New foreigners employment rules for Diia City residents

Contents

  1. Employment of a foreigner under a gig-contract
  2. Employment of a foreigner under an employment agreement
  3. How long is the work permit valid in case of employment under an employment contract?
  4. Are there any requirements to the minimum salary for foreigners within Diia City?
  5. Staying of foreign IT specialists in Ukraine
  6. Everything is simple now!

In a short while, Ukrainian IT companies will have simpler and more accessible employment rules for foreigners. Such rules will be available as part of the legal regime Diia City — a virtual free economic zone with a special tax and legal regime.

IT companies, which became residents of Diia City, will be able to hire foreigners under the simplified procedure.

A resident of Diia City may engage foreign IT specialists to the performance of works (provision of services) under employment contracts, gig-contracts, as well as under other civil or commercial agreements, including agreements with individual entrepreneurs.

Employment of a foreigner under a gig-contract

If a foreign IT specialist cooperates with a resident of Diia City under a gig-contract, no work permit for such a foreigner is required.

Employment of a foreigner under an employment agreement

If a resident of Diia City decides to hire a foreign IT specialist under an employment contract, requirement on obtaining a work permit for such a foreigner shall still apply.

How long is the work permit valid in case of employment under an employment contract?

As before, for foreign IT specialists working in Ukraine under an employment agreement (contract), the work permit is issued for the term of such employment agreement (contract), yet no more than for three years.

A relevant norm applies both to the residents of Diia City and IT companies, which have not yet acquired the status of Diia City resident.

Are there any requirements to the minimum salary for foreigners within Diia City?

Since gig-specialists and foreign IT specialists fall under the special category of foreigners qualifying for employment in Ukraine[1], requirements of the legislation on the mandatory payment of salary of at least 10 minimum salaries do not apply to them. Therefore, relevant requirements do not apply to foreigners who perform works (provide services) under a gig-contract, and foreigners employed under an employment contract.

It should be considered that remuneration of foreigners will be taken into account during the calculation of the average monthly remuneration of employees and gig-specialists within Diia City, which according to the law must comprise at least EUR 1,200.[2]

Staying of foreign IT specialists in Ukraine

Foreigners may stay in Ukraine based on a temporary or permanent residence permit in Ukraine.

Conclusion by a resident of Diia City of a gig-contract or employment contract with a foreign is a sufficient ground for obtaining a temporary residence permit in Ukraine by such a foreigner.

Foreigners cooperating with a resident of Diia City under a gig-contract may submit such a gig-contract to the State Migration Service for obtaining the respective temporary residence permit.

As regards foreign IT specialists cooperating with the residents of Diia City under an employment contract, the requirement on submitting a relevant work permit to the State Migration Service shall still apply to them.

Other documents required for obtaining a temporary residence permit in Ukraine shall remain unaffected and include:

  • passport of a foreigner with a type D visa and Ukrainian translation;
  • valid health insurance policy;
  • receipt of payment of the administrative fee;
  • obligation of a resident of Diia City to report early termination or cancellation of a gig-contract (employment contract) with such a foreigner to the State Migration Service and state employment service.

It should be taken into account that a fully remote work option is envisaged for the gig-specialists (foreigners and citizens of Ukraine) within Diia City. Thus, it is not mandatory for foreign gig-specialists to stay in Ukraine.

Everything is simple now!

For the residents of Diia City who plan to work with foreigners under gig-contracts, the procedure for cooperating with such foreigners has been significantly simplified. The absence of the direct obligation to obtain a permit to employ foreign-gig specialists will enable IT companies to engage such specialists in projects without undue delay and bureaucratic procedures.

However, the rules of employment of foreign IT specialists under employment contracts will remain unaffected for the residents of Diia City. The same rules will apply to companies, which will decide not to obtain the status of Diia City resident.


[1] clauses 5 and 6, part 2, Art. 421 of the Law of Ukraine “On Employment of the Population”

[2] clause 2, part 1, Art.5 of the Law of Ukraine “On Stimulating the Development of Digital Economy in Ukraine”

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