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Mar 13, 2022 - UK households offered £350 a month for hosting refugees

Households in the UK will be offered £350 a month to open their homes to people fleeing the war in Ukraine.

The government's "Homes for Ukraine" scheme calls on people to offer a spare room or an empty property to a refugee for a period of at least six months.

Announcing the new scheme  urged people to join the "national effort" and give a safe home to those in need.

Individuals acting as sponsors will be able to nominate a named Ukrainian individual or family to stay with them rent-free in their home, or in a separate property, for six months.

Sponsors won't be required to know them in advanc...

Mar 11, 2022 - Ukraine Family Scheme – now available to apply from inside the UK

It is now possible to apply for a family visa under the Ukraine Family Scheme from inside the UK.

For that you must apply online for the Ukraine Family Scheme by the following link: https://apply.visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/product/ukraine-scheme?_ga=2.174465826.184449414.1646645704-199880377.1626361932.

You will then book and attend an appointment at UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point located in the UK.

You will need to give your fingerprints and a photograph (biometric information) at a UKVCAS service point - this is to get a biometric residence permit.

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Mar 10, 2022 - Digital visas for Ukrainians begin from 15 March

Home Secretary Priti Patel has promised a streamlined online visa application system for Ukrainians seeking to flee the war with Russia in response to criticism of her approach to the crisis.

She told MPs the changes will come in from next Tuesday, 15 March, following assurances from the security services that the UK can still be protected from Russian efforts to infiltrate the country by posing as Ukrainian refugees.

In particular, Ukrainian nationals with a passport or ID card will be able to apply for a visa entirely virtually, without having to visit a visa application centre outside the U...

Mar 08, 2022 - Important update to the Ukraine Family Scheme

The new amendments come into force from today, 08 March, regarding what family members fall under the category of "Extended family members of the UK-based family member" to be able to apply under the Ukraine Family Scheme.

In particular, now an extended family member can be one of the following:

  • parent (if you are over 18)
  • child who is over 18
  • grandparent
  • grandchild or your partner’s grandchild
  • brother or sister
  • aunt or uncle
  • niece or nephew
  • cousin
  • mother-in-law or father-in-law
  • grandparent-in-law
  • brother or sister-in-law

Mar 07, 2022 - Closure of UK Visa Application Centre in Lviv

From today and until further notice, the temporary Visa Application Centre in Lviv (Ukraine) has been suspended.

Ukraine Family Scheme visa applicants should now make their applications and submit biometrics at any UK Visa Application Centre in Poland or other countries, neighbouring Ukraine.

Mar 03, 2022 - TB testing requirements for applicants from Ukraine cancelled

The requirements  for  a  TB  test  certificate for applicants from Ukraine have  been temporarily  waived.  

TB  test  facilities  in Kyiv, which was the only approved location in Ukraine,  are  closed  and screening for TB  cannot  reasonably  take  place  and  the relevant  certificate cannot  be reasonably obtained.

Applicants from Ukraine do not have to take a TB test in any other countries neighboring with Ukraine.

However, those nationals of Ukraine who permanently reside in another third country, for whose nationals TB test screening requirements are mandatory, must still take the test...

Mar 03, 2022 - New relaxation of requirements for those from Ukraine

Starting from today and until further notice, those starting journey in Ukraine and towards the United Kingdom no longer need to: 

- complete a passenger locator form and 

- take a COVID-19 test before travel to the UK or book a PCR test to take on arrival in the UK.

Such measures are in force until further notice.

Mar 03, 2022 - Announcement of the Home Office regarding issuing visas to Russian nationals

As was announced earlier by the Home Office Secretary Priti Patel on the situation in Ukraine, the UK government will bring forward amendments to visa penalty measures in the Nationality and Borders Bill, so that the Home Office can slow down and effectively stop the processing of UK visa applications submitted by nationals of Russia or any state that poses a threat to the national security or the interests of the UK allies across the world.

No more details are available as of now and we hope to receive more news on this matter in due course.

Mar 03, 2022 - Ukraine Family Scheme

The government has decided to immediately close the Ukraine Family Scheme program for new visa applications.

This change will take effect from 19 February 2024.

Exceptions:

  • People who already have a permit to enter or stay under this scheme will continue to use this permit, despite the closure of the scheme for new applicants.
  • All applications under this scheme received before the closure of the scheme will be considered in accordance with the rules in force the day before the rules change.

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Mar 02, 2022 - British nationals and people settled in the UK will be able to bring extended family members to the UK and sponsored humanitarian visa route will be established

Thousands more Ukrainians will be welcomed to the UK as the Government continues its support for Ukraine in their fight against the Russian invasion.

The Prime Minister announced on 01 March an expansion to our Ukrainian Humanitarian Route, which will increase the number of people from Ukraine who are eligible to come to the UK to be reunited with their families.

As well as immediate family members, British nationals and people of any nationality settled in the UK will now be supported to bring parents, grandparents, adult children and siblings to the UK.

Normal requirements for salary or lang...