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Dustin asks: My grandfather was born in Ukraine but I was born and raised in the U.S. I have a three year plan to move away from the U.S. and live in the Ukraine. Is there a path for citizenship through my grandfather, or purchasing land and living on it? I have documentation on my great grandfather too.
Expert's answer:
You have the right to acquire Ukrainian citizenship by geographic place of origin. But keep in mind that by doing it you will pledge to terminate your US citizenship. More info on the site of the Migration Service of Ukraine.
Yelena asks: I was born in Ukraine and moved to US in 1994. I have old version of Ukrainian passport that looked like USSR passport, but had stamp Property of Ukraine. I prolonged this passport once in Ukrainian embassy in US, but of course it expired long time ago. Since then I got US citizenship. Can I still be citizen of Ukraine or now I have to reapply to be a citizen..?
Expert's answer:
If you yourself have not renounced Ukrainian citizenship, you are still a citizen of this country. Contact the embassy of Ukraine to the US to get more info. It should also be noted that Ukraine does not recognize dual citizenship and the fact that you are a US citizen may theoretically be the reason why you can be deprived of Ukrainian citizenship. But in practice this is very rarely done. Perhaps this question will arise when you contact the embassy.
Julia asks: I am Ukrainian, my husband is Lebanese, we live in Dubai. Can I pass the Ukrainian citizenship to my child given that he will be born here in Dubai?
Expert's answer:
If you are a citizen of Ukraine at the time of the child's birth, then the child also acquires Ukrainian citizenship. Contact the consulate of Ukraine in Dubai to get more info.
Richard asks: I heard that the Ukrainian military is offering citizenship in 3 years instead of the standard 5 for enlistment service from foreigners. Is this true or just fabrications?
Expert's answer:
Yes, it is true. For foreigners serving in the Ukrainian armed forces, if the conditions for obtaining citizenship are met, it is enough to live on the territory of Ukraine for only 3 years, and not 5. The three-year period begins to count from the moment when the contract of a foreigner with Ukraine comes into force. Read the following article to get more details.
Amira asks: Hey! I have a question regarding citizenship in Ukraine. What are the laws and regulations there? If my parents are from Afghanistan and got citizenship in Ukraine and we children also, does that mean that my parents have refused their citizenship in Afghanistan? Or are they still citizens of Afghanistan and Ukraine?
Expert's answer:
Ukraine doesn't recognize dual citizenship. So when applying for Ukrainian citizenship, you pledge to terminate your other citizenship. In general it is not an easy task to become a citizen of Ukraine and will take years (the main requirements).
Brooklyn (Oksana) asks: Hello! I was born in Kremenchuk, Ukraine in 1999, but adopted by a family from The USA in 2000. I am now 21 years old and am interested in going back to Ukraine to explore my culture and hometown. I still have all the documents relating to my adoption, in both Ukrainian and English, my birth certificate, my (green card maybe?) my Ukrainian passport... am I still considered a Ukrainian citizen even though I'm sure it's expired (being that it was 20years ago)? Also, if I do have citizenship still am I able to move and live there with out any issues relating to that?
Expert's answer:
If you became a US citizen after coming of age (voluntarily by your own decision), then you lost your Ukrainian citizenship as Ukraine doesn't recognize dual citizenship. If it happened before that moment (not voluntarily by your new parents decision), then you are still considered a citizen of Ukraine; the same if you do not have US citizenship. You should contact the embassy of Ukraine to the US to get more info about this issue.
Alex asks:

Hi, I am Ukrainian and my wife is Swiss. Our children had Swiss citizenship/passports from birth and we did not register them as Ukrainians. I have received also Swiss citizenship recently and plan to exit the Ukrainian citizenship but I face issues since I was told that children should be also involved in the whole process since they are considered Ukrainians by birth even if we have not registered them.

We are basically forced now to first register and get passports for them, including the internal passport for the elder son who has never lived and not planning to leave in Ukraine. And all these steps need to be done so we can exit it after. Is this what the law really says? That children ARE Ukrainians even if holding another passport and not registered as Ukrainians?

