Registration is Complete - Good for 1 year!
Here you see Dawn and I holding up our Temporary Residency permits after having received the final stamps at the Ukraine housing authority.
|Registration Complete! |
I thought I would briefly outline the process for you in case you might wonder what it takes to complete the process for a 1 year stay in Ukraine. The VISA process is not required each year as long as you don't let your registration expire.
1. Obtain a VISA from a consulate outside of Ukraine
Requires a letter of invitation and a certified letter from the Ukrainian Government that the letter is in fact allowed.
2. When you arrive in Ukraine you have 45 days to register and get the permit. We had an attorney work on this for us. The process costs about $250 per person and requires
Copies of above letters
Ukraine police background checks for each person
Application in Ukrainian
Certified translated copies of all passports from English to Ukrainian
Notarized copies or Originals of inviting organization government permits
Authorization for the Attorney to process your paperwork
4 Ukraine size passport photos.
3. Register with the housing authority
1 set of photos,
1 special form that costs $0.50 and needs to be typed on a special standard typewriter
Pay the fee down the street and return with the receipt
The attorney submits the paper work and if any mistakes are made the process is stopped and you can try again the next working day. The agency works 2-3 days a week and takes submissions 2-3 hours per day 2 of the 3 days.
After the papers are accepted you get a time when you can pick up your cards and then you have 10 days to register with the housing authority. The housing authority allows submission about 2 days a week and requires that each person fill out their own paper work in Ukrainian (cursive preferred).
Our biggest hurdle was getting our landlords to agree to allow us to register at our apartment. This is very controversial since it requires lots of paperwork and specific registrations for them as landlords. It also means the landlords have to pay taxes on the rent. All this almost caused us to have to move. We ended up with a higher rent but did not have to move.
After we made our 4th trip to the housing authority to submit the papers once everyone agreed to the rent and registrations rules we got the stamped Residency cards returned and we were LEGAL Temporary Residents of Ukraine.
The process is done for this year. We will experience the registration renewal process next year.
This is quite a cross cultural experience and really not that unique to our personal process. This is typical of anyone, including Ukrainians who need to get special permits.