The Verkhovna Rada adopted a law on additional protection and simplified procedure of granting the Ukrainian citizenship to foreigners who participated in Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) and Joint Forces Operation (JFO), as well as in volunteer organizations. 230 Ukrainian MPs voted for the document. The session was broadcasted on official Rada TV channel.
The law stipulates that foreigners and stateless persons who provided instructors' assistance to Ukrainian servicemen, participated in the ATO or JFO, volunteered and received a temporary residence permit are considered to be legally residing in Ukraine (even if their validity term of the passport expired or the document is subject to exchange). This rule acts until the completion of the occupation of Donbas.
It is allowed to submit an expired passport if a serviceman has to return to an aggressor country or a country that does not recognize the unlawfulness of encroachments on the territorial integrity of Ukraine (for example voted against the Resolution of the UN General Assembly on the territorial integrity of Ukraine from March 27, 2014).
The term of validity of the temporary residence permit for these foreigners and stateless persons is three years.
Such servicemen are not to be extradited to an aggressor country or a country that does not recognize the unlawfulness of attacks on the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
The Law “On Citizenship of Ukraine” provides for a simplified procedure of provision of Ukrainian passport to the said foreign servicemen.
Such foreigner or a stateless person may appeal for the Ukrainian citizenship without the following conditions: continuous residence on legal grounds on the territory of Ukraine during the last 5 years, obtaining a permit for immigration, sufficient knowledge, legitimate livelihoods.
Instead of their obligation to terminate foreign citizenship, they submit a declaration of refusal of foreign citizenship of a person who has received a temporary residence permit as a foreign national serviceman.
Such person is not obliged to return the passport of a foreign state to its authorized bodies.
The law will come into force two months after its publication.