UK Visa Requirements and Concessions for Ukrainian Nationals 2022

This provides an overview of UK Visas for Ukrainian Citizens and Passport Holders after Russian Invasion of Ukraine in Feb 2022. To facilitate Ukranian nationals, the UK Government (Home Office) has devised Ukraine Scheme (Family, Sponsorship, and Extension). Moreover, the British Government has granted certain concessions to Ukrainians, who are in the UK on visitor, student, skilled worker, HGV driver, and Seasonal Worker visa. Ukrainian nationals can also apply for UK visit, work, join family, or study visa in the normal way. There is no application cost for Ukraine Scheme; however, if Ukrainian applies in normal way, then they need to pay the regular UK visa fees.

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1. UK Visa Concessions for Ukrainian Citizens 2022

After Russian invasion of Ukraine in Feb 2022, the UK Government has devised several concessions for Ukrainians, such as:

  1. Ukraine Schemes
  2. Concessions for Applications by Family Members under Appendix FM
  3. Concessions for Switching to Study and Work Route inside the UK
  4. Document Flexibility Concession
  5. Waiver of TB Certificate Requirements
  6. Enabling UK Immigration: ID Check App for Ukraine Scheme Applications
  7. Permission to enter the UK on Travel Letter (without visa)
  8. 24/7 Help Line
  9. Prioritizing and Expediting Application Processing

If you need to travel to the UK urgently

If you need to travel to the UK urgently for compassionate reasons you should apply for a visa in the usual way at the nearest VAC if you can travel safely and include clear compelling or compassionate reasons for your visit in your application. You should also tell staff at the VAC about these reasons during your appointment.

UK visa support for Ukrainian nationals

1. Ukraine Scheme

To facilitate Ukranian nationals, the UK Government (Home Office) has devised 3 new routes for those affected by the conflict in Ukraine – the Ukraine Family Scheme, the Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme, and the Ukraine Extension Scheme, with the following Salient Features:

  • No Application Fee i.e. applications under Ukraine Scheme are free of cost
  • No immigration health surcharge or biometric enrolment fee
  • UKVI (Home Office) to decide applications as quickly as possible
  • Ukrainian Migrants under Ukraine Scheme can live, work and study in the UK for up to 3 years
  • Access to public funds

The Ukraine Scheme will be included in the immigration rules under Appendix Ukraine. Until the immigration rules come into force, the scheme will run as a concession and applicants will be considered for a grant of leave outside the rules

Ukraine Scheme

As of 19 May 2022, 128,100 Ukrainians have applied for Ukraine Family Scheme (43,700) and Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (84,400) and the UK Government (Home Office/UKVI) have granted 107,400 visas.

Total Ukraine Scheme visas issued to people: 107,400

Data is as of 17 May 2022 and comprised of:

Ukraine Family Scheme visas: 38,700
Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme visas: 68,700

Total arrivals of visa-holders in the UK: 53,800

Data is as of 16 May 2022 and comprised of:

arrivals via Ukraine Family Scheme: 20,800
arrivals via Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme: 33,000

Ukraine Family Scheme and Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine) visa data

2. Switching to Family Routes

The UK Government has provided temporary relief to Ukrainian nationals seeking to stay in the UK under the family Immigration Rules as they may face challenges if they are required to return to Ukraine to make an out of country application for entry clearance. This concession is intended to facilitate those who have come for a visit or on a temporary route but who meet the requirements of the family Rules to continue their stay in the UK, including on routes to settlement where those requirements are met, and where UKVI are satisfied that it would not be appropriate to require them to return to Ukraine.

Therefore, Ukrainians on a temporary permission such as visitor visa can switch to Family life with a partner, Family Life as a parent, or Adult Dependent Relative route under Appendix FM of Immigration Rules. Ukrainian can avail waiver of TB Test and concession on document flexibility as applicant may be unable to provide the full range of documents. However, they need to meet the requirements of route for the grant of permission.

To be eligible to be considered under this concession an applicant must be a Ukrainian national seeking leave to remain under Appendix FM or Part 7 or 8 of the Immigration Rules

Concession to the Immigration Rules for Ukrainian nationals on family routes

3. Switching to Study or Work Routes

The UK Government has provided several concessions to Ukrainian nationals, who either had entered the UK prior to 24 February 2022 or had made an entry clearance application prior to that date and subsequently arrive in the UK using that entry clearance. Ukrainian can avail waiver of TB Test and concession on document flexibility as applicant may be unable to provide the full range of documents. However, they need to meet the requirements of route for the grant of permission.

Available Switching Routes

Ukrainian nationals in the UK on a Visitor Visa, Temporary Work, T5 (Temporary Worker), Representative of an Overseas Business, Intra-Company routes, UK Ancestry (and if applying on this route, the Ukrainian national or family member must also hold Commonwealth citizenship), Short-term Student, Parent of a Child Student, Overseas Domestic Worker, Domestic Worker in a Private Household, Domestic Worker who is a Victim of Modern Slavery may switch to:.

  • Skilled Worker (includes Health and Care Visa)
  • Global Talent
  • Student
  • Child Student
  • Parent of a Child Student
  • Intra-company Routes
  • Representative of an Overseas Business
  • T2 Minister of Religion
  • International Sportsperson
  • Temporary Work – Creative Worker, Charity Worker, Religious Worker, Government Authorised Exchange, International Agreement
  • UK Ancestry (if the main applicant also holds Commonwealth citizenship)
  • Investor – This route is no longer open for new initial applications (including no switching into this route, even as part of this concession). However, applicants seeking to extend their leave within this route may be eligible)
  • Start-up
  • Innovator

This concession is intended to facilitate those who have come for a visit or on a temporary route but who meet the requirements of the work and study routes to continue their stay in the UK, including on routes to settlement where those requirements are met, and where UKVI are satisfied that it would not be appropriate to require them to return to Ukraine.

