In order to ensure national security, the strengthening of control over entry into Ukraine, the departure of foreigners and stateless persons from Ukraine, their compliance with the rules of stay in Ukrainian territory, the NSDC instructed the Cabinet of Ministers, within a month's time, to implement comprehensive measures with the participation of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine to tighten control over entry into Ukraine, the departure of foreigners from Ukraine, including citizens of the Russian Federation, and stateless persons, their compliance with the rules of stay in Ukraine.
The government was also instructed to take measures to improve the legislation on the procedure for registration of residence/stay of foreigners in the territory of Ukraine, including Russian citizens, and stateless persons who come from migration risk countries or enter Ukraine from the territory of such states.
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The government should also within two months work out a mechanism and phases of the introduction of preliminary electronic notification by foreigners and stateless persons about their plans to enter Ukraine; entry into Ukraine and departure from Ukraine by foreigners, including citizens of the Russian Federation, with the use of biometric passports.
The decree set the three-month deadline for taking measures in accordance with established procedures and to ensure the functioning of centers for the provision of administrative services in the vicinity of the entry/exit checkpoints.
In addition, the government must ensure the launch of the national system of biometric verification and identification of Ukrainian citizens, foreigners and stateless persons from January 1, 2018, resolving the issue of the necessary resource support for fixing biometric data of foreigners, including citizens of the Russian Federation, and stateless persons amid border control at the checkpoints across the state border of Ukraine and entry/exit control points.