for LLC. It is a limited liability company (and this is how this abbreviation stands) that is considered the most stable form of entrepreneurship, since a clear and well-thought-out regulatory framework has been developed for it in our country from the already adopted and successfully operating laws that protect the founders.

For determined citizens of other states who have decided to become entrepreneurs in Ukraine, there are certain legislative dogmas and restrictions. So, for example, to register a foreigner SPD(entrepreneurs) - you must have a registered place of residence in Ukraine, and this is possible only if you have a residence permit in Ukraine.

The nuances of registering a business in Ukraine by foreigners

Before starting the procedure for registering a legal entity, you should obtain an identification number or taxpayer card. Without it, unfortunately, it will be impossible to issue a single document with a notary, without which the registration process will be invalid.

Another nuance of domestic legislation is that a newly arrived foreign entrepreneur does not have the right to immediately become the head of a newly created company. To do this, he must at least obtain a work permit. If he does not have such a document, then he should look for a Ukrainian citizen who will take over the management of the company, even if it is formal. Immediately after the enterprise is registered in accordance with the law, a non-resident can obtain a work permit and begin the procedure for changing management. Only now can he occupy a leading position.

Differences in the procedure for registering a company by a Ukrainian and a foreigner

Ukrainian legislation does not allow foreign citizens to hold certain positions. For example, they cannot be lawyers, auditors, notaries. In addition to this, foreign citizens are not allowed to acquire ownership of agricultural land. But rent is a perfectly suitable solution to this problem, which a non-resident has the right to safely use.

When registering an LLC with a solid authorized capital (from 100 thousand US dollars and above), a foreign entrepreneur can become an official major investor, which gives him the right to obtain a permanent residence permit in our country. Domestic entrepreneurs, who are already citizens of Ukraine, do not need this.

List of required documents for the creation of a non-resident company

If we consider the option that a foreign citizen registers an enterprise in his own name, then he must provide the following documents:

  • a power of attorney from a notary that a non-resident has the right to sign the charter and register all documents
  • translated into Ukrainian, signed by the translator and notarized copy of the passport;
  • copy of the identification code
  • information about what types of activities the company plans to engage in. That is, the specific field of activity in which the company will operate should be clearly spelled out
  • the size of the authorized fund
  • what type of executive body will be (for example, a board of directors that will make all decisions, or a separate director with full power)
  • form of enterprise taxation

At the same time, no one exempts a non-resident from the need to collect a package of constituent documents, which includes a protocol, a charter of a newly formed enterprise, a completed registration card. If a foreigner has difficulties with the Ukrainian language, then he, most likely, should seek help from specialized legal companies that will help to go through these procedures quickly and painlessly - of course, they will need to pay extra for their services.

Expenses arising from the registration of a company by a foreigner

The cost of starting a business in Ukraine for non-residents cannot be called too high. The following costs are possible:

• For opening a bank account (and without it, it is prohibited to engage in entrepreneurial activity) - about UAH 500.

• For a legal address - from 2 thousand UAH.

• Other assistance provided by law firms.

Summing up the above, we will conclude that, according to the norms of Ukrainian legislation, a non-resident founder goes through the same stages when registering an enterprise, bears the same responsibility and has the same rights as a resident of the country. However, there are several additional points that foreigners need to consider. For example, the need to issue an identification code, have all the documents confirming the legal presence on the territory of Ukraine, etc. If you do everything correctly and have documents drawn up in accordance with the Law, registration will not take more than a few days.

What does a trademark give?
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Why register a Why register a trademark?

A trademark gives its owner exclusive rights to use it for immediate protection and unfair competition. The main tool for promoting goods and services is their individualization, the assignment of distinctive features to goods and services that are easily identified by the consumer, your sign becomes recognizable. In practice, it happens that there are a lot of craftsmen who will produce products under your brand, in order to prevent such manipulations, registration of the mark is required. This will protect your business reputation and not incur serious financial losses.

Let's see what a correctly registered trademark gives:

  • The owner's exclusive right to use the mark. This means that no one other than you has the right to use the trademark. Any illegal use of the brand without your permission is subject to legal liability.
  • An obvious investment. The mark of goods and services has its own value, which can easily grow with the popularization of the brand. The price of a sign may exceed the state of the assets of the entire enterprise.
  • From the moment of registration, the trademark becomes a separate independent product / service. You can transfer the right to use TM to other persons and receive royalties (rent) according to the franchise agreement.
  • Only holders of a registered mark can get a domain for a site in the .UA zone for illegal use of the mark on the Internet.

Trademark registration gives you the rights to:

  • No one can use the trademark without your permission, only if such use does not violate the rights of the owner of the mark in accordance with the law.
  • In cases of illegal use of the brand, you have the right to go to court to protect your rights and interests, which are directly related to the use of the trademark by other persons.
  • Marking of TM registration on the territory of Ukraine. The so-called warning labels, which inspire even more confidence on the part of the end consumer.

Functions of the trade mark

  • Individualization of goods and services - your products become "special", which allows you to stand out from the general circle of competitors. The end consumer easily remembers the trademark that is associated with certain goods and services. Forms business reputation and brand trust, high quality products and popularity.
  • Your mark becomes an association for high quality products or professionalism in the provision of services.
  • In practice, most consumers pay attention to products that are marked with a trademark. It is the popularization of the brand that makes it possible to conduct successful commercial activities.

Who is the owner of the trademark

According to the legislation of Ukraine, the owner of a trademark can be a legal entity, an individual resident or non-resident of Ukraine. It should be noted that one trademark can belong to several persons at the same time, both legal and physical, their number is not limited. Also, the number of brands is not limited.

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