IT industry requires to simplify the employment of foreigners


The BRDO Head Oleksiy Honcharuk initiated this proposal at the meeting with the Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Hroysman and companies belonging to the Association “IT of Ukraine” to discuss the technology industry development in Ukraine.

” This is important, since now about 120 thousand people with an average salary of $1,700 work in the IT sector. Our goal is to simplify work with foreign citizens, because IT is a global market, therefore, Ukraine should demonstrate its openness. It should be comfortable for IT companies to work with colleagues from other countries. It will work for the Ukrainian economy, and taxes will go to the budget,” the BRDO Head Oleksiy Honcharuk said.

Now the BRDO’s IT and Telecom sector is working to facilitate the employment of foreigners who want to work for the Ukrainian economy, which involves the following steps:

  • obtaining visas D on the territory of Ukraine (the draft Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers has already been developed);
  • cancelling a requirement for foreigners from the CIS countries to leave the territory of Ukraine after obtaining a work permit and before obtaining a residence permit (BRDO experts proposed to make amendments to the draft Procedure for the issuance of temporary residence permits, which is submitted for consideration by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine);
  • making the registration an IE in the IT sector a ground to issue temporary residence permits.

The Prime Minister stressed that the growth of the IT industry by 20% is a positive signal for the competitiveness of Ukraine. There are a number of issues that need to be addressed jointly – deregulation, and training skilled personnel. Volodymyr Hroysman said that Ukraine needed to gain competitive advantages globally. We should grow 1.5 to 2 times more than other countries in the region. The Head of Government said that the economy needed investments. And the state should ensure standing rules.

The BRDO’s IT and Telecom sector has prepared a Green Paper dedicated to the software market. Together we eliminated the barrier – the possibility to register an IE by a foreigner without a residence address (without a “residence registration”).

Today the sector team is working on equally important challenges: in 2016, the National Bank restricted the rights of IEs to transfer currency from an IE account to their own accounts – this is a negative step for the industry, and now we together with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade arrange a meeting with the NBU to remove this barrier.

The meeting was also attended by the of the Cabinet of Ministers Oleksandr Sayenko, the First Deputy Minister of Finance Oksana Markarova, the Head of the State Agency for E-Governance Oleksandr Ryzhenko. The event was organized by the Association “IT of Ukraine”.