Visa Concessions for Ukrainians

Visa Concessions for Ukrainians

The Home Office has introduced a temporary concession for Ukrainians in the UK as visitors, seasonal workers, skilled workers, students, HGV drivers, or pork butchers. There are also new measures to help Ukrainian residents with family ties and those without family ties to migrate to the UK.

Overview of Ukrainian Concessions In The UK

In response to the situation in Ukraine, the Home Office has announced visa concessions to support Ukrainians with valid visas in the UK as well as other measures to assist Ukrainian residents with migrating to the UK.

Ukrainians in the UK with an existing UK visa that will expire soon can have their visas temporarily extended based on the visa’s standard requirements or until 31st December 2022. These concessions are for Ukrainian nationals on a visitor visa, student visa, skilled worker visa, and those in the UK as Seasonal Workers and HGV drivers.

Currently, the visa application centre in Kyiv is closed but the Home Office has agreed to support non-British family members of British citizens who are in Ukraine to migrate to the UK for free and quickly.

The Home Secretary has also announced that a new humanitarian support pathway will be launched to help Ukrainian residents who don’t have family ties in the UK.

Ukrainian residents can still apply for UK visas from neighboring countries.

We are offering free legal advice to all Ukrainian nationals and residents looking to migrate to or extend their stay in the UK, not just those who fall within the concessions.

Migrating to the UK for Ukrainians with family ties

Ukrainian residents who have immediate family members who are a British national that normally lives in Ukraine can currently apply free of charge for a family migration visa at an application centre in Lviv.

Qualifying immediate family members for this route include spouse or civil partners, unmarried partners (together for over 2 years), a parent if you are under the age of 18, your child under the age of 18 or an adult dependent relative who you provide care for.

Usually, there are other certain requirements you must meet under this route, such as the English language requirement or the minimum income requirement, due to the current circumstances in Ukraine the UKVI may be able to grant you permission to enter the UK for 12 months if you are unable to meet all of the requirements.

The Home Secretary has also just launched the Ukraine Family Scheme, which allows both immediate and extended Ukrainian family members of British citizens and people settled in the UK to apply for a UK visa free of charge. Applications for the scheme are now open, for more information on how to apply or to find out if you are eligible get in touch with our lawyers today, we will offer you professional immigration advice free of charge.

Humanitarian Support Pathway

Currently, only Ukrainians with family ties in the UK are eligible to apply for a visa. In response to this, the government has announced that they will be establishing a humanitarian support pathway to create a route for Ukrainian residents who don’t have family ties in the UK to migrate here.

Under the humanitarian sponsorship pathway, Ukrainians without family ties to the UK will be able to match with individuals, charities, businesses, and community groups to get sponsorship for entry to the UK.

Those who immigrate to the UK under the humanitarian support scheme will be given leave to remain in the UK for 12 months, they will also be able to work and access public services in the UK.

The humanitarian support pathway scheme has not yet opened for applications and the Home Office has not announced when the scheme will launch. As soon as the scheme opens, our immigration lawyers will be able to assist with applications.

Ukrainians with a UK Visitor Visa?

Although a UK visitor visa doesn’t usually allow you to switch to another route, you can do so temporarily if you are a Ukrainian national.

If you are in the UK as a visitor and are unable to return to Ukraine, given the deteriorating circumstances, you may be able to switch from your existing visitor visa to a points-based route or family visa route.

The UK points-based system covers all standard UK visas for workers and students. That includes these categories:

  • High-value immigrants, such as investors and entrepreneurs
  • Skilled workers
  • Students
  • Temporary unskilled workers
  • Temporary skilled or Youth mobility workers

If you have a family member in the UK, you may be able to switch to a UK family visa route, such as:

  • Spouse/Civil Partner visa
  • Child Dependent visa
  • Adult Dependent visa
  • Ancestry Visa
  • Fiance visa (includes proposed civil partners)

You must meet the requirements for any visa route you choose, make an application and pay the associated fees.

If you are confused about the route that gives you the best chances of switching your visa, contact us to assess your eligibility and provide advice. We can also help you complete and submit a high-quality application to the Home Office to maximize your chances of success. Please call us today.

Ukrainian Nationals on a UK Student Visa

Ukrainian students in the UK whose UK Student visa is due to expire soon can apply to extend their Student visa or switch to a Graduate visa if they meet the standard requirements for either visa category.

