5 steps to get a work permit in Ukraine

First of all, it is important to remember the employer (a company) should apply for a work permit in order to hire a foreign employee. The work permit has the name of the employer and employee. It means this work permit is valid only for one employer.

The overall process of getting a work permit could be split into the following 5 steps:

Step 1. PREPARING NECESSARY DOCUMENTS

The employee should provide a passport, a notarized translation of the passport, his photo card, tax ID number, etc. The list of documents may be longer if a foreigner belongs to the special category of employees (link).

The employer provides a draft of a labor agreement and an application to the labor center.

Step 2. SUBMITTING DOCUMENTS TO THE LABOR CENTER.

Documents should be submitted to the local labor center in your city or to the special service center. In Kyiv there are several service centers, one of them is located in a trade center “UKRAINE” in front of the circus.

Step 3. PAYING THE ADMINISTRATIVE FEE

Upon receiving the email from the labor center, that your work permit has been approved, you get a 10 days period to pay the state fee. The exact amount is changing once a year and depends on the social non-taxable minimum. In 2020 the cost for a 3-year permit is about 450 USD, for a 1-year work permit the cost is about 300 USD.

Step 4. PICKING UP A WORK PERMIT

Labor center proceeds the documentation up to 7 days. You may get an email, that work permit is ready to pick up or email about some shortcomings in your application, which means that you should fix them asap, otherwise your application may be rejected.

Step 4. SIGNING A LABOR CONTRACT AND SUBMITTING A COPY TO THE LABOR CENTER

An employer and an employee should sign a labor agreement within 90 days after a work permit was granted. A copy of such an agreement should be submitted within 10 days to the labor center. Failure to fulfill this step may lead to the cancellation of the work permit.

Having a work permit the employer is entitled to officially employ the foreigner. The Employee is entitled to apply for a working D visa and for the temporary residence permit.

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Also, read the following articles about work permit:

Employment of a non-resident by a Ukrainian company

List of documents for a work permit

Category of foreigners, who may work without a permit

3-year work permit for the special category of employees

Extension of the work permit for a new period