New members of the Ukraine forum, introduce yourselves here - 2019

Hi all,

Newbie on the Ukraine forum? Don't know how to start?

This thread is for you ;)

We invite you to introduce yourself on this topic, to share with us your expat story if you are already living in the country,
or to tell us more on your expat projects in Ukraine if you are planning to move there.

It will enable us to help you better but above all to wish you a warm welcome.

Welcome on board!

Hi to everyone,
I am Andrew, I am 36 and from the last 3 yrs plus 1 yr of engagement I am married with and Ukranian lady from Kherson.
I am Italian but we live in England and once a year we go in Ukraine for holiday, the first time I found really impressive the place and the environment that I found but now I get use and I get use about building, culture style of life and all our friends that live overthere.
At minute I collect all experience and information that I can, because in the future I want spend always more holiday in Ukraine that now so living a short time per year there.
If anyone foreigners is living in Kherson please feel free to contact me anytime I will be happy to take coffee and spend friendly time in conversation when I will plan to get my next holiday in Kherson.
Kind regards to everyone.
Keep in touch and all the best!

Hello,

Im American, married to a Ukrainian.
Been living in kiev for about a year.
39 years old.
Not really sure what else to put on here....
Always looking for new people to meet, coffee and what not... Having a conversation in English and not having to use Google translate always a plus...

Hi,
I have just returned from meeting my girlfriend in Ukraine and need as much information as I can regarding moving, living and working in Ukraine. I know I will need to learn the language. But, how do i find work, a place to live etc. Any help would be most amazing.
Kind regards
Stuart Curry

Hello To everyone,
I'm an Australian currently engaged to a Ukranian girl,  I have lived and worked in many countries such as UK, US, Turkey, Asia.  After nearly 30 years in the retail sector, also the import/export industry. I have decided to change careers and I am now studying to become a Mica Paramedic.
My fiance will be coming to Australia obviously because of my studies, but eventually, I would like to perhaps live and work in Ukraine.  My question is ... and also wanting to learn the salary that a Mica Paramedic earns in Ukraine. Any help would be greatly appreciated and I look forward to all replies in any case or conversation.

Hello Sedat

Maybe actually for sure  I'm not the best person that I can give answer about the wage of paramedic work.

I'll invite you to read the post about the health system that I have published months ago.

In Ukraine already the wage of doctors are already low so I suppose if we talk about paramedic figure will be not as we could expect.
Here follow the link.

Health System in Ukraine Discussion

I know it's not to much but I hope to have been a bit helpful you for get your answer.

Beat regards.

Greetings,
My wife is Ukrainian and we are considering retiring in Lviv. She is from Sumy. If we do so it will be in 3 years or so. We are coming from the States.

Hi Andrew,
Thanks for your reply and info... I will check it out and hopefully, it will provide some insight.
I have been reading and researching and I do understand the wages are lower than expected there in Ukraine.
But I think it is a beautiful country and the cost of living is extremely good and cheap compared to here.
But we will see what happens
Thanks once again
Kind Regards
Sedat

Hi
Sometimes I think as well in the future move in Ukraine, but the main issue that came in my mind it's always the work.
How did you do about this?
I know that for learn the language need time.. I suppose that after one year do not using the translator and studying the language start to be more easy.
Regards.

Hi
my name is. Markos and I have a girlfriend in Kyiv and would like to move down to my girlfriend. so for sure, I would like to hear if there are some here who know how to open a company in Ukraine and if I can without being a state citizen.
Thanks in advance.

Hello,

My name is James and I am in the process of relocating to Dnipro this August for work. I have spent some time in Kyiv this past year. I would like to know about any opportunities to meet with the ex-pat community in Dnipro.

Thanks in advance.

Hello , everyone. I have been searching for a ukrainian specific forum/site and this certainly seems the most informative.
I am a cdn and am planning on moving to Ukraine this year. My hope based on research/ fantasy is to locate somewhere around Odessa.
I will be driving no matter what. I have never visited and although there is no substitute for boots on the ground I have been conducting research for some time. Ukrainian culture is fairly familiar to cdns and I have many Ukrainian/ cdn friends. I don't speak Ukrainian but have been familiarizing myself with an online program and without question intend on enrolling in a school of some sort or hiring a teacher with the goal of something approximating fluency. I speak fair french and poor german. I have an English degree.
Given the relative anonymity afforded by the net I will say that I have 300K cdn to accomplish this move and establish myself. I only include this so that some expat might take it into consideration if replying to the naive questions I need answered.
Cdns no longer need visas but 90 days is no good . I think I may be able to get a year with perfunctory extensions by applying under a cultural exception/clause for a film project I would like to undertake.
I am just going for it !

