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GETTING THE D-TYPE VISA

Updated: Jun 28, 2019



As was already learned above, a D-type visa is a long-term multi-entry visa issued to foreigners for a period of up to 90 days with a purpose for preparation of documents for a Ukrainian residence.


There are the following sub-categories of the D visa based on the purpose of visit that are defined by the mutual Order No. 469/897/605 of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine dated 30.10.2017:

D-01 - immigration;

D-02 – family reunion with a person who holds a refugee status in Ukraine or who got shelter in Ukraine;

D-03 - diplomatic (for accreditation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs);

D-04 - employment;

D-05 – international technical aid;

D-06 – carrying out religious activity;

D-07 – participation in branches, departments, representative offices and other subsidiaries of non-government organisations of foreign countries;

D-08 – work in a Ukrainian representative office of a foreign company;

D-09 – work in a Ukrainian representative office of a foreign bank;

D-10 – for carrying out teaching, cultural, scientific, sports, volunteering activity;

D-11 – work as a journalist or representative of a foreign mass media;

D-12 – founder, shareholder, beneficiary owner of a Ukrainian company;

D-13 - studying;

D-14 – family reunion with a Ukrainian citizen based on marriage;

D-15 – family reunion with a Ukrainian temporary residence permit holder;

D-16 – other purposes based on international treaties of Ukraine.


The Foreigner shall submit the following documents to get a D-type visa:

…these are not all documents needed. Other documents are defined based on your visit purpose outlined above:

  1. Copy of an immigration permit.

  2. Document certifying that an applicant is a family member of a refugee who got shelter in Ukraine.

  3. Study invitation issued by a relevant educational facility and that is duly registered.

  4. Invitation of a state institution, enterprise, organization that is a recipient of an international technical aid project.

  5. Invitation issued by a religious organization, which is also approved by a state body that registered this organazation, for conducting preaching and rituals during a long period of time.

  6. Invitation issued by a branch office, department, representative office or another subsidiary of a non-government organization of a foreign country duly registered.

  7. Invitation issued by a branch office, department, representative office of a foreign company duly registered.

  8. Invitation issued by a branch office or representative office of a foreign bank duly registered.

  9. Request of a foreign mass media re issuance a visa for a foreign journalist entering Ukraine for a long period of time in business.

  10. Request of competent bodies of foreign states or international organizations re issuance of visas for staff of diplomatic and consular offices, foreign organizations and their representative offices, who enter Ukraine for a long period of time in business and for their family members.

  11. Invitation issued by a state body responsible for cultural, educational, scientific, sports, volunteering projects in which the applicant participates, or invitation of an organization using volunteers and that is duly indicated on the website of the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine as well as a copy of the registration certificate of this organization.

  12. Document proving that an applicant is married to a citizen of Ukraine.

  13. Document proving that an applicant is a family member of a foreigner holding a temporary residence permit in Ukraine, together with a copy of this permit as well as a document proving that the host has sufficient financial resources to support the applicant in Ukraine.

  14. Documents proving that an applicant is a founder or shareholder or final beneficiary of a company in Ukraine and that his/her share in the company valued not less than EUR 100 000.00 at the time of making the investment.

E.g. for the employment purpose (D-04) a work permit should be submitted. If a work permit is not required (e.g. for heads of Rep offices), then a copy of employment contract must be submitted. Foreign Ukrainians also do not need to get a work permit and so they should submit a copy of employment contract together with a foreign Ukrainian ID.


All documents issued by foreign authorities have to be legalized / apostilled, translated into the Ukrainian language (if not possible – into the English language) by a certified translator whose signature has to be duly certified (e.g. notarized) as well.


A D-visa is issued either:

i) overseas by a Ukrainian consulate; or

ii) in Ukraine by the Department of the Consular Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs located in Kyiv, 2 Velyka Zhytomyrska street.

The Department of the Consular Service in Kyiv does not issue visas for all possible purposes. Visas in Kyiv are issued only based on the following reasons:

  • for employment;

  • for participation in realisation of projects of international technical aid that are duly registered;

  • for work at representative offices of foreign companies duly registered in Ukraine;

  • for work at representative offices and branches of foreign banks duly registered in Ukraine;

  • for carrying out cultural, scientific, educational activities based on international treaties or special programmes;

  • for foreigners who arrived into Ukraine for participation in international and regional volunteering programmes or local volunteering organisations duly registered in Ukraine;

  • for foreigners who are founders, shareholders of final beneficiaries of Ukrainian companies holding a share equal to EUR 100 000 (One thousand euros);

  • for foreigners who arrived into Ukraine for studying.

Another one but the last restriction for getting a D visa in Ukraine is that an applicant must hold a passport of any of the countries whose citizens can enter Ukraine without a visa for 90 days within 180 days: Austria, Azerbaijan, Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Andorra, Argentina, Belgium, Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegowina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Vatican, Great Britain, Armenia, Hong Kong, Greece, Georgia, Denmark, Estonia, Israel, Ireland, Island, Spain, Italy, Kazakhstan, Canada, Qatar, Kirghizia, Cyprus, Korea, Latvia, Lithuanian, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Netherlands, Germany, Norway, United Arab Emirates, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San-Marino, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, USA, Tadjikistan, Turkey, Hungary, Uzbekistan, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech, Chile, Montenegro, Switzerland, Sweden, Japan.


Time for getting a D-type visa is up to 10 business days for USD 65 and up to 5 business days for USD 130. When a visa is issued at a state border check-point or by the Department of the Consular Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then the visa fee is UAH 2550. Other amounts of visa fees may apply based on the reciprocity principle used between Ukraine and a relevant country. You can read here about all these countries and visa fees applied to their citizens.


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