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Nathalie asks: Hi. Is it possible to get a Ukrainian expired international passport renewed being a US citizen? Thank you!
Expert's answer:
Despite the fact that Ukraine does not recognize dual citizenship, if you have not renounced it, Ukraine still considers you its citizen and you have the right to get a new passport. You should contact the Embassy of Ukraine in the US for more information.
Margie asks: Hello. I will be spending a few weeks in Lviv in May/June. I am considering a 4-5 day visit to Chernivtsi, and taking day trips from there to Kolomya, etc. Do you think this is a good way to explore Chernivtsi and the surrounding area, with Chernivtsi as a base? And, what other nearby day trips or partial day trips besides Kolomya would you recommend? Thanks.
Expert's answer:
Yes, Chernivtsi is a city worth visiting with a lot of interesting places and you will spend several days only exploring its sights. Besides Kolomyya, I would recommend to visit the Khotyn Fortress, which is also located relatively close.
Deborah asks: I want to study medicine in Bukovinian State Medical University. Can I find a part time job there to help me pay for my tuition fees?
Expert's answer:
After obtaining a work permit, you will have the right to work in Ukraine. In 2018, the average salary in Chernivitsi was about 300-400 USD per month for a full-time job, so it won't be an easy task to earn more. Check this list of jobs offered to students in Chernivtsi. You can use Google Translate to translate the page. Here are official tuition fees and the site of the university.
Vladchenko asks: hi, I am in Perth for holiday at the moment. My Ukraine passport will expire in 3 months. How can I extend it? Thank you
Expert's answer:
You should contact the embassy of Ukraine in Australia to get the latest official info about this issue.
Stevie asks: What is the latest update on living costs to the ponds sterling?
Expert's answer:
According to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, the average monthly salary in Ukraine in November 2018 was 9,161 UAH (about 250 GBP), in Kyiv the average salary was 13,897 UAH (380 GBP). Most of the income, up to 50% or even higher, is spent on food, the rest - on utility bills, transportation. Buying a car, an apartment, traveling abroad with this income level is problematic.
Mark asks: I have a friend living in the DPR. Can she travel to Kiev to get a biometric passport? What documentation is required to cross the border into Ukraine? Will she be able to return with a passport? If not, how will she return and when and how will she receive the passport when completed?
Expert's answer:

Locals living in the conflict zone have to go out of it to get any Ukrainian documents including international passports. There are regular buses available (the price is about 30-40 USD for one ticket to Kyiv), the passes allowing to leave/return to the zone are issued for free online.

We receive a lot of similar requests about people claiming they live in the war zone and need money to get documents, it has already become a template for luring easy money from foreigners.

For a real person obtaining an international passport is still possible and really not that expensive, not a problem returning with it to the zone. So I would not trust anyone who asks for money to get any documents.

dylan asks:

I paid school fees for a language course and i was given a posvidka (resident permit) by my school/immigration, which will expire august next year (august 2019). The school resumed after the language course and I have not paid my registration fee yet and I am waiting for my salary and money from my parents.

But I got a message from my agent telling me that my school is about to terminate my posvidka and I will be rendered illegal in Ukraine. Is that really possible? I thought my posvidka will last for at least one year. Please an immediate response will be highly appreciated. I am confused.

Expert's answer:

Your residence permit can be terminated only by the office of the Migration Service of Ukraine that issued it. One of the reasons for them to do it is university graduation in most cases but also expulsion from the university (if the student did not pay tuition or pass the exams).

From the moment of expulsion a foreigner has no right to be in Ukraine. So you should better contact your university directly right now, explain your situation, tell them when you will get money, and agree on the deadlines for this payment.

Kein asks: I am a medical student, I wish to work in part time, I have Ukrainian resident permit (temporary), is it possible to work without work permit in Kiev or else I will get some problems?
Expert's answer:
Only permanent residence permit allows you as a foreign citizen to work without a work permit in Ukraine. Your employer should be able to assist you in obtaining the work permit.
Margie asks: Would you recommend a few days in Chernivtsi for a solo traveller? Is the ride by train or by bus more scenic? Thanks.
Expert's answer:
Chernivtsi, as a city with a unique preserved architecture of different styles and rich cultural heritage, is definitely worth a visit. The former Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the main attractions of the city and Ukraine in general. There are regular trains running from Kyiv to Chernivtsi.
Niraj asks: Hello, I am dating a girl from Lugansk, she is saying that to get international passport it takes around 300$ as she will have to go to Kiev stay there for 1 day and apply for passport. Is it true will it cost around 300 $ for going to Kiev, staying in a hotel and passport fee?
Expert's answer:
The international bio-metric passport fee is about 20-30 USD, two bus tickets - about 60 USD, one night in a hotel - 20-40 USD. As we receive a lot of similar requests, our advice is not to send any help to a person in Ukraine, especially in parts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions controlled by separatists like in your case, before you are absolutely sure that this person is real. At least talk to this person several times via Skype with a webcam turned on or better meet the person in Ukraine, in Kyiv or Kharkiv, for example. Otherwise you are doing it on your risk.

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