One of the compulsory requirements for those who want to obtain Ukrainian citizenship is knowledge of Ukrainian or at least its understanding and ability to communicate. This rule is issued by the article 9 of the Law of Ukraine “On citizenship of Ukraine”. This rule does not extend to people who have certain physical disabilities that impede learning a language, including: deafness, dumbness, blindness. All other applicants for citizenship in Ukraine must provide a certificate confirming knowledge of the Ukrainian language.
In order to obtain such a certificate, the person applying for the citizenship of Ukraine shall pass a test for knowledge of Ukrainian language.
It should be taken into account that this requirement is quite soft and democratic, as in many countries for obtaining citizenship one must pass exams proving knowledge of the state language of the country. Examinations are a prerequisite for citizenship in the United States, Britain, Canada, Austria, the Netherlands, Australia and many other countries. These countries take much care of preserving the purity of their state languages.
In Ukraine, for submission to citizenship the test on knowledge of the language is sufficient, it shall include the following items:
- knowledge of Ukrainian phonetics,
- Knowledge and understanding of grammar,
- sufficient lexicon,
- the ability to select synonyms of words
- knowledge and appropriate use of idiomatic phrases.
The following analogues are allowed:
- a certificate of knowledge of the Ukrainian language;
- Diploma Supplement of the university, which indicates the grade for the exam in Ukrainian;
- certificate of External testing in the Ukrainian language and literature.
Who can issue a certificate of the Ukrainian language knowledge?
The certificate confirming knowledge of Ukrainian for obtaining the citizenship in Ukraine may be issued by the head of the institution where the applicant studied or passed a test in Ukrainian; representatives of local executive authorities of Ukraine or local governments.
If you are going to apply for Ukrainian citizenship, you need the archival certificate or legal advice concerning these issues, contact “Bachynskyy, Kolomiets and partners” and we will joyfully consult you.