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Law on the Legal Status of Foreigners and Stateless Persons

Entry into Force: 5 March 1994

Unofficial translation of a summary of the law

The Law of Ukraine “On Legal Status of Foreigners and Stateless Persons”, hereinafter the Law, defines legal status, secures basic rights, freedoms and duties of foreigners and stateless persons who reside or temporarily stay in Ukraine.

Foreigners and stateless persons may, according to the set procedure, immigrate to Ukraine for permanent residence or arrive for employment for a fixed term, as well as stay on its territory temporarily. While staying on the territory of Ukraine they shall enjoy the same rights and freedoms and execute the same duties as the Ukrainian citizens, except for some limits set by the legislation of Ukraine and norms of the international agreements approved by Ukraine.

Foreigners and stateless persons may be given asylum or refugee status in Ukraine.

Foreigners and stateless persons shall have equal with Ukrainian citizens rights to:

- Perform investment and entrepreneurial activity;

- labor activity;

- rest;

- health protection;

- accommodation (on condition of permanent residence on the territory of Ukraine);

- education;

- liberty of conscience;

- get marriage;

- free departure from the territory of Ukraine.

Some exceptions from this provision are set by provisions of the legislation of Ukraine.

The questions concerning granting to the foreigners and stateless persons the right to social protection, participation in associations of citizens and taxation of their incomes shall be solved according to the legislation of Ukraine and international agreements of Ukraine.