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One day, meeting by chance with the procedures of applying for the status of a foreigner in Ukraine, Zlata Okhtemenko became interested in migration law and later even more deeply involved in international labor law matters as a section of international private law. “Practical aspects of this work are not taught in national law universities, but there are many specialized programs on migration law abroad and this law institute is extremely interesting and in demand,” comments the lawyer. Finally, Zlata has received considerable expertise in all matters connected with legalization of foreigners in Ukraine for last 10 years.
“Today, the world is moving to more and more increasing globalization; the freedom of goods, capital and people (labor resources) movement is the basis of modern liberal world order and especially European law values. However, the Ukrainian system of receiving work permits and residence permits is sometimes too complicated and creates many obstacles for foreign employees,” believes Zlata Okhtemenko. “Taking into account the outflow of labor forces abroad, miserable immigration quotas for highly qualified professionals and bureaucratic red tape make Ukraine uncompetitive in the fight for manpower. Implementation of foreign technologies and attraction of foreign investments without qualified foreign professionals is an extremely complex task. At the same time, the world is struggling for labor resources. Poland and Germany actively attract the Ukrainian, including very qualified, manpower”.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian migrants and Diaspora earn more than 100 billion USD abroad per year. And it is only under the most modest calculations, since only in the United States, according to US Census data, natives of Ukraine have earned more than 27 billion USD for the last year. Every year, the Ukrainians save more than 10-12 billion abroad in different forms (without transfers in Ukraine via official and unofficial channels). “Therefore,” says Zlata, “using the best international experience, Ukraine needs to build a motivational ecosystem (deposit, investment, mortgage, insurance services; tax, customs, organizational, mentor programs, etc.) that will be aimed at the attraction of incomes and saves of the Ukrainian migrants.”
“As you can see, it is necessary to consider migration formalities and national labor law in more extensive macroeconomic aspects,” summarizes the specialist.
In addition to migration and labor law, Zlata is actively involved in Private Advocacy practice and it is also connected with her main specialization: “As many people and fates, so many private situations, unique cases, everyone has his own background, special traits of character and vision of future,” notes Zlata, “and our practice “services to private clients” arises at the junction of several branches of law. Often, we have to resolve incredible intricacies, literally creating a tax “center of vital interest” for a client or “economic substance” for business at some point on the globe, to connect the lines on the map, erasing borders in the legal field for companies, assets, people, families”.
Zlata wishes to see the most complete picture of the possible development of a situation before the start of its implementation and, therefore, prefers detailed step-by-step planning and presentation of all possible options to the clients.
She is fond of foreign language learning, practical psychology and Russian billiards.
Life creed: “Right result is the right action in the right place at the right time with the right people”.