We support calls for the UK government to provide a more open and flexible immigration and visa offering for Ukrainian nationals, residents and their family members affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The UK government is providing some concessions to its usual immigration and visa regime but, in our opinion, far too many bureaucratic hurdles remain in place.
The government’s latest general position on immigration concessions can be found here.
- information on the Ukraine Family Scheme visa is here
- information on the Homes for Ukraine (sponsor scheme) is here
Our article here covers information on the Home Office’s position in relation to business, work and study routes.
We can expect the government to continue to update its approach as the situation develops so please ensure you read this information regularly to keep up to date.
Free Movement is providing up to date detailed commentary and analysis on the latest immigration, visa and asylum developments. It also helped with the set up of a free immigration advice service on the UK’s immigration and visa regime for Ukrainian nationals, residents and their family members, now operated by another organisation. Advice is provided by specialist immigration experts who have volunteered their time, including members of our own team. This service can be accessed here.
For our own contacts, we have opened a helpdesk to provide urgent legal guidance as needed. This may be for them, their families or their workers/students. In order that we can triage enquiries based on urgency, if you need assistance please email our helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details and a brief outline of the situation. One of our solicitors will then make contact with you.
This article was originally posted on 28 February 2022 and has been updated to reflect changes in policy.