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The Ukraine Family Scheme Visa

Under the Ukraine Family Scheme, Ukrainians (and their family members) are able to join family members in the UK. The Ukraine Family Scheme will allow Ukraine nationals to live, work, study, and access public funds in the UK. It is free to apply to this scheme and successful applicants will be able to stay in the UK for up to 3 years.

Below is a summary of the scheme’s eligibility requirements:

  • Individuals must be applying to join a UK-based relative (an immediate or extended family member) and you must be able to prove your relationship.
  • Applicants must be a Ukrainian or the immediate family member of someone applying to the Ukraine Family Scheme.
  • Applicants must have been living in Ukraine prior to 1 January 2022.
  • The relative in the UK must either be a British national, someone with settled status or pre-settled in the UK, or someone who has been granted refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK.

 

The Ukraine Family Scheme: FAQs

What is an immediate family member?

Under this scheme, the government classifies an immediate family member as being:

  • A spouse or civil partner.
  • An unmarried partner (under this definition you must have been cohabiting with one another as part of a relationship for at least two years).
  • A child who is aged under 18 years old.
  • A parent (if you are under 18 years old).
  • A fiance or proposed civil partner.

 

What is an extended family member?

  • As part of the Ukraine Family Scheme, an extended family is considered to be one of the following:
  • A parent (if you are under 18 years old).
  • A child who is aged over 18 years old.
  • A grandparent.
  • A grandchild, or a step-grandchild.
  • A sibling.
  • A aunt or uncle.
  • A niece or nephew.
  • A cousin.
  • An in-law.

 

I am an immediate family member of an extended family member, can I apply?

Yes, under the Ukraine Family Scheme, individuals who are an immediate family member of an extended family member can apply. The below are also eligible to apply for this visa:

  • A spouse or civil partner of an extended family member.
  • A child aged under 18 years old of an extended family member.
  • A parent of a child aged under 18 years old who is an extended family member.
  • A fiance or proposed civil partner of an extended family member.

 

The route is available to other family members under exceptional services.

 

Do I have to attend a Visa Application Centre as part of the Ukraine Family Scheme Visa?

No, applicants applying for the Ukraine Family Scheme Visa are not required to attend a Visa Application Centre (VAC). Instead, Ukrainian refugees who have passports or ID cards are able to apply for this visa completely online.

 

How long can I stay in the UK under the Ukraine Family Scheme Visa?

Successful applicants of the Ukraine Family Scheme are able to stay in the UK for up to 3 years. During their duration, Ukrainians are able to work, live, study, and access public funds.

 

How much does it cost to apply for the Ukraine Family Scheme?

It is free to apply to the Ukraine Family Scheme. Applicants will also not be required to pay the immigration health surcharge or the biometric enrolment fee.

 

To find out more, or to make an application then head over to the official site.