Ukraine – Areas of work

The Government ‘Homes for Ukraine Scheme’ introduced on 14 March 2022 has details of how sponsors can find more information from the home page and go on to register their interest as well as access the frequently asked questions.

The UK Government announced some changes to the current Ukraine Schemes on 19th February 2024, as follows:

  1. Ukraine Permission Extension (UPE) Scheme – new scheme which will allow Ukrainian citizens currently enjoying visa under any of the three Ukraine Schemes to extend their stay by 18 months. Ukrainians will be able to apply for UPE three months before the expiry of their existing visa.
  2. Homes for Ukraine Scheme Changes:
    1. New visas issued under the scheme will be 18 months rather than 36 – this is to align them together with UPE.
    2. Change to sponsor requirements – Sponsors for new applications must now be settled themselves in UK – This means people that are British, Irish or hold indefinite leave to remain.
    3. Re-introduction of Part 9 of the Immigration Rules (Grounds for refusal) to Ukraine Schemes.
    4. Tariff for new arrivals stays the same at £5,900 per person.
    5. The “thank you payments” will continue for the duration of the guests HFU visa permission.
  3. Ukraine Family Scheme – this scheme will now be closed. All outstanding applications will still be process but there won’t be any new applications allowed.
  4. Ukraine Extension Scheme – this scheme will continue to operate until 16 May 2024, where thereafter it will be only used for parents of Ukrainian children born in UK to regularise and align their child’s immigration status.

If anyone wishes to have more detail behind the rationale of these changes, there is more information as follows:

STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN IMMIGRATION RULES (publishing.service.gov.uk) (Page 6 and 7)

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM TO THE STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN IMMIGRATION RULES (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Regulatory Triage Assessment (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Finally, all the UK Gov guidance pages have now been updates to reflect these changes.

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Home OfficeImmigration information for Ukrainians in the UK, British nationals and their family members

Running alongside the Homes for Ukraine Scheme is the Visa Support For Ukrainian Nationals which provides information and guidance for those seeking to apply under the Ukraine Family Visa Scheme

29th March 2022 a written Ministerial Statement by Minister Kevin Foster confirmed the government is now formally bringing the Ukraine Family Scheme, launched on 4 March 2022; the Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme launched on 18 March 2022; and a new Ukraine Extension Scheme, which will launch on 3 May 2022 into the Immigration Rules.

The WMS can be viewed via this link: Written statements – Written questions, answers and statements – UK Parliament


Department for Levelling Up

Homes for Ukraine: Translations added to welcome guide
On 6th April 2022 DLUHC added Ukrainian and Russian translations to the welcome guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK.

The welcome guide includes information on what Ukrainians need to know in the first few days, getting used to life in the UK including how to find a home, access essential public services, healthcare, find work and childcare and education services. It also includes specific information for those arriving on the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

Councils, sponsors and Ukrainians should continue to check the Homes for Ukraine campaign page and frequently asked questions document for further updates.

Key Information

Department for Work and Pensions:

Work and Pensions Secretary Topical Statement: Homes for Ukraine Immediate benefit support for those fleeing the invasion in Ukraine

Statistics

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently released Use of Census 2021 preliminary counts in England and Wales to support and inform the response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine . For the South East we have compiled an information dashboard which can be accessed via the button below

View Our Data Dashboard

Local Government Association Information

The Home Office published it’s ‘Home for Ukraine: guidance for councils‘ on Friday 18th March 2022.

The ‘Welcome Guide‘ was published on 30th March 2022.

The LGA provides a range of information and updates for English councils; Ukraine: LGA position and statements

Homes for Ukraine: Lessons Learned – The LGA provides information and best practice to support councils in their efforts to ensure accommodation for Ukrainians arriving in Britain is of a suitable standard and that their guests are safe.

The LGA also provides a Knowledge Hub Group on Homes for Ukraine for councils to log into.


More Information – Reference to above Location

The Migration Observatory has recently published information on Migration and the Ukraine Crisis

British-Ukrainian AID British-Ukrainian Aid supports people suffering from the war and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine by aligning UK and Ukrainian efforts. They offer assistance to vulnerable individuals who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged, including the injured and wounded, orphaned children, the elderly, internally displaced persons and families who have lost their main earners.

Fundraiser for Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain – This campaign is being organised by a community partnership of Ukrainian churches and organisations in Great Britain. Working with accredited and registered Ukrainian charities to provide medicines, food and critical services to support the most vulnerable to overcome the consequences and trauma of war


Red Cross – Help for Ukrainian nationals in the UK. The British Red Cross supports people from Ukraine who are in the UK. The information on this page will help you and your family to find out about services and support and that might be available.

Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal | Disasters Emergency Committee The DEC is made up of 15 member charities who are experts in humanitarian aid and specialise in different areas of disaster response. DEC charities are in Ukraine and neighbouring countries meeting the needs of all refugees and displaced people.

RESET Communities and Refugees have recently published the first of their toolkits for sponsors and those approaching the programme. We understand there is more to follow, including e-learning. RESET inform us they are are also making matches between potential sponsors and those who wish to come to the UK on their portal

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