However, the Ukrainian “immigration revolution” began with the government’s strict application of the rules for applying for and receiving temporary residency status in Ukraine. Thus, the coveted “permission for temporary residency” was born, which became the most sought-after document by foreigners who wished to stay in Ukraine for
extended periods of time.
In the beginning, permission for temporary residency was directly stamped in a foreigner’s passport by the local immigration authority (OVIR). And, in this land of selective implementation, it really
was not difficult to obtain such a stamp at the right price. Next, the local authorities were instructed to issue a separate “passport-like” document with strict accounting standards for those who obtained
such document, which facilitated the movement of the immigration rules from the shadow into the transparent realm.
It is well-known today that any foreigner that wishes to obtain a temporary residency permit must have legal grounds to do so. The most common legal ground is official employment in a local legal
entity with an accompanying work permit and an immigration visa.