I am officially a Ukrainian resident!

Official Ukraine Residency Permit

Obtaining this residency permit was not complicated, and the entire process start to finish was well under three months. It probably could be done in two if one was highly motivated. With this permit I can live and work in Ukraine for three years. Critically, this also enables me to open a Ukrainian bank account and use Ukrainian payment systems.

I am as of today officially granted temporary residency in Ukraine, for a period of three years (subject of course to good behavior).

I’ve written before on the progress towards this moment:

I applied for this residency card about two weeks ago. Yesterday my lawyer texted me to say the card was ready and we had an appointment today to pick it up. Careful readers will note that today is a Saturday! It doesn’t matter, this service center works on the weekends too. Good luck getting a weekend appointment at a DMV office in the US.

When we arrived we checked in at the front desk and were given a number which was to be called in about ten minutes. My lawyer and I sat at the coffee bar (yes there’s a coffee bar in the passport service center), and we must have lost track of time because one of the employees at the center came over to find us to tell us our number had been called. Again, try getting away with that in a US government office.

We walked up to the window which had called our number, and I was handed the card and a document to sign confirming receipt. And that was it! In and out in maybe 15 minutes. I was shocked.

Overall the experience has been a breeze. There are admittedly some bureaucratic hurdles to overcome, but almost all of them were handled by the Ukrainian law firm I hired to help with the process. Every step I’ve been personally involved with has been straightforward and modern.

There is still one step left before I’m done with this initial process: I must open a Ukrainian bank account using my new residency status. More about that in a few days.