Ukraine Family Scheme and Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine)

If you're Ukrainian and you have family in the UK

Ukraine Family Scheme – the Ukraine Family Scheme allows family members of British nationals, UK settled persons, and certain others to come to or stay in the UK. This scheme closed at 3pm on 19th February 2024.There is no longer the eligibility to apply for this scheme.

If you're Ukrainian and you don't have family in the UK

Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine)the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme allows Ukrainian nationals and their family members to come to the UK if they have a named sponsor under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme.

Both schemes will allow Ukrainians to live, work and study in the UK and access public funds

If you're Ukrainian and are already in the UK

Ukrainians already in the UK with a visa will be able to extend their stay by extending their visa or switching to another immigration route, where eligible, even if their visa does not normally allow them to do so.

Ukraine Permission Extension Scheme

If you have been given permission to be in the UK under one of the Ukraine schemes, you may be able to apply for a further 18 months permission to stay in the UK under the new Ukraine Permission Extension Scheme. You'll be able to apply 3 months before your existing visa is due to expire. Further information will be provided by the Home Office shortly.

Free Immigration Advice for those fleeing the Ukraine

A group of volunteer legal professionals is providing a free service to connect Ukrainian citizens (and others fleeing Ukraine) with free legal advice on UK immigration, visas and asylum from qualified and regulated lawyers.

Researchers at Risk Fellowship Programme

The Researchers at Risk Fellowship Fellowship Programme will support Ukrainian researchers fleeing the conflict, as well as those already in the UK who are unable to return home.

Process and further information

Full detailed guidance on the Ukraine sponsorship routes can be found on the Home Office pages.

The Staff Immigration Team are happy to answer any queries.


February 2024