Acquiring Ukrainian Citizenship by geographic place of origin

Legal framework underlying the service

As provided in Article 8 of the Law on the Ukrainian Citizenship, a stateless person or foreigner who has pledged to terminate foreign citizenship, who have applied for Ukrainian citizenship, and also their minor children, shall be registered as citizens of Ukraine if they meet one of the following conditions:

  • Such person or at least one of his/her parents, grandparents, siblings (full-blood or half-blood), son, daughter, or grandchild were born or permanently resided, until August 24, 1991, on the territory that became the territory of Ukraine according to the Law of Ukraine on Legal Succession of Ukraine;
  • Such person or at least one of his/her parents, grandparents, siblings (full-blood or half-blood) were born or permanently resided on other territories that at the time of their birth or during their permanent residence were part of the Ukrainian People’s Republic, the West Ukrainian People’s Republic, the Ukrainian State, the Ukrainian Socialist Soviet Republic, Zakarpattia Ukraine, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (Ukrainian SSR).

How to claim and receive the service

  1. Collect the required documents;
  2. Visit the territorial unit of SMS at your place of residence;
  3. Submit an application enclosing the required documents;
  4. Receive a certificate of registration as a citizen of Ukraine (this certificate shall serve as basis for issuance of Ukrainian passport) in the territorial body or unit of SMS at your place of residence.

Service fees and benefits

Acquisition of Ukrainian citizenship does not require any fee.

Application submission

Application is to be submitted in person by a parent or other legal guardian of the child.

Required documents

When a person submits an application and other documents in relation to citizenship, he/she should produce a passport or document replacing their passport that certifies the applicant’s identity, and a document detailing the applicant’s residence on the territory of Ukraine or permanent residence abroad. A certified translation of this document into the Ukrainian language should be submitted, if necessary.

In addition, depending on the grounds for acquiring citizenship, a person should submit documents listed in para. 24-44 of the Procedure regulating proceedings on applications and submissions related to citizenship and execution of adopted decisions, approved by the Presidential Decree on some aspects of implementation of the Law on the Ukrainian Citizenship.

Time limit for application review

Up to three months

Result of the service

Acquisition of Ukrainian citizenship

Validity period of a document resultant from the service

Validity is not limited

Grounds for denying the service

  • Absence of grounds for claiming the service;
  • The submitted documents are not compliant with the requirements established in Ukrainian legislation.

The time limit within which a person has to apply to SMS and liability for breach of this time limit

Not established

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