Registration of residence is an important step when moving to a new residence place. Registration is required for both citizens of Ukraine and foreigners who permanently or temporarily live here. Residence registration will be also needed when you draw up documents such as a passport or residence permit.
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Residence registration is an instrument of state control over the migration processes in Ukraine. This institute dates back to Russian empire and the Soviet Union. After obtaining Ukraine independence, the residence registration mechanism has changed significantly. Now, it is not a method of control and became a registration system that works only to protect the interests of citizens.
Currently, residence registration is needed for receiving official correspondence. Now the state does not control the number of people registered in one apartment, sanitary norms or proprietary status of citizens. Each person choses its residence place independently and only then inform the state.
Registration is compulsory. Under the law, after you have cancelled residence registration at your former address, or come to Ukraine for permanent or temporary residence, you have thirty days to register your residence place. Staying in Ukraine without residence registration causes legal responsibility in a form of a fine. A special stamp in your residence permit is a confirmation of a proper residence registration. Any data regarding your place of residence is considered personal information; only you, your homeowner and public officer that registered your residence place.
To register residence in Lviv one must apply to the Center of administrative services providing of the district you are going to be registered in, and fill in an application. An example may be found at the very Center. The following documents are to be submitted as well:
- Passport (for foreigners – temporary or permanent residence permit);
- Birth certificate (for minors);
- Bank receipt of paying state fee;
- Documents confirming real estate ownership.
If you change your address in Ukraine, you have to cancel your former registration and make a new one. These actions can be made simultaneously.
If there are several co-owners of the apartment you are going to be registered at, you must submit their written notarized consents to your registration. As for timing, registry office has three working days to register your new place of residence.
If you have debts confirmed by court decision, are subject to military conscription or are a party to the court dispute, if you are going for a long time to leave the place of residence, you will need to notify the state of its location.
And what if you are a real estate owner and want somebody (who is registered) to leave your apartment? Usually, if a person doesn’t want to cancel his/her registration, the matter is taken to court. The claimant must prove that the defendant doesn’t use the dwelling and thus, loses his right to use the apartment. The court decision is a ground for registration cancellation.
A child under 14 is usually registered at its parents’ address or at the address of one parent (but in this case a notarized consent of another parent is required). A person at the age of 14 is entitled to chose its place of residence independently.
FAQ (Frequently asked qestions by immigrants in Ukraine):
– Can a foreigner register address immediately in his/her passport?
No. To register address a foreigner must first get a temporary or permanent residence card.
– Do I need a residence permit to obtain a driver’s license?
Without registration of residence, foreigner can not get driver’s licenses in Ukraine, but at the same time, a foreigner can obtain address registration only after receiving of a residence permit (card).
– Can a foreigner register an individual entrepreneur without registration?
To register individual entrepreneurship the address registration is required. Register address without a temporary/permanent permit is not possible.
– Can a foreigner buy residence? What are the risks for a foreigner if he buys residence (accommodation registration)?
You can often see such inquiries as foreigners buy residence in Lviv, temporary address in Lviv etc.. The problem is that foreigners who have received a temporary residence permit (or certificate of permanent residence) should definitely register the residing address. But at the same time, landlords (apartment owners) doesn’t want to provide them with such address registration, even if foreigners offer money for such registration. As often, foreigners are not written out of the apartment and then the owners should apply to the courts. Therefore, foreigners have to seek registration in Lviv for the money. If a foreigner buys a residence permit (residing address), he/she essentially lived in another apartment. For a foreigner can pull it risks not receiving the official notice or summons etc. At the same time, we don’t hear about immigration officers checking apartment with residing foreigners in Lviv.
Residence registration in Ukraine doesn’t mean cancellation of your registration abroad. Nevertheless, residence registration is compulsory. If you don’t have your own apartment to be registered in, you can rent an apartment, conclude a rent agreement and be registered there (of course, with the homeowner’s consent). A special stamp will be put into your residence permit, confirming the legality of your stay in Ukraine.
Residence registration may seem a very complicated procedure for all non-residents who don’t know the language and peculiarities of Ukrainian bureaucracy. And taking into account there is a limited period of time for registration, delay may cause problems with the law. Do not waste your time, money and nerves, contact professionals and ask for legal assistance.
Attorneys at law “Bachynskyy, Kolomiets and partners” provide a full specter of legal services regarding immigration to Ukraine. We can help you to find an apartment and assist with residence registration in Ukraine.
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