Ukraine: Revised Work Permit Regulations Issued

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By Sergei Blagov

New procedures governing the issuance and renewal of work permits for foreign workers were released by the Cabinet of Ministers Feb. 3, the government said in a statement.

Decree No. 28, which amends Decree No. 437 issued in May 2013, requires employers to submit to the government copies of employment contracts entered into with foreign employees within 10 calendar days from signing the contract, up from the seven days stipulated in the earlier regulation. Employers are also required to sign labor contracts with foreign workers within 90 calendar days from the date work permits take effect.

Work permits are issued for one year and can be renewed without limitation. Employers must apply for renewal of work permits no earlier than 40 days and no later than 20 days before the expiration of existing permits. First issuance or a renewal of a work permit must take no longer than three business days following payment of the applicable fees.

Work permits cannot be issued to foreign workers if local workers are available or employers previously refused to retain domestic employees.

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For More Information

Full text of Decree No. 28 and the government statement are available in Ukrainian here.

For more information on Ukrainian HR law and regulation, see the Ukraine primer.

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