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EU parliament approved EU visa waiver for Ukrainians

EU parliament approved EU visa waiver for UkrainiansThe European Parliament on Thursday gives its final approval to a visa waiver for Ukrainian citizens travelling to the EU.

MEPs voted 521 in favour for visa-free movement with Ukraine.

The measure, likely to come into effect in June, will give holders of biometric passports the right to travel for up to three months without needing a visa.

The new measure will not give Ukrainians the automatic right to work in the EU. It will apply to all member states except the UK and Ireland.

It follows the approval of new EU emergency powers to suspend visa-free travel rights last December.

The new powers allow either the Commission or a majority of EU states to suspend a countrys visa exemptions if there is a large increase in asylum requests.
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