Ukrainian nationals on work and study routes: concessions to the Immigration Rules

4. Document Flexibility

Due to the current situation in Ukraine, Ukrainian nationals may not be able to provide the full range of documents required under the route under which they are applying for a UK visa. If so, Ukrainians need to explain why they cannot provide a normally required document when they make their UK visa application. Ukrainians can do this by drafting a letter setting out their reasons and using the document upload function when completing their UK visa application.

Please note, the Immigration Officer may not require detailed evidence as to why a document is not available. In most instances, the Immigration Officer may be satisfied with a reasonable written explanation provided with the UK visa application as to why the document cannot be obtained. For instance:

  • it is not possible to obtain a document from an institution as it is not functioning or is not offering its full range of services due to current circumstances in Ukraine
  • the applicant cannot obtain the document in person as it is unreasonable to expect the applicant to travel to the location in Ukraine to obtain the document
  • it is unreasonable to expect someone else in Ukraine to obtain the document (on the applicant’s behalf) due to current circumstances in Ukraine

Waiver by Home Office

Therefore, if a Ukrainian national satisfies the Home Office that due to the situation in Ukraine they cannot obtain a document for UK visa application from Ukraine, then Home Office may waive the document requirement. Please note, Home Office considers applications on a case by case basis, taking into account all of the circumstances. For example, if an applicant would meet the 12-month financial requirement under the relevant routes they will not need to submit evidence in any case. Otherwise, the decision maker must be satisfied that the requirement would likely be met if documents could be provided were it not for the circumstances.

5. Waiver of Tuberculosis (TB) Testing

The UK Government has temporarily waived the requirements for a TB test certificate, in paragraph A39 of the immigration rules. Please note, TB test facilities in Kyiv are closed. Therefore, screening for TB cannot take place and applicants cannot obtain the relevant certificate.

6. UK Immigration: ID Check App

Ukrainians need to confirm their identity as part of Ukraine Scheme applications. The quickest way to do this is by using the UK Immigration: ID Check app to scan their passport and take their photo. However, to use the app, Ukrainians need to:

  • have a valid Ukrainian international passport
  • use an iPhone 7 or newer model, or an Android phone that can make contactless payments
  • be able to receive a decision letter by email – this can be applicant’s own email address or someone else’s

If an applicant can provide details and a scanned copy of their valid international Ukrainian passport, then they do not need to book or attend a biometric appointment before their arrival in the UK. However, if the applicant is not a Ukrainian citizen, or cannot provide details and a scanned copy of their international Ukrainian passport, then they will need to attend an application centre to provide biometrics (fingerprints and facial photograph) as part of Ukraine Scheme application.

Please note, the UK Visa Application Centre in Ukraine has been closed. Therefore, if required, Ukrainians can use any available (and nearest) UK visa centre for application processing.

7. Permission to Travel Letter for Ukrainians

If a Ukrainian national with a valid international passport applies for entry clearance under the Ukraine Family Scheme or Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme, from outside the UK, then in certain circumstances the applicant can travel to the UK on a “permission to travel” letter issued prior to entry to the UK, before providing biometrics and before the entry clearance application is decided. The Permission to Travel is proof that a Ukrainian national can travel to the UK.

Ukrainian nationals need to present ‘permission to travel’ letter issued by the Home Office on arrival. In most instances the UK Border Force may grant the person leave to enter for 6 months on Code 1A (permission to work, study and access public funds). However, the Immigration Office will advise them to apply to vary their application in country using the light touch form. If Ukrainians have used UK Immigration: ID Check app for entry clearance application, then do not need to apply to vary their application.

Completing your Ukraine Scheme application when you applied outside the UK and were allowed to travel to UK

Complete your Ukraine Scheme Status in the UK

8. Prioritizing and Expediting Application Processing

The aim of UKVI (Home Office) is to decide (process) applications under Ukraine Scheme as quickly as possible. UKVI is processing applications under Ukraine Scheme in date order from when the Ukrainian nationals uploaded their documents, or after appointment at a visa application centre. To expedite the UK visa processing time for applications under Ukraine Schem, UKVI is working 7 days a week. However, UKVI may take some time before issuing a decision. Once UKVI decides then contacts the applicant accordingly. Please note, in a few instances Ukrainians need to wait up to 3 weeks for processing of their applications due to heavy workload of Ukraine Scheme Applications.

Welcome

If you have just arrived in the UK, the Home Office is pleased to extend the very warmest welcome to you and any family members who have travelled with you.

The UK stands shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine, and both the Ukraine Family Scheme and the Homes for Ukraine scheme have been established to provide you and your family with certainty about your status in the UK.

What you need to do next depends on how you applied to our schemes. Please consider the situation that applies to you and your family and follow the guidance.

Immigration information for Ukrainians: next steps after arriving in the UK

9. 24/7 Help Line

From outside the UK, if Ukrainians need any assistance, then may contact Home Office (UKVI) 24/7 free helpline +44 808 164 8810 for help with any questions about the Ukraine Scheme, Permission to Travel Letter, and any other visa application. If applicants cannot contact UK 0808 numbers, then need to use +44 (0)175 390 7510.

From inside the UK, if Ukrainians need any assistance, then may contact Home Office (UKVI) 24/7 free helpline 0808 164 8810 for help with any questions about the Ukraine Scheme, Switching Concession applications etc.

