A work permit is necessary in all cases involving legal employment of foreign citizens on the territory of Ukraine. In addition, work permits are issued to foreign citizens hired under agreements between foreign and Ukrainian companies, pursuant to which foreigners come to Ukraine to perform certain works on a non-staff basis and are not entitled to any wages in Ukraine. A permit is issued to a specific company and a specific position for a period of up to three years. This period may be extended, in which case the employer must not later than twenty days before the expiration of the previous term apply to the relevant employment center.
If the company founder Ц who is not a citizen of Ukraine - chooses to perform the Director duties a permission is also required. In such case, at the time of company registration it is standard practice that a citizen of Ukraine is appointed as company Director, except when a foreigner has a Ukrainian permanent residence permit.