Expert's answer:
In general, everything is correct. According to the law "On Citizenship of Ukraine", a person whose parents or one of the parents was a citizen of Ukraine at the time of his/her birth is automatically considered a citizen of Ukraine. So they are citizens of Ukraine now from Ukraine's point of view. Parents have the right to apply for withdrawal from Ukrainian citizenship for themselves and their children like in your case. For children aged 14-18, their consent is required. In this regard, in order to do everything correctly from a bureaucratic point of view, you need to get all the documents in order to officially renounce the citizenship of Ukraine for both you and your children.
Anaya asks: My mother is from Ukraine and I was born in Ukraine, we moved in Pakistan. I have citizen of Ukraine we traveled there when I was 12 years old and included my name with my mother's passport and now I am 26 years old with 2 kids how can I get Ukrainian passport?
Expert's answer:
Ukraine still considers you as its citizen. Contact the embassy of Ukraine to Pakistan to get the latest official info about obtaining a passport.
Mariia asks: Hi, I am Ukrainian citizen working in the US on O1 visa. My child was born here but I was wondering if we can apply for Ukrainian passport for him from here. Another question is how do we go about travelling to Donetsk from the US to visit grandparents if we don't get him Ukrainian passport?
Expert's answer:

Your child born in the United States is automatically granted the US citizenship. However, born of a citizen of Ukraine, the child also has the right to obtain Ukrainian citizenship, despite the fact that Ukraine doesn't recognize dual citizenship. Read the following article about this situation with the description of the process.

As for visiting Donetsk, I would strongly advise against doing it under any circumstances, it is too risky since Ukraine doesn't control this city and all power in it belongs to pro-Russian separatists who can literally do whatever they want, especially with visitors from other countries. Going there with a child looks very risky as well. Your grandparents can get free passes online allowing them to leave the conflict zone and meet you in Kyiv. It would be the best way to do it.