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    2. Ukraine Family Scheme

    Ukrainian nationals, who have been living in Ukraine immediately before 1 January 2022, can apply for UK entry clearance visa under the Ukraine Family Scheme if they are a family member of a UK-based sponsor who is a British citizen, person settled in the UK, refugee, person with humanitarian protection, or EEA or Swiss citizen with pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (where based on residence in the UK before the end of the transition period).

    Eligible Family Members

    Family members eligible for UK visa under  Ukraine Family Scheme are immediate family members {such as a partner, child under 18, parent of a child aged under 18, fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner), and extended family members (EFM) (such as parent, grandparent, grandchild, adult child, sibling, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, and cousin) of the UK-based sponsor or their partner and the immediate family members of extended family members (EFM) of the UK-based sponsor or their partner.

    Family members of a UK-based sponsor who are not Ukrainian nationals may also qualify under the Ukraine Family Scheme so long as at least one member of the UK- based sponsor’s immediate family is a Ukrainian national.

    The Ukraine Family Scheme allows applicants to join family members, or extend their stay, in the UK.

    Apply for a Ukraine Family Scheme visa

    3. Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme

    Ukrainian nationals and their family members can apply for UK entry clearance visa under the Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme if they have an Approved UK sponsor who will provide accommodation for at least 6 months. Accordingly, to be eligible for the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme the applicant needs to be Ukrainian, or the immediate family member of a Ukrainian national, and either 18 or older on the date of application or under 18 years old and applying with your parent or legal guardian, or to join them in the UK and must also:

    • have been residing in Ukraine on or immediately before 1 January 2022 (including those who have now left Ukraine)
    • be outside of the UK
    • have an eligible UK-based sponsor

    The Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme allows Ukrainian nationals and their family members to come to the UK if they have a named sponsor who can provide accommodation for a minimum of 6 months.

    Apply for a visa under the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine)

    Eligibility of Sponsor under Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme

    To meet the eligibility requirements under Home for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme, a UK Sponsor needs to:

    1. Be based in the UK
    2. Have at least 6 months permission to be in the UK
    3. Provide one of the approved identity documents such as UK Passport, Irish Passport or Passport Card, Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), Refugee Travel Document, UK -issued photo driving licence etc.
    4. Confirm they can provide accommodation for a period of at least six months in the UK
    5. Ensure that all adults (18 years and over) in the sponsor household meet suitability requirements

    If you want to offer a home to people fleeing Ukraine, you can become a ‘sponsor’ as part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

    Homes for Ukraine: record your interest

    When will sponsors and Ukrainians be able to apply for the sponsorship scheme?

    The scheme opened on 18 March for visa applications from Ukrainian applicants who have named people in the UK willing to sponsor them. Either the Ukrainian or the sponsor can complete the application. One application is required per individual coming to the UK.

    Visas are already being issued.

    Homes for Ukraine scheme: frequently asked questions

    4. Ukraine Extension Scheme

    Ukrainian, or the family member of someone who is Ukrainian can apply for Ukraine Extension Scheme visa to live, work and study in the UK if they are in the UK with immigration permission on 18 March 2022 or if their last permission ended after 1 January 2022.  A person who has immigration permission as a partner or child of a Ukrainian national who qualifies under the Ukraine Extension Scheme, who is not themselves a Ukrainian national, can also qualify under the Ukraine Extension Scheme.

    A Ukraine Extension Scheme visa allows you live, work and study in the UK if you’re Ukrainian, or the family member of someone who is Ukrainian. You can apply to this scheme if you hold any valid UK visa or held one that expired on or after 1 January 2022.

    Apply to stay in the UK under the Ukraine Extension Scheme

    Does Ukraine Extension Scheme Leads to Settlement (ILR) in UK?

    No, the Ukraine Extension Scheme does not lead to settlement – indefinite leave to remain (ILR) – in the UK. Therefore, Ukrainians will not be able to count any time they spend in the UK under Ukraine Extension Scheme as part of an indefinite leave to remain (ILR) application in the UK. Accordingly, Ukrainians may need to consider whether they want to keep their current visa or switch to the Ukraine Extension Scheme.

    Ukraine Family, Sponsorship, Extension Scheme

    5. UK Visitor Visas for Ukrainian Citizens 2022

    Before the Russian invasion in Feb 2022, the most popular visa for visiting UK from Ukraine has been the standard visitor visa. Depending on the purpose of visiting the UK, Ukrainian Citizens can apply for other types of visitor visas such as short term English Language, marriage, medical, permitted paid engagement etc.

    After the Russian invasion, the UK Government has granted temporary concession to Ukrainian citizens in the UK on a visitor visa. Accordingly, Ukrainians in the UK on a visitor visa can switch into a points-based route or a family visa route without having to leave the UK. However, Ukrainians need to meet the requirements of the relevant family or work route and pay the associated application fees.

    How Ukrainian Can Get UK Visitor Visa?

    To get a visa for visiting UK from Ukraine, it is important to fill the online visa application form completely and correctly and provide the required supporting documents for visitor visa UK. A Ukrainian can provide sponsor’s supporting document for UK visa. However, if a Ukrainian provides false or forged supporting documents then may get a 10 Year Deception Ban under General Grounds for UK Visa Refusal.

    The UK visa refusal rate for Ukrainian is 30-40%. The most common reasons for UK visitor or tourist visa rejection from Ukraine are doubtful intentions and large unexplained transactions in the bank statement.

    A Ukrainian visiting the UK is not allowed to do work. Ukrainian travelling on a visitor visa needs to abide the conditions of stay in the UK If the Home Office finds a visiting Ukrainian breaching their conditions of stay then may cancel the visitor visa with a re-entry ban.

