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The project «Legal Assistance to Stateless Persons» has been implemented with the support of UNHCR since June 2017. The project’s attorneys and legal analysts provide legal assistance to stateless persons (individuals who are not recognized as nationals by any country and who do not have the corresponding documentation.) The foundation (R2P) is also working to improve legislation for stateless persons, help them to confirm or acquire citizenship and to issue the passport. The foundation’s experts further conduct seminars on the protection of stateless persons for attorneys, government representatives, and other relevant stakeholders.

Description of previous project outcomes

Owing to legal assistance provided by R2P, 224 formerly stateless persons now hold a valid citizenship. An additional 914 individuals received legal consultation from the foundation. By means of R2P’s presentation at the World Conference on Statelessness, more than 290 foreign professionals from 60 nations received information about statelessness and the issues surrounding the documentation process in Ukraine. R2P’s team of experts also produced the first comparative report on statelessness in Ukraine and Russia. The project team monitored the issuance of passports by the SMS for NGCA residents and compiled a thematic report with recommendations for the improvement of legislation.

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International Conference: “Statelessness and the right to a nationality in Europ…

Today, September 24, is the second day of an international conference on “Statelessness and the right…

17.08.21
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Not just the stolen documents, but a stolen normal life. Story of Ilya

Ilya was born in 1955 in the village of Krasni Chetai. There he spent all his…

12.08.21
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To be born in Ukraine and become stateless. The story of Svitlana

Svitlana was born in Ukraine in the 1960s and lived here almost all her life. For…

11.08.21
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The first step to Ukrainian citizenship. The story of Kostyantyn

Recently, a man turned to our colleagues for help. His name is Kostyantyn, he was born…

27.07.21
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Trying to do everything possible and impossible for a child. Natalia’s sto…

The story began in May 2021. At first, this case seemed so complicated that it could…

15.07.21
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He just had to pick up his passport, yet the war came. The story of Ostap

Ostap was born in the Luhansk region of Ukraine in 1986. As a child, he moved…

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Report «Statelessness in Russia and Ukraine: possible ways to overcome the problem»

  • In order to get started and eventually get yourself documented in Ukraine, you should locate as many documents as possible. Examples of relevant documents to collect include any education certificates, a certificate establishing your current place of residence, a certificate from an official place of employment, and any other documents you can find which demonstrate your identity and background in some capacity. You should also renew your birth certificate, if possible. Your immediate relatives (parents, siblings) can apply for restoration of birth certificates if they have passports. R2P’s lawyers can also assist in renewing ost birth certificates. After you collect all of the documents you can, we recommend you apply with R2P to help gather other necessary information and possibly to submit an application to the courts to assist with your case.

  • If your Soviet passport contains a registration of your residence within Ukraine dated on or following Aug. 24, 1991 or, depending on your case, on or following Nov. 13, 1991, you should contact your local office of the State Migration Service. You will need to bring your Soviet passport, your birth certificate, and a certificate of current place of residence (which can be issued by a village council) or a residence registration certificate (issues by the Administrative Service Centers).


    If your Soviet passport does not contain the aforementioned registration, then you will need to collect documents which confirm your residence in Ukraine since August 24, 1991 (or, depending on your case, November 13, 1991) These documents may include education certificates, military service certificates, prison certificates, certificates from village councils, etc. Once you have collected all the relevant documents, it will be necessary to apply to the court in order to establish the fact of your permanent residence in Ukraine. After the court establishes your permanent residence in Ukraine and the decision enters into force, you can apply to the State Migration Service.

  • To register the birth of a child, you must contact the civil registry service at the child’s place of birth or at your place of actual residence. Both parents’ passports must be provided if the parents are married. If the mother is unmarried and does not have a passport, some relatives (including grandparents, sisters, brothers, and some others) who have Ukrainian passports may also apply to register the child’s birth. You will also need to provide a medical certificate of birth (Form 103/O). In order to successfully register the child’s birth and access the subsequent documentation, it is important that the mother’s first and last names are provided to the hospital correctly. Never, under any circumstances, provide the hospital with false or incorrect information.