3 Work permits for Clients from Pakistan and Lebanon

In today’s globalized world, individuals are increasingly seeking opportunities beyond their home countries to advance their careers, establish businesses, and experience different cultures. Ukraine, with its burgeoning economy and strategic location, has become an attractive destination for foreign entrepreneurs and professionals. At Disputes Law Firm, we have had the privilege of assisting numerous clients in navigating the complex immigration processes to secure work permits and establish their presence in Ukraine. This blog article highlights the successful journeys of three such individuals—two Pakistani entrepreneurs and one Lebanese software engineer—who have embarked on their professional endeavors in Ukraine.

The Path to Entrepreneurship: Pakistani Partners in Advertising and Dining


Ahmed and Ali, two fictional names, are enterprising individuals from Pakistan with a shared vision of creating innovative advertising solutions for social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook. Their journey began with the establishment of an advertising agency, which later expanded to include a restaurant as their main activity. Both Ahmed and Ali were already in Ukraine when they decided to take this ambitious step, making their initial visa requirements less complex.

Starting the Company

The first crucial step in their journey was to establish a legal entity in Ukraine. Under the supervision of attorney and managing partner Dmytro Chuguienko and with the execution assistance of paralegal Roman Kudlai from Disputes Law Firm, Ahmed and Ali successfully navigated the process of starting their company. This process involved:

  • Drafting and issuing a proper power of attorney (POA) text, which took one day.
  • Certifying and legalizing the POA.
  • Registering the company with a nominal director—a Ukrainian citizen—within five working days.

Obtaining Work Permits

With their company legally established, the next step was obtaining work permits for Ahmed and Ali. The work permit process, which typically takes 1-2 weeks, involved:

  • Submitting the necessary documentation, including the application and a draft of the employment contract to the Kyiv city employment Center.
  • Applying for the work permits through the State Employment Service of Ukraine.
  • Receiving the work permits, allowing them to officially work in Ukraine.

Once the work permits were issued, Ahmed and Ali faced the requirement to exit Ukraine and re-enter under the new visa type D-04 for employment purposes. Although they have not yet completed this stage, it is a critical step for securing their residency permits.

Pursuing a Tech Career: A Lebanese Software Engineer’s Journey


Karim, another fictional name, is a talented software engineer from Lebanon who sought to advance his career in Ukraine’s growing tech industry. Like Ahmed and Ali, Karim was already in Ukraine when he decided to formalize his employment status and obtain a work permit.

Establishing a Legal Entity

Following a similar procedure to that of the Pakistani entrepreneurs, Karim needed to establish a legal entity to facilitate his work permit application. Disputes Law Firm provided comprehensive support in this process.

Obtaining the Work Permit

The next step for Karim was to secure a work permit, which included:

  • Compiling and submitting the required documents
  • Applying for the work permit.
  • Receiving the work permit within 1-2 weeks.

Visa and Residency Considerations

Similar to Ahmed and Ali, Karim must exit Ukraine and re-enter under the D-04 visa for employment purposes. Completing this stage will enable him to apply for a residency permit, securing his long-term stay and career development in Ukraine.

The Legal Process: Insights from Disputes Law Firm

Comprehensive Immigration Services

At Disputes Law Firm, we pride ourselves on offering a comprehensive, turnkey set of immigration services tailored to meet the needs of our clients seeking temporary residency in Ukraine. Our services include:

  • Creating and registering a company, initially appointing a nominal director.
  • Obtaining work permits from the newly created company.
  • Arranging the visa acquisition process.
  • Facilitating entry to Ukraine based on a type D visa for 90 days.
  • Changing the company’s director to the client.
  • Arranging accounting and taxation services.

Timeline and Steps

Our streamlined process is designed to ensure efficiency and compliance with Ukrainian laws. The typical timeline and steps include:

  1. Drafting the Power of Attorney (POA): 1 day.
  2. Certifying and Legalizing the POA: 1-2 weeks, depending on the client’s country of residence.
  3. Shipping the POA to Ukraine: 1-2 weeks, based on distance and shipping method.
  4. Registering the Company: 5 working days, with a nominal director initially appointed.
  5. Obtaining the Work Permit: 1-2 weeks.
  6. Registering for a Type D Visa: 1 day, at the Ukrainian Embassy in the client’s country of residence.
  7. Changing the Director: 5 working days, transitioning from the nominal director to the client.


The stories of Ahmed, Ali, and Karim illustrate the potential and opportunities available for foreign entrepreneurs and professionals in Ukraine. Their successful navigation of the legal and bureaucratic processes, with the expert guidance of Disputes Law Firm, highlights the importance of meticulous planning, professional assistance, and strategic decision-making.

For others considering a similar path, the experiences of these three professionals provide valuable insights and inspiration. With the right support and determination, achieving professional and entrepreneurial success in Ukraine is within reach. Disputes Law Firm remains committed to assisting clients every step of the way, ensuring their aspirations become a reality.