    A Ukrainian can reapply for UK visitor visa after refusal or file a Judicial Refusal against the UK visa rejection. There is no right of appeal or administrative review against UK visitor visa denial. However, if a Ukrainian has applied for UK visa on human rights grounds, then can file an appeal against the refusal decision.

    UK Standard Visitor Visa for Ukrainian Citizens 2022

    Ukrainian nationals can apply for UK standard visitor visa for tourism (holidays), visiting family, or business meetings. Accordingly, Ukrainian citizens can apply for a short term (6 months) or a long term (2, 5 and 10 years) standard visitor visa. The UK multiple entry visa rules are same for all types of standard visitor or tourist visa. Therefore, Ukrainian nationals on standard visitor or tourist visa can stay in the UK up to 180 days per visit.

    The UK standard visitor visa processing time is usually within 3-weeks. However, at present, due to ongoing Ukraine crisis the UK standard visitor visa processing time is 6-week. The UK priority tourist or visitor visa processing time is normally within 5 working days. At present, UKVI has suspended the priority service due to Ukraine crisis.

    How much does a visiting visa cost from Ukraine to UK?

    From April 6, 2022, UK visa fees for 6 months tourist or visitor are £100, which is commonly known as cost of England or London visa. Frequent travellers from Ukraine to UK can apply for a long-term visitor visa for tourism, visiting family, and permitted business activities. The UK visa fees for long term 2, 5, and 10 years tourist or visitor visa application are £376, £670, and £837, respectively.

    How much is the child visitor visa fees from Ukraine to UK?

    UK visa fees 2022 for 6 months, 2, 5, and 10 years child visitor are £100, £376, £670, and £837, respectively. Infants and children under 5 years of age are not exempt from UK visa application fee payment.

    UK Priority Visitor Visas for Ukrainian Citizens

    At present, UKVI has suspended the priority service due to Ukraine crisis.

    Ukrainian nationals can use Priority (Non-Settlement), Priority (Settlement), and Super-Priority Service to fast track UK visa application.

    If the focus is to get the decision as quickly as possible, then Ukrainian nationals can use the UK priority visa service. The priority service is an optional user-pay service, which are exclusive to the application fee. The priority service enables fast tracking of UK visa processing time by putting an application at the front of the queue. The priority service is for fast tracking a straightforward visa application. A straightforward UK visa application means that the credentials of the applicant are immaculate, without any past refusals and adverse immigration history.

    Please note priority or super-priority service does not guarantee a favourable result. Moreover, payment for priority service does not even guarantee a quick decision.

    How much is UK Priority Visa Fees 2022?

    From April 6, 2022, the UK priority settlement (spouse) and non-settlement (visit, student, work) visa fees for Ukrainian nationals are £573 and £250, respectively. The cost of UK super-priority visa for tourists and visitors is £956.

    How much is the UK Priority visitor visa fees 2022?

    For fast tracking UK tourist and visit visa within 5 working days, the cost of priority service is £250. Therefore, the UK priority visa fees 2022 for Ukrainian citizens for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years tourist or visitor applications are £350, £626, £920, and £1,087, respectively.

    How much does UK super priority visa cost 2022?

    The cost of UK super priority service is £956 for tourist or visitor visa. Accordingly, UK super-priority 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years visitor or tourist visa fees 2022 for Ukrainian nationals are £1,056, £1,332, £1,626, and £1,793, respectively.

    Applying for UK Marriage Visitor Visa 2022

    Ukrainian nationals need to apply for a marriage visitor visa if they are travelling to the UK for getting married, forming a civil partnership, or giving a notice of marriage or civil partnership. The UK marriage visitor visa fees 2022 for Ukrainian nationals are £100. Ukrainian citizens can stay in the UK up to 180 days on a marriage visitor visa.

    The UK marriage visitor visa processing time is usually 15 working days.

    Applying for Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa

    Ukrainian citizens need to apply for a medical visitor visa if they are travelling to the UK for getting private medical treatment and check-up for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months. The UK Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa Fees 2022 for Ukrainian nationals are £200. Ukrainian nationals can stay in the UK up to 11 months on private medical treatment visa.

    Please note, there is no provision in the Immigration Rules for a family member, friend, or nurse to accompany a visitor, who is coming to the UK for private medical treatment. Therefore, any attendant needs to apply as a visitor and satisfy the requirements.

    The UK medical visitor visa processing time is usually 15 working days.

    Applying for Visiting Academic Visitor Visa UK

    For research and formal exchange arrangements, Ukrainian nationals can apply for academic visitor visa UK up to 12 months. The UK Academic Visitor Visa Cost 2022 for Ukrainian nationals are £200. A Ukrainian academic (and the accompanying partner or child) can stay in the UK up to 12 months on academic visitor visa.

    The UK Visiting Academic visitor visa processing time is usually 15 working days.

    Applying for Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor Visa

    The Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor Visa is for experts in their field coming to the UK to undertake specific paid engagements up to one month. Accordingly, as per Appendix 3 of Appendix V of the Immigration Rules, Ukrainian professionals such as visiting examiners, assessors, lecturers, designated air pilot examiners, qualified lawyers, artists, entertainers, and sportspersons can apply for Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor Visa UK up to 30 days.

    The UK Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor Visa Fees 2022 for Ukrainian nationals are £100.

    The permitted paid engagement visitor visa processing time is usually 15 working days.

    Approved Destination Scheme (ADS)

    The ADS visa is only for Chinese nationals for visiting the UK in tour groups through authorized agents. Therefore, Ukrainian citizens cannot apply for ADS visa. However, Chinese citizens can apply for ADS visa up to 30 days- only if they are travelling to the UK in tour groups through authorized agents. ADS visa charges are £100.

