Kyiv begins verifying validity of Ukrainian citizenships received after 1991

The Ukrainian State Migration Service has started verification of all persons who received Ukrainian citizenship during Ukraine's independence, said First Deputy Head of the State Migration Service Maxim Sokolyuk, UNIAN reports.

According to Sokolyuk, there are cases when the courts have made decisions on Ukrainian citizenship based on fake certificates of residency in Ukraine that were issued by migration service officials prior to 1991.

"Work has begun on the full verification of the grounds for acquisition of Ukrainian citizenship for all years of independence. Special attention will be paid to those who acquired citizenship based on newly-discovered birth certificates or based on court decisions to verify residency in Ukraine prior to 1991," said Sokolyuk.

Sokolyuk added that a separate problem in the work of his department is that the courts adopt decisions without involving the Migration Service as a third party, despite the fact that the Migration Service is required to perform these procedures. In particular, these decisions relate to the grounds for obtraining Ukrainian citizenship, legalizing illegal migrants, and reinstating employees of the Migration Service previously dismissed for misconduct.

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