First, what is cdn?

Canadian

Relatively speaking, Kiev is expensive; Odessa will be less so. Check out Numbeo for fairly accurate cost estimates. The exchange rate is about 8.25 hrivgna: 1 USD.

DrDuane :

Relatively speaking, Kiev is expensive; Odessa will be less so. Check out Numbeo for fairly accurate cost estimates. The exchange rate is about 8.25 hrivgna: 1 USD.

It is a very wrong exchange rate. Now it fluctuates around 26 hryvnias for 1 USD.

Northern cdn :

I have an English degree.
Cdns no longer need visas but 90 days is no good. I think I may be able to get a year with perfunctory extensions by applying under a cultural exception/clause for a film project I would like to undertake.
I am just going for it !

You are right that Canadians do not need a visa to enter Ukraine but this visa-free regime concerns only 90 days within 180 days. So if you want to stay here for more than 3 months, then you need to get some legal grounds for this.
Just to overstay hoping that no one will notice is a very bad idea that will result in financial sanctions, possible deportation and a 3-year ban.
The easiest way to stay in Ukraine for a long term must be setting up your own company in Ukraine. Here you can read about this in details: https://www.legal-ideas.com/post/proces … in-ukraine
If you need to generate some income while being in Ukraine, you may consider giving language classes via your UA company. Here you can find a business plan on opening a language school in Ukraine: https://www.legal-ideas.com/post/how-to … in-ukraine

Thanks for your comments greykyiv.
I have read all your posts/ blogs ; they were very informative.
I intend on making Ukraine my home so I have no intention of jeopardizing my plans by breaking the law  overstaying my visa.
As I stated my hope is to get a one year visa as a cultural worker . I want to put together a Ukrainian/ Canadian film co- production. If I am forced to open a business it would be under this banner.
I would prefer to keep things simple , however , and just get a personal visa until I make contacts over there.
I am in the process of liquidating my assets presently and will soon make my way overland across canada to a sailing port in the east. I will stop at the various Ukranian honourary consulates , cultural attaches , and embassies along the way and hopefully catch a sympathetic ear.
Keep posting you have my ears !

Nothern cnd,
There is no such visa in Ukraine as a one year cultural visa. Everything that is longer 90 days needs residence. There are 2 types of visas that you can use and each of them has its sub-categories.
A short term C visa. You can read about its duration, cost and when it is issued here: https://www.legal-ideas.com/post/gettin … -type-visa
A long term D visa. You can read about its duration, cost and when it is issued here: https://www.legal-ideas.com/post/gettin … -type-visa

Thanks, greykyiv.
I am aware of the diff. types of visas available.
I meant that as a subcatagory I would apply as a cultural worker. That would be the rationale for requesting the visa in other words.
Although I thought I did read on the embassy site that it would be a one year visa. I'll have to peruse the site when next I get a chance.

Nothern cnd, you probably misunderstood the visa term and a number of days it provides for staying in Ukraine. E.g. a C visa can be issued for 5 years but giving you only 90/180 days within these 5 years anyway.

Greykyiv , I certainly did misunderstand if what you say is correct.
90/180 over 5 yrs? That makes no sense.
In your expert opinion what is the most viable means for a canadian with a fair amount of capital who wants to live and be self employed secure the longest legal tenure in Ukraine ?

Northern cdn :

Greykyiv , I certainly did misunderstand if what you say is correct.
90/180 over 5 yrs? That makes no sense.
In your expert opinion what is the most viable means for a canadian with a fair amount of capital who wants to live and be self employed secure the longest legal tenure in Ukraine ?