    Applying for Parent of a Child Student Visa

    Ukrainian citizens can apply for a Parent of Child Student Visa up to 12 months if their child is attending an independent fee-paying day school in the UK. Parent of Tier 4 Child Student Visa Cost for Ukrainian nationals is £531.

    The parent of Tier 4 child student visa processing time is usually 15 working days.

    6. UK Transit Visas for Ukrainian Citizens

    The transit visa is for those Ukrainian nationals who intend to transit the UK on route to another country outside the Common Travel Area (CTA) and who will enter the UK for up to 48 hours by crossing the UK border unless Appendix Visitor: Transit Without Visa Scheme applies.

    UK Transit Visa Fees 2022 for Ukrainian Nationals

    From April 6, 2022, the cost of Direct Airside Transit (DATV) Visa UK for Ukrainian citizens is £35. However, the UK visa fees 2022 for ‘Visitor in Transit’ and for ‘Joining a Ship or Aircraft as a Member of Crew of that Ship or Aircraft’ are £64.

    Please note Ukrainian citizens having a valid standard, marriage, or medical visitor visa are allowed to transit the UK, therefore, such passengers do not need to apply for the transit visa.

    The UK transit visa processing time is 15 working days.

    7. UK Study Visas for Ukrainian Nationals

    For studying in the UK, Ukrainian citizens need to apply for the student visa, which has replaced the Tier 4 (General) Student as of October 5, 2020. Accordingly, the student route is for Ukrainian nationals to study with a sponsor on a course of further or higher education, a pre-sessional English course, a recognised foundation programme or to take an elected post as a Student Union Sabbatical Officer. If a Ukrainian citizen intends to study a short term English Language course up to 11 months in the UK, then can do so on a visiting visa.

    UK student visa processing time is usually within 2-3 weeks (10-15 working days). The UK student priority visa timelines time is normally within 5 working days.

    A Ukrainian citizen who is in the UK on a student visa can apply to extend their immigration permission or switch to a Graduate visa if they meet the Immigration Rules. They can benefit from a document flexibility concession.

    English Language Student Visa for Ukrainian Nationals

    If Ukrainian nationals intend to study English language in the UK for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months at an accredited institution, then needs to apply for Short-term Student (English language). However, if a Ukrainian citizen intends to study a course for 6 months or less without a student sponsor but with an accredited provider then can apply under Appendix V for Visitor.

    UK Short-term (English Language) student visitor visa fees 2022 for Ukrainian nationals for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months are £200.

    The UK Short-term (English Language) student visitor visa processing time is usually within 15 working days.

    UK Student Visa Fee 2022 for Ukrainian Nationals

    The UK student visa fees 2022 for Ukrainian citizens are £363 to study in London or elsewhere in England or Britain. Moreover, the UK student visa fees 2022 for dependants of Ukrainian students are also £363.

    UK priority and super-priority student (Tier 4) visa fees 2022 for Ukrainian nationals are £613 and £1,319, respectively.

    How much is IHS for UK student visa?

    The Immigration Health Charge (aka Immigration Health Surcharge or IHS) for student visa is usually @ £624 per year for each year of stay in the UK.

    How much is IHS for student dependent?

    The IHS for student dependent visa is usually @ £624 per year for each year of stay in the UK.

    Does UK Student Visa Allow Ukrainian Nationals to Work?

    Yes, if a Ukrainian citizen is studying a degree level or below level course in the UK then can work. Moreover, a Ukrainian student on a Work Placement, Student Union Sabbatical Officer and postgraduate doctor or dentist on a recognised foundation programme can also work in the UK. However, a Child Student under 16 years old cannot work at all during their time in the UK. A Child Student who is aged 16 or above, is allowed to work.

    How Many Hours Can Ukrainian Citizens Work on a Student Visa in the UK?

    A Ukrainian studying a degree level and a below degree level course on the student visa in the UK can work for 20 hours and 10 hours per week during term-time, respectively.

    Can Ukrainian Nationals Work More than 20 Hours on a Student Visa in UK?

    During the semester, Ukrainian students in the UK, pursuing a degree level or below degree level course can work for 20 hours and 10 hours, respectively. However, during the semester break and before the start of the course, a degree level or below degree level Ukrainian student can work full time in the UK.

    Can a Ukrainian Spouse Work on Student Dependent Visa in UK?

    A dependent spouse of a Ukrainian student studying below degree level course cannot work in the UK. However, a dependent spouse of a Ukrainian student studying degree level course can work (including self-employment and voluntary work) in the UK.

    Does UK Give Post Study Work Visa to Ukrainian Nationals?

    Yes, under the New Graduate route a Ukrainian student, who has completed bachelor’s degree or above in the UK, can apply for 2-Year post study work visa. However, if a Ukrainian national has completed a PhD in the UK, then can get 3-Year post study work visa.

    8. UK Family Visas for Ukrainian Citizens

    The family route is for those Ukrainians who can apply for a UK visa because of their relationship to a person settled in the UK or a British citizen. This includes spouse settlement visa, adult dependant relative, parent of a British Child visa etc.

    The UK Government has provided temporary relief to Ukrainian nationals seeking to stay in the UK under the family Immigration Rules as they may face challenges if they are required to return to Ukraine to make an out of country application for entry clearance.

    UK Spouse Visas for Ukrainian Citizens 2022

    In terms of Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, Ukrainian Nationals can apply for a UK spouse or partner visa under the 5-year route. If Ukrainian Citizens meet the UK spouse visa requirements under the 5-year route, then get an entry clearance as a spouse, civil, unmarried, same-sex partner for an initial period of 33 months with a condition of no recourse to public funds. After 30 months Ukrainian Citizens need to make spouse visa extension application for a further leave to remain in the UK.