Requirements to extend the UK Student visa

To extend your UK Student visa, you must meet these requirements:

  • Be a Ukrainian national.
  • Be in the UK on a Student visa.
  • Have an unconditional offer of a place on a course proven with your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
  • Be able to show that you had made academic progress since you first obtained your visa.
  • Prove you can support yourself if you have been in the UK for less than 12 months.
Requirements to Switch to the Graduate visa

To switch to the Graduate visa, you must meet these requirements:

  • You are a Ukrainian.
  • You are in the UK on a Student visa.
  • You studied a bachelor’s degree, postgraduate degree, or another eligible course for the minimum time approved on your Student visa in the UK.
  • Your university, college, or institution has told you you’ve successfully completed your course.

Ukrainians on a UK Skilled Worker Visa

Ukrainian nationals on a Skilled Worker visa can remain in the UK if they are approved for extension or settlement. To get either, you must apply to the Home Office to extend your leave or apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.

Extending your Skilled Worker Visa as a Ukrainian

With the temporary concessions, you can extend your Skilled worker visa quickly if you meet these requirements:

  • You are a Ukrainian in the UK on a Skilled Worker visa
  • You have the same job as you did when you were permitted to enter the UK
  • Your job still has the same occupation code as when you entered the UK
  • You are working for the employer that gave you a certificate of sponsorship for your visa

You may need to meet different requirements from those listed above, but that depends on if you have a Skilled Worker visa or Tier 2 (General) work visa and your occupation code.

Applying for Settlement

Settlement is Indefinite Leave to Remain, and it is a step to UK citizenship. In light of the current situation in Ukraine, it will be great if you obtain UK settlement, so you don’t have to worry about leaving the UK if the temporary concessions are lifted at any point.

To apply for UK settlement under the temporary concessions, you must meet the immigration status requirement for Indefinite Leave to Remain. That includes that you must have lived in the UK for about five years, meet the salary requirements, and will be needed for your job after obtaining indefinite leave to remain.

Call us now to begin the process of helping you extend your visa or obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK today.

Visa Concessions for Ukrainians who are Seasonal Workers

Ukrainians in the UK who are seasonal workers, HGV drivers, or pork butchers can avail themselves of the temporary concessions to remain in the UK longer than initially approved if they can extend their visa.

Ukrainians who are Seasonal Workers in the UK

If you have an existing seasonal worker visa and cannot return to Ukraine, the Home Office will extend your visa to 31st December 2022 if you meet the requirement, which is that you must continue working in a job permitted by your visa route and with the same sponsor (Scheme Operator).

Unlike most of the other categories, you don’t need to apply or do anything; UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) will work with your sponsor to process your visa extension. If this temporary concession applies to you, you will receive a notification from the Home Office.

Concessions for HGV Drivers

HGV drivers who cannot return to Ukraine can have their leave in the UK extended to 31st December 2022, but they must continue working in their current occupation and with the same sponsor that got them into the UK.

You don’t need to apply for this extension because UKVI will work with your sponsor to process your extension if you are a Ukrainian national to whom this concession applies. You should get a notification from the Home Office if you qualify.

Concessions for Pork Butchers in the UK

Ukraine citizens in pork butcher jobs can apply for a temporary extension in the seasonal worker route to remain in the UK until 31st December 2022. After applying for the seasonal worker extension, UKVI will liaise with your Immigration Sponsor to process the extension.

Alternatively, you can apply for a Skilled Worker visa if you are eligible. Call us today to review your eligibility, get expert advice on the best route to take, and get assistance in applying for any of the visa routes that are best for you.

Get in touch with our immigration lawyers for assistance with remaining in the UK if you are Ukrainian.

How can We Manage Your Visas help?

At WMYV, we understand that the thought of going back to Ukraine because your visa expired must be very heart-breaking at the moment. This is why we want to help you handle the visa and immigration permission so you can remain in the UK legally with peace of mind.

If you are a Ukrainian national, please contact us for assistance with extending or switching your visa, or advice. We are currently offering free advice sessions to Ukrainian nationals and residents to assist with the current situation. When you contact us, we will review your eligibility for your options which are extending your visa, switching to another route, applying for another visa, or applying for Indefinite Leave to remain. When we have realized the best path forward for your particular circumstances, we will help you complete and submit a high-quality application to the Home Office so you have the best of chances for approval.

We are one of the best teams of immigration advisers, experts, and lawyers in the UK and can assist you each step of the way. At WMYV, we understand the urgent nature of this and will start working immediately on your case. To  get in contact use the contact form above or chat with us using our live chat.

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