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Dmytro Hryhorovych was born back in 1951 in the city of Makiivka, which is currently in a Non-Government Controlled Area in Ukraine.  During the Soviet era, the man lived in different parts of the former Soviet Union, including Georgia.

In 1980, Dmytro Hryhorovych received a passport of a citizen of the former USSR.  However, this passport was lost in the 90s. It was not possible to restore it because the Soviet Union collapsed and the former Soviet republics became independent nations with their own migration structures.

Despite the fact that Mr. Dmytro lived in Ukraine, wherever he tried to apply, he was denied both the passport and citizenship. He was required to provide the original of the lost passport, which he had received in Georgia, as well as the court decisions confirming permanent residence in Ukraine in 1991. And an infinite number of other certificates…

Several lawsuits dragged on for years… Dmytro Hryhorovych continued to receive refusals from the Migration Service to issue a passport with different explanations.

The man turned to the Charitable Fund “Right to Protection” (R2P) for help. Our specialists took immediate measures to help Mr. Dmytro to obtain a passport. Multiple documents were received from the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, the courts, and the State Migration Service of Ukraine (SMSU), and as result, the new birth certificate was obtained.

It took our colleagues almost a year to help Dmytro Hryhorovych and to fulfill all the requirements of the SMSU. But the result was totally worth it – Dmytro Hryhorovych finally received his long-awaited passport as a citizen of Ukraine. He was 70 at the time!

First passport at the age of 70 years old. Story of Dmytro Історія Дмитра Григоровича. Отримав перший паспорт у 70 років 2

Now a man can implement everything he was always dreaming about – to work officially and be insured, to have the right to a pension and medical care, to be useful to society, and to help people.

UNHCR Ukraine