    ILR in the UK for Ukrainian Nationals under the Partner Visa Route

    Ukrainian Nationals may qualify for indefinite leave to remain (settlement) after completing 60 months (5 years) in the UK on spouse visa. The ILR under the 5-year spouse visa route is for those who meet all the suitability and eligibility requirements of the Immigration Rules at every stage. If a Ukrainian spouse or partner fails to meet the financial, English language or lawful immigration status requirements then cannot apply for settlement under the 5-year route. However, if exceptional circumstances under Appendix FM apply then a Ukrainian National may be considered for settlement under the 10-year route.

    How much is the Spouse Visa Fees 2022 for Ukrainians?

    UK spouse visa fees 2022 for Ukrainian nationals are £1,538. The UK embassy visa fees are same for civil, unmarried, or same-sex partner. UK settlement priority service cost is £573 for fast tracking applications within thirty working days. Accordingly, the UK priority spouse visa fees 2022 for Ukrainian nationals are £2,111.

    The service standard of UK spouse visa processing time after biometrics is to decide 98.5% and 100% applications within 12 and 24 weeks, respectively. Moreover, the service standard for UK spouse priority visa timelines is 30 working days or 6 weeks.

    UK Fiancé(e) Visas for Ukrainian Nationals in 2022

    Ukrainian Citizens can apply for fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner visa if the purpose is getting married or entering a civil partnership in the UK. The duration of fiancé(e) visa is six (6) months. After the marriage or civil partnership in the UK, Ukrainian Nationals can apply for leave to remain as a spouse or civil partner.

    How much is the UK Fiancé(e) Visa Fees 2022 for Ukrainians?

    UK fiancé(e) visa fees 2022 for Ukrainian nationals are £1,538. The UK priority fiancé(e) visa fees 2022 are £2,111.

    Applying for Parent of a British Child Visa

    Ukrainian Nationals can apply for Parent of a British Child Visa if they have the sole responsibility for or direct access to the child following the breakdown of their relationship with the child’s other parent. UK visa cost 2022 for Parent of British Child and dependant child under the family route are £1,538.

    Applying for Adult Dependant Relative Visa

    Ukrainian Citizens can apply for Adult Dependant Relative Visa if they are elderly parents (or other adult dependent relatives such as brothers, sisters etc) and need long-term personal care due to illness, age or disability and the UK sponsor is their only relative, who can provide such long-term personal care without recourse to public funds.

    The UK Adult Dependant Relative visa fees 2022 for Ukrainian citizens are £3,250.

    Dep. joining or accompanying

    The ‘joining or accompanying’ route is for those Ukrainian Nationals who are applying for visa based on their relationship to another migrant who is not settled in the UK or a British citizen, and who is on a route without a specific visa for dependants.

    The UK spouse or partner visa fees 2022 for Ukrainian nationals under Dependant Joining or Accompanying route are £1,538.

    Returning Residents

    A Ukrainian Citizen may be able to live permanently in the UK as a ‘returning resident’ if they were previously settled in the UK. From April 6, 2022, the UK visa application cost for Returning residents is £531.

    EEA Family Permit

    Due to Brexit, the EEA family permit route under EEA Regulations 2016 has ended on June 30, 2021.

    EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit

    In terms of Appendix EU (Family Permit), Ukrainian Citizens can apply for EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) Family Permit as a non-EEA family member such as spouse, civil partner, child, child above 21 years of age, and parent of an EEA national living in the UK.

    There are no application charges for EUSS Family Permit for Ukrainian nationals. The EUSS application processing time is 10-15 working days.

    Route to Settlement – Refugee Dependant Relative

    The UK visa fees 2022 for Route to Settlement (refugee dependant relative) are £372.

    Appendix ECAA Extension of Stay

    There are no application charges for Dependent children under the age of 21 only applying under “Appendix ECAA Extension of Stay”.

    Settlement for current and former members of HM armed forces, and their dependants

    UK settlement visa fees 2022 for current and former members of HM armed forces, and their dependants are as under:

    • Former UK Armed Forces – £1,538
    • Indefinite leave to enter the UK as the dependant of a member of the armed forces under Appendix Armed Forces to the Immigration Rules – £2,404
    • Pre 1997 Gurkhas (outside immigration rules) – £1,538
    • Overage dependant children of pre 1997 Gurkhas – £1,538
    • HM Forces dependants applying under part 4,5,7 or 8 of Appendix Armed Forces – £1,538

    Family Reunion to Join Asylum Seekers

    There are no application fees for Family reunion, under Part 11 of Asylum, Immigration Rules (pre-flight dependants). The UK visa fees 2022 for post-flight dependants are £1,538. The application fees for Family reunion (other dependent relatives) are £372.

    9. UK Work Visas for Ukrainian Nationals

    Ukrainian Nationals can apply for UK work visa. The most popular visa for working in the UK is the Skilled Worker (previously Tier 2 General). However, Ukrainian Citizens can apply for other types of UK work visa such as Innovator, Startup, Global Talent, Health and Care Worker etc.

    In terms of Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC 1118 dated 15 March 2022, Home Office has introduced three New Points-Based routes viz. the Global Business Mobility, High Potential Individual, and the Scale-up Visa UK.

    After the Russian invasion, the UK Government has granted temporary concession to Ukrainian citizens in the UK on a visitor visa. Accordingly, Ukrainians in the UK on a visitor visa can switch into a points-based route without having to leave the UK. However, Ukrainians need to meet the requirements of the relevant work route and pay the associated application fees.

    How can a Ukrainian get a UK job visa?

