Ukrainian Schemes

Ukraine Family Scheme

The Ukraine Family Scheme allowed British nationals and people settled in the UK to bring a wider group of family members to the UK, extending eligibility to adult parents, grandparents, children over 18, siblings, and their immediate family members. Those on the Family Scheme were granted leave of three years, recipients of this visa have access to public funds and are able to live, work or study in the UK.

The Ukraine Family Scheme closed to new applications at 3pm on 19 February 2024. You can no longer apply under this scheme. Updated information on the Ukraine Family Scheme can be found below.


Homes for Ukraine Scheme

The Homes for Ukraine Scheme enables individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation to Ukrainians and their immediate family members for a minimum for six months. This scheme grants leave for current HfU guests of up to three years, with access to public funds and services. However, any individuals submitting applications after 3pm on the 19th February will be granted 18 months leave to remain in the UK, instead of 36 months, with the option of extension within the new UPE.

UK residents taking part in this scheme will receive monthly payments of £350 per residential address for at least six months. FAQs can be found here for the scheme. For those with questions about the scheme please contact: homesforukraine@levellingup.gov.uk.

Both hosts and sponsored family will receive checks from the Home Office – as detailed in the guidance and local councils will be asked to undertake further checks of both the persons sponsoring and the accommodation made available; to check in on those families arriving and provide support as appropriate. Please note, as of 19 February 2024, all new Homes for Ukraine sponsors must now be a UK or Irish citizen or have settled status in the UK.

DLUHC has advised Leaders of Local Authorities they will receive funding of £10,500 per person in their LA area, with an additional top-up for child education, to enable them to provide wider support to families to rebuild their lives and fully integrate into communities and to provide the sponsor with the monthly £350 ‘thank you’ payment and undertake the necessary checks for the scheme mentioned in the ‘Guidance to local councils.’

Click the below button to access the official guidance.


Ukraine Extension Scheme

The Ukraine Extension Scheme allows some Ukrainian nationals and their immediate family members to apply for permission to stay in the UK. You can apply under the Ukraine Extension Scheme until it closes on 16 May 2024 if one of the following is true:

  • you had permission to be in the UK on or between 18 March 2022 and 16 November 2023 – the permission does not need to cover the whole period; or
  • you previously had permission to be in the UK and that permission expired on or after 1 January 2022.

The Ukraine Extension Scheme will remain open after 16 May 2024 for children who are born in the UK. You can apply under the Ukraine Extension Scheme for your child born if they were in the UK after 18 March 2022 if one of the following is true:

  • you have permission to be in the UK under one of the Ukraine Schemes (including the Ukraine Family Scheme)
  • you qualify under the Ukraine Extension Scheme

This route does not require a UK-based sponsor.


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.

This means that the first applications will be open in the beginning of 2025, and those granted the earliest visas from the different Ukraine schemes will be able to stay in the UK until September 2026 with the UPE. Further information on this will be updated shortly.