Briefly, these grounds are: work in Ukraine, marriage on a Ukrainian, investment of $100 000 in the economy of Ukraine, being a "foreign Ukrainian".
Work in Ukraine:
According to the rules, only your Ukrainian employer may apply and get a work permit to employ you in Ukraine. If your employer has such a work permit, you can further apply for a "D" long term UA visa and than for a residence permit. A copy of the work permit is provided to Ukrainian Embassy and than to the Immigration service as the legal ground of staying in Ukraine.
In this connection, if you are going to work in Ukraine, your employer should apply for a work permit to employ you and, if he gets it, than you would be able to get the residence permit.
If you do not have such a local Ukrainian employer yet, or you plan to work in Ukraine as a "self employed", you will not be able to get a work permit in Ukraine.
There is a possibility to get a temporary residence permit as a volunteer (we have an experience of getting a work permit for a US volunteer in Ukraine), but you need to find a Ukrainian organization, which has (or wishes to have) the official status of volunteer organization and wants to attract you as its volunteer in Ukraine.
If you do not have an employer or a volunteering organization in Ukraine, which may accept you, than you can create your own employer - this would be your own Ukrainian company, which would "employ" you. There is no "obligation" for this company to have any business activity (if you do not plan it). You can use it only for being your employer here for temporary residence purposes.
Other alternatives are:
Marriage a Ukrainian woman here (you would get initially a temporary residence permit for 2 years) and if the marriage lasts for more than 2 years, you would have the right to get a permanent residence permit.
Investment of $100 000 into the economy of Ukraine - you can buy shares of some Ukrainian business or invest in your company (put the money as a Charter Capital) and than spend it for the needs of the company.
There are some other (more exotic) ways to get a residence permit, like being a journalist or a spouse of foreign national who works in Ukraine, or being a member of religious mission, or working in the staff of representative company or a foreign bank in Ukraine. We can discuss these ways in case you feel like you would use them.
Please, contact One Stop Ukraine for more information on the ways of getting a work permit or residency in Ukraine. Just send us your e-mail to email@example.com or call or WhatsApp to +38 050 462-43-60 to get a free initial consultation on your personal immigration or business issue in Ukraine.
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