    The most popular route for getting a job in the UK is the Skilled Worker Visa. Therefore, if a Ukrainian National is sponsored to do a specific skilled job for a Home Office licensed sponsor, then can apply for the Skilled Worker Visa UK. The Skilled Worker visa has replaced the Tier 2 General (aka work permit) in 2020. However, unlike Tier 2 General, this new route for skilled workers can lead to permanent settlement (ILR) in the UK.

    On 4 August 2020, the British Government had launched the Health and Care Visa for qualified Ukrainian doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who have been trained to a recognised standard and who have good working English. Although, the Health and Care visa forms part of the Skilled Worker route; however, there are a few differences between skilled worker and health and care visa UK.

    UK Global Talent Visa Fees 2022 for Ukrainian Nationals

    A Ukrainian National can apply for a UK Global Talent visa if they are a leader or potential leader in academia or research, arts and culture, and digital technology. The Global Talent visa has replaced the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa. The UK Global Talent Visa Fees 2022 for Ukrainian citizens are as under:

    • Approval Letter from a competent body in respect of an initial application – £456
    • Main Applicant – where Approval Letter is required – £167
    • Main Applicant – where Approval Letter is not required – £623
    • Dependants – £623

    UK Start-up Visa Fees 2022 for Ukrainian Nationals

    If a Ukrainian Citizen intends to set up an innovative business for the first time in the UK, then can apply for the Start-up visa. The Start-up visa has replaced the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur route in March 2019. The UK Start-up Visa Fees are £378 for main applicant and dependants.

    UK Innovator Visa Fees 2022 for Ukrainian Citizens

    If a Ukrainian National intends to do innovative, viable, and scalable business in the UK then can apply for the Innovator visa. The Innovator visa has replaced the Tier 1 Entrepreneur route in March 2019. The UK Innovator Visa Fees are £1,036 for main applicant and dependants.

    UK Investor Visa Fees 2022 for Ukrainian Nationals

    The Investor visa is for high value Ukrainian Nationals, who intend to make an investment in the UK. Innovator visa has replaced the Tier 1 Investor. The UK Investor Visa Fees are £1,638 for main applicant and dependants.

    UK Skilled Worker Visas for Ukrainian Citizens 2022

    If a Ukrainian Citizen is sponsored to do a specific skilled job for a Home Office licensed sponsor, then can apply for UK Skilled Worker visa. The Skilled Worker visa has replaced the Tier 2 General (aka work permit) in 2020. However, unlike Tier 2 General, this new route for skilled workers can lead to permanent settlement (ILR) in the UK.

    A Ukrainian citizen with a Skilled Worker visa that is due to expire can apply to extend their leave or settle in the UK as normal and can benefit from a document flexibility concession.

    How much is UK Skilled Worker Visa Fees 2022?

    The UK Skilled Worker visa fees depends on the duration of the Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) for main applicant and dependants. If the COS has been issued for three years or less, then the UK Skilled Worker Visa Fees are £625. However, if the COS has been issued for three years or more then the UK Skilled Worker Visa Fees are £1,235.

    How much is Skilled Worker (Shortage Occupation) Visa Fees

    The UK Skilled Worker Shortage Occupation visa fees depends on the duration of the Certificate of Sponsorship (COS). If the COS has been issued for three years or less, then the UK Skilled Worker Shortage Occupation Visa Fees for Ukrainian nationals are £479. However, if the COS has been issued for three years or more then the UK Skilled Worker Shortage Occupation Visa Fees are £943.

    UK Health and Care Visas for Ukrainian Nationals 2022

    If a Ukrainian Citizen is sponsored to work in the UK as a qualified doctor, nurse, or allied health professional for a Home Office licensed sponsor, then can apply for Health and Care Visa. This Health and Care visa route for skilled workers can lead to permanent settlement (ILR) in the UK.

    How much is UK Health and Care Visa Fees 2022?

    The UK Health and Care visa fees depends on the duration of the Certificate of Sponsorship (COS). If the COS has been issued for three years or less, then the UK Health and Care Visa Fees 2022 are £247. However, if the COS has been issued for three years or more then the UK Health and Care Visa Fees are £479.

    UK Global Business Mobility Visa for Ukrainian Nationals 2022

    The New Global Business Mobility Visa route consists of several new sponsored categories for businesses that are intending to establish presence in the UK, transfer overseas staff, or come to the United Kingdom for a specific business purpose. The five sub-categories to Global Business Mobility Visa UK are:

    1. Senior or Specialist Worker
    2. Graduate Trainee
    3. UK Expansion Worker
    4. Service Supplier
    5. Secondment Worker

    How a Ukrainian Can Get Global Business Mobility Visa UK?

    A Ukrainian can get the Global Business Mobility visa if the UK employer sponsor the worker to come to the UK for specific job. The Global Business Mobility visa is points based. Accordingly, a Ukrainian need to score 40 to 60 points depending on the sub-category of Global Business Mobility Visa UK.

    Does Global Business Mobility Visa lead to ILR?

    No, all five sub-categories of Global Business Mobility Visa do not lead to settlement (indefinite leave to remain- ILR) in the UK.

    Senior or Specialist Worker

    From April 11, 2022, Global Mobility Business Senior or Specialist Worker Visa UK will replace the Intra-company Transfer route. This route is for senior managers or specialist employees who are assigned to a UK business which is linked by common ownership to the overseas employing company.

    The UK Global Business Mobility Senior or Specialist Worker Visa Fees depends on the duration of application. If the application is for three years or less, then the UK Global Business Mobility Senior or Specialist Worker Visa Fees are £625. However, if the application is for three years or more then the UK Global Business Mobility Senior or Specialist Worker Visa Fees for Ukrainian citizens are £1,235.

