Foreigners who immigrated to Ukraine for employment for a certain period of time can engage in work activities on the basis of a work permit (employment) in Ukraine that has been received in accordance with the established procedure.
The employment of foreigners in Ukraine is regulated by the Law on Employment.
The procedure for registration of foreigners and stateless persons for work permits in Ukraine is approved by the Order of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
A work permit for a foreigner is issued to the relevant employer for a specific position (workplace) by the state employment service body, if the documents submitted by the employer (the employer's trustee) are positively examined on the commission.
According to the Order, the permit can be issued for a period that does not exceed one year.


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The list of documents necessary to obtain a work permit for a foreigner in Ukraine is a new order.
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1. Application from the employer for obtaining a work permit for a foreigner of the established sample
2. Power of attorney for representation of the employer's interests in the employment center
3. Copy of the alien's passport with a translation into Ukrainian, certified in accordance with the established procedure
4. One color photograph of an alien, size 3.5 x 4.5
5. Receipt for the payment by the employer of a state fee in the amount of four minimum wages for issuing a work permit
Terms7 working days
Cost of services 1000 USD. *

The list of documents necessary to extend the work permit for a foreigner in Ukraine is a new order.
1. Application for the extension of the work permit in Ukraine to the Director of the Employment Service.
2. A copy of the draft employment contract with a foreigner or stateless person certified by the employer.
3. One color photo 3,5х4,5.
4. The original of the permit when it is renewed is attached to the package of documents.
5. Power of Attorney for a work permit.
Cost of services 750 USD.
* Notarial services and interpreter services are paid separately
** The state payment is paid separately in the amount of 7048 UAH(250$) - for 1 year, in case of issuing a permit for 3 years - 10572 UAH.(425$)

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Pursuant to clause 2 of Resolution of CMU No. 437 of May 27, 2013, adopted in accordance with and for the implementation of part 3 of Article 42 of the Law of Ukraine "On Employment", the amount of payment for issuing a permit for the employment of a foreign citizen or stateless person is four minimum wages and is credited to the budget of the Fund for Compulsory State Social Insurance of Ukraine in case of unemployment.
From December 1, 2016, the minimum wage in Ukraine is 1600,00 hryvnia. Thus, the amount of the fee for issuing permission to use labor of a foreign citizen or stateless person is 6400,00 hryvnia.
It is necessary to take note of
Payment for the issuance of permission to use the labor of a foreign citizen or stateless person is carried out only after a positive resolution of the relevant issue by the Commission of the Employment Center, and considering that such a value as the level of the minimum wage is established by the Law of Ukraine on the State Budget for the corresponding year and may During the time period several times to change, it should also be borne in mind that by determining the total amount of the fee that must be paid, management It is necessary to set the minimum wage established on the day of the relevant payment, rather than the size of the initial value that was set on the day of appeal to the territorial bodies of the State Employment Service with a package of documents or on the day of the meeting of the Center's Commission Qualified legal assistance for foreign citizens

Category of employee-foreigner List of documents for registration (extension of validity) of the work permit for the category and other requirements
The commanded foreign workers
The main list of documents for issuing a permit:
application of the established form;
copies of passport pages with a notarized translation into Ukrainian;
one color photo, size 3.5 x 4.5 cm.

Additional documents:
copy of the contract (contract) concluded between the Ukrainian and foreign companies, which provides for the employment of an alien sent by a foreign employer to Ukraine to perform a certain amount of work (rendering services)

Extension of the validity of the permit:
application of the established form;
one color photo, size 3.5 x 4.5 cm;
Other documents, according to the main list in which the changes occurred

Term for which permission can be issued:
for the period of validity of the contract (contract) concluded between the Ukrainian and foreign companies, but not more than three years, extend the period of validity as unlimited a number of times

The amount of state payment for the issuance of a permit and the payment term:
the amount of 2 to 6 subsistence minimums, depending on the period of validity of the permit;
term of payment - within 10 working days from the date of receipt by the employer of the notice of extradition (extension of the validity period) of the permit

Salary requirements:
10 minimum wages

Foreign job of the foreigner:
Perhaps subject to the issuance of permits for each position, or without issuing a new permit, but work


Work permit

Price $ 1500
Processing time is 7-10 working days

Company registration of any
type of ownership

Price $ 1000
Registration time is 2 working days

Package offer

Company registration + registration of a work permit
Service price $2500
Service delivery time is 7-10 working days

A foreign national (or a stateless person) must first obtain a work permit from the competent employment office.