Anastasia asks: Hello, I was born in Ukraine but moved to the US with my parents. They received US citizenship and I also received it automatically (I was a minor at the time). I have a US passport and Ukrainian international passport (I did it at the Ukrainian embassy in the US) but not an inner Ukrainian passport. Am I still considered an official citizen of Ukraine?
Expert's answer:
If you yourself haven't renounced your Ukrainian citizenship, then Ukraine still considers you to be its citizen. You have the right to obtain an internal passport of a citizen of Ukraine, if you want. But it is possible only in Ukraine, the embassy can't issue it. To enter Ukraine, you will have to show your Ukrainian international passport. To return to the US, you will show the document confirming that you are a citizen of the US.
Sandy asks: My father was born in Ukraine. He became a US citizen in 1950's. Am I eligible for a Ukrainian passport? Are my children eligible as well?
Expert's answer:
You have the right to acquire Ukrainian citizenship by geographic place of origin. The main issue is that Ukraine doesn't recognize dual citizenship and you pledge to terminate your current citizenship, when applying for Ukrainian one.
Akash asks: Hello. My son is born in Ukraine and now he is Ukrainian citizen and me and my wife both got permanent residency permit because we both are foreigners. My question is that we want to terminate our current citizenship and would like to apply Ukrainian citizenship. What should we do for that? also I mention we got Ukrainian permanent residency around 18 months before. Thanks
Expert's answer:
At first, you should get an immigration permit , it is one of the requirements of acquiring Ukrainian citizenship.
Sergey asks: How to obtain Ukrainian Citizenship if I was born in Ukraine and living in the UK long time?
Expert's answer:
Most probably you have the right to acquire Ukrainian citizenship by geographic place of origin. The main issue is that Ukraine doesn't recognize double citizenship, so you have to pledge to terminate your other citizenship to become a citizen of Ukraine. You can get more info on the site of the Migration Service of Ukraine.
Rim asks: Hello! My name is Rim, I was born in Ukraine Kiev in 1996, later on mom and dad got divorced when i was 9 months! Mom took me to Lebanon! She could passing me through the airport without any papers bcz dad didn't give her my papers or passport! Later on she wanted to enroll for me new passport so she asked our embassy (not the Lebanese one!) to give me new one but the thing is that they did write on my passport that i was born in Beirut instead of Ukraine! After all of this can i get the Ukrainian passport? As I have official paper that I was born there?
Expert's answer:
It looks like a complex issue. You should contact the Migration Service of Ukraine, Ukrainian legal agencies (first, second) to get professional help about all the options available.
Monica asks: Hi. I am an Iranian marrying a Ukrainian. How long does it take that I can get my Ukrainian passport?
Expert's answer:
You will have the right to apply for Ukrainian citizenship after two years of being married to a Ukrainian citizen. Check the following article with more details about obtaining Ukrainian citizenship through marriage.
Raj asks: Hello. After permanent residency of Ukraine how long I wait for Ukrainian passport?
Expert's answer:
You should check the page about acquiring Ukrainian citizenship on the site of the Migration Service of Ukraine.
Buddhika Bandara asks: Hi. I would like to ask if I study in Ukraine, can I apply for citizenship or permanent residence? If possible, how long I need to stay in Ukraine?
Expert's answer:
One of the requirements of obtaining Ukrainian citizenship is that you "must legally reside on the territory of Ukraine continuously during the past five years", more info on the site of the Migration Service of Ukraine.
Jonathan asks: Can I get a Ukraine passport as my grandfather was born there?
Expert's answer:
You have the right to acquire Ukrainian citizenship but as Ukraine doesn't recognize double citizenship one of the requirements is to terminate your current citizenship. I doubt you would like to do it. More info on the site of the Migration Service of Ukraine.
Bohdan asks: I came to America 15years ago from Ukraine. I am now an American citizen. Can I visit Ukraine on my American Passport? Or must I travel to Ukraine on my Ukrainian Passport?
Expert's answer:
Formally, dual citizenship in Ukraine is not allowed, but the situation is rather confusing. You should contact the embassy of Ukraine in the US to get the latest official info about this issue.
Lativa Kaboush asks: I have lived in Ukraine for 5 years as a medical student, student visa. Am I eligible of citizenship?
Expert's answer:
You should check the site of Ukrainian Migration Service to get the latest info about obtaining Ukrainian citizenship.
Heather asks: I have a U.S. passport. My grandfather was born in the Ukraine. Can I get a ukrainian passport?
Expert's answer:
You can find the official information about obtaining Ukrainian citizenship on the site of Ukrainian Migration Service. This service can be used to translate sites from Ukrainian.
bour ahmed asks: How can I get permanent residency and what documentary should I give while I am married with Ukranian women and I have a child
Expert's answer:
Check the site of Ukrainian migration service to get the latest info about obtaining Ukrainian citizenship.
Arti asks: I am a long time visitor to Ukraine and would like to obtain a permanent resident status.
Expert's answer:
Check the site of Ukrainian migration service to get the latest info.
Manish asks: I live in India and want to settle in Ukraine. What are the rules and regulations?
Expert's answer:
Here is the site of Ukrainian embassy in India with the information that may be helpful.
Syed asks: I am an Indian and I want to settle in Ukraine. Is it possible and to whom I have to contact?
Expert's answer:
It is possible and for the details you should visit the site of Ukrainian embassy in India.
Dan asks: Is it difficult to acquire Ukrainian citizenship?
Expert's answer:
To decide if it is difficult or not I recommend you to check the site of Ukrainian migration service to get the latest info about the issue.
Happy Gao asks: I want to become the citizen of Ukraine with an aim to live and work there, what should I do and what are the conditions for making this a reality?
Expert's answer:
You can find the latest info about obtaining Ukrainian citizenship on the site of Ukrainian migration service.
Visitor asks: I am planning to immigrate to Ukraine, so what are the rules I should follow to be a legal immigrant?
Expert's answer:
You should check the site of Migration Service of Ukraine
Franklin asks: What can you say me about requirements for migrating to Ukraine
Expert's answer:
I think you should start at the site of Ukrainian migration service page.
Karime asks: I want to immigrate to ukraine and stay in ukraine so what can i do?
Expert's answer:
I recommend you to contact immigration lawyer Igor Geller. Contacts: phones +38-066-760-64-81, +38-057-752-62-84, e-mail info@igorgeller.com, icq 152073394.

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