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Navigating Your Return to Ukraine

Explore your rights when returning to Ukraine from the EU, and learn how it impacts your temporary protection and bank accounts. Get practical advice here.


Rights and Practical Guidance When Returning Home to Ukraine | Casa Ucrania Foundation  Explore your rights when returning to Ukraine from the EU, and learn how it impacts your temporary protection and bank accounts. Get practical advice here.
Rights and Practical Guidance When Returning Home to Ukraine - Casa Ucrania Foundation.

As you prepare for your return to Ukraine, whether it's a temporary visit or a permanent move, several crucial considerations demand your attention. One of the key concerns is how your return affects your rights within the European Union. Additionally, you might have practical questions about your bank accounts opened in your host country. On this page, we'd like to provide information that will help you address these pressing issues.


Returning Temporarily:


Maintaining Your EU Rights. If you are registered for temporary protection in the EU but plan a brief return to Ukraine, you might wonder if this could jeopardize your EU rights. It's essential to know that the Temporary Protection Directive offers provisions for voluntary trips to Ukraine, allowing for measures after your temporary protection period concludes. A short visit, for reasons such as family visits, collecting documents, or assisting family members, will not affect your temporary protection status. EU countries should not consider a short trip to Ukraine as a voluntary decision to return before the temporary protection period ends. Therefore, your residence permit and the associated rights should remain intact.


Moving Back to Ukraine:


Returning Home. If you currently hold temporary protection status in the EU and intend to return to Ukraine, it's crucial to notify the authorities in your host country about your plans. Should you decide to return to the European Union before the emergency ends, you will regain your entitlement to temporary protection. We recommend contacting the authorities in your host Member State to gain detailed information about the notification process, the consequences of failing to notify, and the safeguards available to temporary protection beneficiaries.


Bank Accounts:


Managing Your Finances. Another common concern involves your bank accounts. If you decide to return to Ukraine and your temporary protection registration becomes 'inactive,' you may wonder about the status of your bank accounts. The good news is that your bank accounts should remain open as long as your residence permit is valid, even if it becomes inactive due to your choice to stay in Ukraine for an extended period.


Navigating the intricacies of returning home can be complex, but being informed about your rights and practical matters is essential. By understanding how your temporary protection is affected and knowing that your bank accounts should remain accessible, you can make a smoother transition back to Ukraine.


We're here to support you every step of the way. Learn More.


For more detailed information, please visit the official website of the European Union.


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