The first thing to note is that it is not the foreign national but the employer (company) who has to apply for a work permit. It is also worthy of mention that the work permit is issued on the name of the employer, not the employee, with an indication of the employee‘s (foreign national‘s) name and position to be occupied.

Therefore, the work permit is limited (it does not grant an unlimited access to the Ukrainian labour market) and tied to a particular employer.

Foreign nationals or stateless persons who have a permanent residence permit in Ukraine do not need to obtain a work permit. Furthermore, no work permit is required when it comes to employment with foreign representative offices in Ukraine, or foreign nationals or stateless persons are involved in the implementation of international technical assistance projects.

The procedure for granting, renewing and cancelling work permits for foreign nationals and stateless persons provides that the employer is obliged to inform the employment office of the existence of a vacancy which is intended to be filled in writing 15 calendar days prior to applying for a work permit. This requirement is related to the priority the Ukrainian citizens enjoy in the employment over foreign nationals or stateless persons with the same qualifications.

The documents that must be submitted when applying for a work permit include:

  1. an application;
  2. a copy of the foreign national’s education or qualification certificates;
  3. a notarized copy of the foreign national’s passport with a translation into Ukrainian;
  4. two passport photos;
  5. medical certificate from a health care institution certifying that the foreign national does not suffer from chronic alcoholism, drug addiction or infectious diseases (the list of relevant infectious diseases is determined by the Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine);
  6. statement of the company confirming that applicable Ukrainian laws do not require Ukrainian citizenship as a prerequisite for the position to be occupied by the foreign national and that such position does not grant access to state secrets;
  7. certificate of good conduct to prove that the foreign national or stateless person has no criminal record at the time of applying for a work permit; if the foreign national is outside Ukraine at the time of applying for a work permit, a certificate from the competent foreign authority proving that the foreign national has no criminal record and there are no investigations against him/her must be submitted.

Foreign workers who belong to the category of intracompany transferees must additionally submit a resolution of the foreign company on the transfer of the foreign national to Ukraine and a copy of the agreement on the transfer concluded with him /her indicating the time period of work in Ukraine.

All documents issued abroad must be apostilled (or legalized) after their notarization and then translated into Ukrainian.

There is a set of criteria that must be met in order for the employment of a foreign national to be regarded as appropriate and justified and which guarantee him/her obtaining a work permit. The employment of a foreign national in Ukraine is considered to be justified and appropriate if:

  • he / she applies for a position of the director, deputy director or another managing position, provided that he / she is the founder / shareholder of the respective company (organization);
  • the foreign national applies for a position associated with the creation of copyright and / or copyright-like rights as his / her work duty;
  • the foreign national applies for a position of the director or another position, which is included in the list of professions considered as experts in the area of computer systems or software development;
  • the foreign national has obtained a diploma from a university listed in the top 100 of a renowned world ranking, including Times Higher Education, 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.

If the foreign national does not meet these criteria, the employment office shall make its decision on granting the work permit on a case by case basis.

The decision to grant, reject, extend or cancel the work permit shall be made by the employment office within seven working days. The work permit is granted for a period of up to one year. Ukrainian laws do not set a limit on the number of times the work permit may be renewed. The application for the renewal of the work permit must be submitted at least 20 calendar days prior to the work permit expiry date.

The fee for issuing the work permit is approximately EUR 220. It must be paid to the account of the employment office within ten working days after the decision on granting the work permit was made. The work permit must be issued by the employment office within three working days after the fee was paid.

There is no fee charged for the renewal of a work permit.

The employer has the right to appoint a foreign specialist to hold several managing positions (part-time). The employment agreement with a foreign employee must be entered into within 90 days after obtaining a work permit in Ukraine.

The reasons for cancelling a work permit include, inter alia, the failure to submit a copy of the employment agreement (employment contract) with a foreign national within three working days after it was entered into, the fact of a court decision that finds the foreign national guilty of a criminal offence becoming final, termination of the employment agreement (employment contract), and activities of the foreign national in an area other than that defined in the work permit.

It should be noted that the company that employs a foreign national without a valid work permit may be imposed a fine of twenty legal minimum wages (currently approx. EUR 2,200).