Visa regime for citizens of the migration risk countries

Ukrainian visa policy contains a term, known as the “migration risk country”, which means that such nationals shall apply for the Ukrainian visa only in the Ukrainian consulates in the country of their citizenship, or in the country of temporary or permanent residence (such citizens have to be the holders of temporary/permanent residence permits issued in that countries).

The list of migration risk countries is established by Ukrainian law and includes mostly people from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The citizens of the abovementioned countries are granted a visa to Ukraine only after a special approval from the Security Service of Ukraine and following an interview with the competent authorities.

The citizens of the migration risk countries are more likely to encounter the visa denial. In general, expats from the migration risk countries come across significant difficulties regarding visa issues or face the extremely long terms in getting a visa to Ukraine.
Such difficulties hinder the attraction of potential investors to Ukraine and the development of foreign business in Ukraine and, as a result, reduce the migration attractiveness of Ukraine for foreigners.

Whatever the case, EXPATPRO has extensive experience in visa issues and has successfully helped many potential investors and other foreigners to obtain visas to Ukraine.

Currently, 70 following countries are included to the list of the migration risk countries:
AfghanistanAlgeriaAngolaBangladeshBeninBotswanaBurkina FasoBurundi Cameroon Cape VerdeCentral African RepublicChadCongo (The Democratic Republic)Congo (The People`s Republic)Côte d’IvoireDjiboutiEgyptEquatorial GuineaEritreaEthiopiaFederal Republic of Somalia GabonGambiaGhanaGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaIranIraqJordanKenyaKingdom of LesothoKingdom of TongaKingdom of SwazilandKyrgyzstan Lebanese Republic LiberiaLibyaMadagascarMalawiMaliMauritaniaMoroccoMozambikNamibiaNigerNigeriaPakistanPalestinePapua New GuineaRepublic of KoreaRepublic of South SudanRuanda Russian Federation San Tome and PrincipiSenegalSierra LeoneSri LankaSudanSyriaTajikistanTanzaniaThe Union of the ComorosTogolese RepublicTunisiaUgandaVietnamYemenZambiaZimbabwe.

Vasyl Cherednichenko

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