Yuriy turned to the Uzhgorod Community Law Center: he, as a citizen of Ukraine, traveled to Hungary and became a resident there. However, when he crossed the Ukrainian border, an officer requested his Ukrainian passport and did not return it to Yuri. He was left with only his international ID.
Yuriy was also the owner of a house in Ukraine he was willing to sell. But to sell it, he needed his Ukrainian passport in order to open a bank account and sign requested papers. When he wanted to sold his house, bank officers asked for his identity papers and refused to accept his international ID. Yuriy presented the only document he had, but for the notary and the bank workers it was not enough.
Yuriy heard from his friends about the Community Law Center in Uzhgorod. So he decided to ask for help. Mykola Yatskov, Community Law Center lawyer, provided him with information about international ID and explained what he could do. Mykola also prepared a note with all legal articles and references.
The lawyer stressed that, accordingly to the Regulation #492 of the National Bank of Ukraine approved on 12 November 2003, the document required to open a bank account for residents of another country is their international ID. As for the notary, it is also important to know that the Law of Ukraine “On the notarial work” article 43 explains that international ID can be used as identification paper on the same level as internal passport.
Uzhgorod Community Law Center helped Yuriy to open a bank account and to sell his house. When he turned to his bank and to the notary armed with legal information, he was no longer fooled by unlawful requests.
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