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Winter Holidays Season is full of miracles! And sometimes, the specialists of the CF “Right to Protection” (R2P) become the ones who make it happen. One of such miracles is the story we will tell you today. It is the story of Borys, who received his first passport as a citizen of Ukraine at the age of 25.

Without family and documents

Borys was born and raised in Crimea, Ukraine. When the boy was 16 years old, his parents decided to live apart. As a result, the father and son (Borys) moved to the Poltava region to work and live. The father planned to document his son with a Ukrainian passport for the first time.

However, it happened so that at the end of April 2013, the father suddenly died, leaving the boy without documents and the opportunity to return to his mother, sister, and brother in Crimea.

Now Borys was on his own with all the life problems. He repeatedly applied to the State Migration Service to obtain a passport of a citizen of Ukraine, but he was denied admission, citing the fact that it is extremely difficult to establish his identity because he spent all his life in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the temporarily occupied territory. The State Migration Service of Ukraine demanded the presence of the mother, who flatly refused to come. And there were also some questions about his citizenship…

The New Life

During this time, the boy grew up, moved to Kharkiv, where he found a job, fell in love, and began to live as a married person with his beloved girl (ed. note – unofficially, civil marriage, since he had no documents). Borys decided to apply to the State Migration Service again. The Kholodnohirsky branch of the State Migration Service in Kharkiv recommended Borys to apply to the Charitable Fund “Right to Protection” (R2P).

After a long conversation with a beneficiary, the lawyer of the Fund made several inquiries, prepared all the necessary documents. Together with Borys our colleague found and prepared witnesses for the identification procedure, identified the possibility, and jointly with Maria Kovalenko, the Acting Head of the Kholodnohirsky Department of the State Migration Service of Ukraine (SMSU) in Kharkiv, confirmed that Borys belonged to Ukraine.

Now we just have to wait for the approval of the Head Departments of the SMSU in the Kharkiv region.

Passport: the best New Year gift

Meanwhile, Borys became a father of a son! But he dreamed of being a father not just biologically, but officially, according to the law.

And then – a miracle happened: a few days after the birth of the baby Borys received his first passport! His dream became real.

Новорічне диво для Бориса: отримати паспорт та офіційно стати батьком

Congratulating the young man on such a significant and pleasant change in his life, Oksana Zhelanova, a lawyer at the R2P, explained where and how young parents can register their son’s birth and how Borys can be registered as a child’s father since he is now a citizen of Ukraine.

The next day, Borys happily told that the couple successfully registered the birth of a son and received a birth certificate.

The CF “Right to Protection” (R2P) wishes the young family health, wealth, and happiness. And to all of us we wish to believe in miracles – they actually happen!

At the same time, we express our sincere gratitude to the staff of the Kholodnohirsky Department of the State Migration Service of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region for indifference and constant readiness to help people. We also thank the leadership of the SMSU in the Kharkiv region for their high competence and wise personnel policy.