Today, March 17th 2020, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has approved the Law of Ukraine «On amendments to some legal acts of Ukraine, aimed to prevent the emerging and spread of the coronavirus infection (COVID-19)».
In particular, the Law foresees that due to quarantine, foreigners and stateless persons that have not been able to apply to the territorial Units and Departments of the State Migration Service of Ukraine to prolong the period of their stay in Ukraine AND/OR to exchange their permanent/temporary resident permits, WILL NOT BE PENALIZED for violation of the legislation on the legal status of the foreigners and stateless persons, IF such violations have occurred within the period of the quarantine.
It’s important to stress out, that these rules shall be applied to the foreigners and stateless persons who stayed legally in the territory of Ukraine as of the beginning of quarantine measures.
The Law of Ukraine also foresees that during quarantine a processing and issuance of the documents which confirm citizenship of Ukraine or a special status of a person shall be carried out in the place, where the person has applied.
Besides, for the period of the quarantine or restrictive measures due to the spread of the coronavirus infection (COVID-19), from the date when the quarantine has been announced, the time frames for applications for administrative and other services and the terms of these services provisions, determined by the law, shall be terminated. From the date of termination of the quarantine, these periods shall continue, taking into account the time elapsed before its termination.
The Migration Service once again calls for all citizens of Ukraine, foreigners and stateless persons to refrain from visiting its territorial Units and Departments during quarantine unless necessary!
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