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France

Ukraine nationals in Ukraine

Situations where they can apply for visas in Ukraine

As of April 18, 2022, France has announced plans to reopen its embassy in Kyiv. At present, it is unclear when visa processing will resume in Ukraine.

Any special considerations

In the Schengen area, you will be in legal situation for 90 days. If you so wish, you can obtain protection in the country where you are currently.

If they cannot apply for visas in Ukraine, alternative options

If you are Ukrainian and wish to enter France but you do not have a biometric passport or travel documents, you can go to a consular post in a country bordering Ukraine (for example Poland, Romania, Hungary etc.) so that your situation can be studied.

Non-Ukraine nationals in Ukraine

Situations where they can apply for visas in Ukraine

As of April 18, 2022, France has announced plans to reopen its embassy in Kyiv. At present, it is unclear when visa processing will resume in Ukraine.

Any special considerations

N/A

If they cannot apply for visas in Ukraine, alternative options

N/A

Ukraine nationals in Destination Country

Options

If you are Ukrainian and have a biometric passport, you are allowed to stay up to 90 days after you enter the Schengen Area. If your stay in France is extended beyond 90 days, and/or you need accommodation, you can go to the prefecture of the Department in which you arrived, to extend your right to stay. At the prefecture, you can ask for protection if you so wish. 

Other considerations

For any question related to your stay in France, you can contact the prefecture of the Department in which you arrived.

As of March 2, 2022, Ukrainian nationals are being offered temporary protection that will start immediately, across the EU, and last for one year. If the situation persists, this period will be automatically extended twice by six monthly periods for up to one year. This temporary protection means; 1. Residency Rights, 2. Access to the labor market subject to Member States’ labor market policies, 3. Access to housing, 4. Social Welfare, 5. Medical or other assistance, and 6. Unaccompanied children and teenagers are entitled to legal guardianship and access to education.

  • Scope. Temporary Protection status is available to Ukrainian citizens (including those on short stay in the European Union or European Economic Area, but resident in Ukraine); those holding Ukraine-issued international or national protection status; Ukraine-issued permanent residence permit holders, unable to safely and sustainably return to their home country; and spouses, partners, minor unmarried children, and other cohabiting dependent close relatives, part of the family unit in Ukraine before February 24, 2022. Applicants must have been resident in Ukraine on or before February 24, 2022 to be eligible.
  • Document requirements. Applicants submit a passport, any available documents on their civil status, any available proof of residence in Ukraine on February 24, and local accommodation details, among others. Document requirements may vary somewhat between Prefectures.
  • Application process. Upon arrival, individuals can apply for temporary protection at the local Prefecture with jurisdiction over their place of stay. Both wait times and appointment scheduling delays can be significant. The process is expected to vary somewhat between Prefectures. The Prefecture will typically grant confirmation of temporary protection on the appointment day. No government fees are anticipated at this point.
  • Work authorization. Based on current available rules, applicants are expected to still require a separate work permit rather than being automatically work authorized. Details on this point remain pending and will be published once available.
  • Change of status. In-country change of status should be permitted, subject to case-by-case review.

Links to latest Government information

https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/actualites/dossiers/situation-en-ukraine/information-for-ukrainian-citizens-wishing-to-enter-french

EUR-Lex – 52022PC0091 – EN – EUR-Lex (europa.eu)