There is an exhaustive list of cases when a foreigner can get temporary residence in Ukraine. They are listed here: https://www.legal-ideas.com/post/tempor … candidates
Check them out and say which one matches you. My assumption is that would be item 1 - employment.  If you are not going to work for someone, then you can apply a popular option of setting up your own company that will hire you. This way you will get a 3-year renewable residence. The whole process and costs are described here: https://www.legal-ideas.com/post/proces … in-ukraine

Hi GreyKyiv,
Your information is very valuable and well knowledge.. So I would like to ask you a question if I may..
I am from Melbourne, Australia looking to find a job in Ukraine. my career background is Senior Retail Management. State/Regional Management of large retail firms here in Australia. However, I would like to live and work there. Can you recommend a good job agency there that can help me with this?
Any help would be well appreciated.
Regards
Sedat

Sedat.O :

Hi GreyKyiv,
Your information is very valuable and well knowledge.. So I would like to ask you a question if I may..
I am from Melbourne, Australia looking to find a job in Ukraine. my career background is Senior Retail Management. State/Regional Management of large retail firms here in Australia. However, I would like to live and work there. Can you recommend a good job agency there that can help me with this?
Any help would be well appreciated.
Regards
Sedat

Hi Sedat,
Did you try hh.ua and work.ua website?
I do not now any particular headhunting agency. I have many of them among my LinkedIn contacts but am not sure who of them to pick up for you.
I would say the biggest challenge for you will high salary demands set by Ukrainian law (you can read here about this: https://www.legal-ideas.com/post/how-mu … in-ukraine). You could bypass these thresholds if you had Ukrainian residence but as I understand you do not.

Thank you.  All information is of great help and I appreciate you sending me those sites
I will look into them.. My fiance is still there, however, I will be coming there in the next 2 months to get married. so This is when I will look into the residency situation. 
If you come across any further information I would be grateful to hear from you

Sedat.O :

Thank you.  All information is of great help and I appreciate you sending me those sites
I will look into them.. My fiance is still there, however, I will be coming there in the next 2 months to get married. so This is when I will look into the residency situation. 
If you come across any further information I would be grateful to hear from you

I didn't know you are going to get married. Once you get married you will be able to apply for a 1-year renewable Ukrainian residence that can be converted into permanent residence after 2 years of marriage or as soon as you get a common baby.
So when you get this residence you can register as a private entrepreneur and this way you will bypass this salary threshold requirement. A little more information about this you can read here: https://www.legal-ideas.com/post/how-a- … ork-permit

Re your marriage. Make sure you get in order all your papers for your marriage registration in Ukraine and then for getting temporary residence while you are in Australia. It happens almost all the time that guys come to Ukraine and then this ordeal with getting papers from the native country begins. These 2 articles point out the most common such issues:
https://www.legal-ideas.com/post/marria … in-ukraine
https://www.legal-ideas.com/post/tempor … n-marriage

GreyKyiv. I am amazed at the legal system in Ukraine and how difficult they make it for people like us. Such a waste of time and paperwork. yet it could be so simple in the process.
But the information you sent is most valuable. So much I did not know.. Holy cow... it's more complex than I thought. So I have spoken to my Fiance last night to try and do things differently now.
Once again thanks for your help. Truly appreciate it.

Hey all...

Had a chance to spend a few months visiting in Ukraine and completely fell in love with the country and the people. Hoping to retire there in a few years.

Looking forward to get to know you all :).

Hello to all the expats here!  My name is Neil.  I am 58 years old and will be getting married to a lovely woman (48) that I met in Kyiv.  She will come to America in November.  But when I retire, I am thinking it would not only make her happy to return to Kyiv, but my SS will go farther.  I might not even wait until I retire.  Maybe I could just sell my house and move.  I am a radio engineer, and manage 6 radio stations.  I have been to Ukraine 4 times now, and will return soon to pick up my fiance and escort her back to my state, Idaho.  Glad to be here!

Hello! I'm a part of Ukrainian law company ExpatPro. As you can understand from the name of tha company, we are focused on immigration law))) But not only: if you need in consultation or professional solution in field of setting business in Ukraine, corporate and business support, family law, real estate services, digital and IT law and you are not Ukrainian citizen - you are welcome, just contact us.

Hey all. Just got curious as to your experiences with the Ukraine as I have got to travel there for family business. I was born and bred there in a rough part of an industrial town, some 40 years back, where there was no right side of the tracks. I still have both colloquial Russian and Ukrainian as my first languages. I have lived away from the Ukraine for 40 years though and now I have little idea what it is like now. Do you still constantly have to bribe your way through the red tape? Do you still to have to carry a bludgeon to stay safe in a residential suburb? Do I still need to pack a gun when going flattuntung ? Thanks very much,

Hello I am Alex live in United States and working in a Senior living centers called Calamar. Now, I got an opportunity from Ukraine by renowned IT company. I wanted to explore more about the country and places.

Hi,

I invite you to follow this topic on this new thread:
http://www.expat.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=880564

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