    Graduate Trainee

    From April 11, 2022, the Global Business Mobility Graduate Trainee Visa UK will replace the Intra-Company Graduate Trainee route. This route is workers on a graduate training course which leads to a senior management or specialist position and who are required to undertake a work placement in the UK.

    The Global Business Mobility Graduate Trainee Visa Fees in 2022 for Ukrainian nationals are £259.

    UK Expansion Worker

    From April 11, 2022, the Global Business Mobility UK Expansion Worker Visa will replace the Sole Representative of an Overseas Business route. However, the Sole Representative visa will remain open for Media Representatives and those already on Sole Representative visa extending or applying for ILR in the UK. The UK Expansion Worker Visa is for specialist or senior employees who are assigned to the UK to assist with the overseas business’s expansion to the UK.

    The Global Business Mobility UK Expansion Worker Visa Fees 2022 for Ukrainian citizens are £259.

    Service Supplier

    From April 11, 2022, the Global Business Mobility Service Supplier Visa UK will replace contractual service providers and independent professional persons in the T5 Temporary Worker – International Agreement route. The Global Business Mobility Service Supplier Visa is for overseas workers coming to the UK to provide a service that is in line with a UK trade commitment.

    The UK Global Business Mobility Service Supplier Visa Fees in 2022 for Ukrainian citizens are £259.

    Secondment Worker

    The UK Global Business Mobility Secondment Worker Visa is new route. The Secondment Worker route will be available from April 11, 2022, to Ukrainian workers who are seconded to the UK as part of a high value contract or investment by their employer overseas.

    The UK Global Business Mobility Secondment Worker Visa Fees 2022 for Ukrainian nationals are £259.

    High Potential Individual Visa UK for Ukrainian Citizens

    In terms of Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC 1118 dated 15 March 2022, Home Office has introduced High Potential Individual Visa UK. Ukrainians will be able to apply for High Potential Individual Visa UK from May 30, 2022. The New High Potential Individual Visa UK Fees in 2022 are £259.

    High Potential Individual Visa UK Requirements for Ukrainians

    The High Potential Individual Visa UK is for Ukrainian graduates from the top-50 Universities across the world who wish to come to the UK to undertake full-time employment or self-employment work or seek employment opportunities. Ukrainians must have been awarded within the last 5 years a bachelor’s or postgraduate degree qualification from one of the top global universities (non-UK) which is published in the Home Office’s ‘Global Universities List’.

    Ukrainians having a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree will get a 2-year non-extendable High Potential Individual Visa UK. Ukrainians having a PhD qualification can get a 3-year High Potential Visa. Ukrainians need to meet the English language and financial requirements for scoring 70 points. High Potential Individual Visa route does not lead to settlement (indefinite leave to remain – ILR) but a Ukrainian can switch to other routes in the UK.

    Scale-up Visa UK 2022 for Ukrainian Nationals

    In terms of Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC 1118 dated 15 March 2022, Home Office has introduced Scale-up Visa UK. Ukrainians will be able to apply for Scale-up Visa UK from Aug 22, 2022. The New Scale-up Visa UK Fees in 2022 for Ukrainian citizens are £625.

    Scale-up Visa UK Requirements for Ukrainians

    The Scale-up visa is those Ukrainians who have a sponsored job offer from an authorised UK scale-up company to qualify for a ‘fast-track visa’. To register for this route, a company will need to demonstrate they have an annualised growth of at least 20% for the previous 3-year period in terms of turnover or staffing and have a minimum of 10 employees at the start of the 3-year period. The job offer must be skilled at RQF Level 6 or equivalent (graduate level) – higher than the current threshold for Skilled Worker applications which is set at RQF Level 3. The UK Scale-up Visa minimum salary requirements for Ukrainians are at least £33,000 per year or the going rate for the occupation. Ukrainians will initially get a Scale-up Visa for 2-years – the first six months of which they need to work for the sponsor. Ukrainians may be eligible to extend the Scaleup visa in the UK for up to 3 years. A Ukrainian migrant in the UK on a Scale-up visa can apply for settlement (indefinite leave to remain – ILR) after a period of 5 years.

    T2 Sportsperson

    The T2 Sportsperson route is for an elite Ukrainian sportsperson or coach whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of sport at the highest level in the UK. The T2 Sportsperson visa has replaced the Tier 2 Sportsperson route.

    T2 Sportsperson visa fees depends on the duration of the Certificate of Sponsorship (COS). If the COS has been issued for up to 12 months, then the UK T2 Sportsperson Visa Fees 2022 for Ukrainian nationals are £259. However, if the COS has been issued for more than 12 months then the UK T2 Sportsperson Visa Fees are £625.

    T2 Minister of Religion

    The T2 Minister of Religion route is for those Ukrainian Citizens who intend to undertake preaching and pastoral work, Missionary, or Member of a Religious Order in the UK. The T2 Minister of Religion visa has replaced the Tier 2 Minister of Religion route.

    UK T2 Minister of Religion visa fees 2022 for Ukrainian nationals are £625.

    UK T5 (Temporary Worker) Visas for Ukrainian Citizens 2022

    T5 (Temporary Worker) Visa is for Seasonal Worker, Religious Worker, Charity Worker, Creative and Sporting Worker, Government Authorised Exchange Worker, and Youth Mobility Scheme. The T5 (Temporary Worker) Visa has replaced the Tier 5 Temporary Worker route. T5 (Temporary Worker) Visa Fees 2022 for Ukrainian nationals are £259 for main applicant and dependants.

    Other UK Work Visas for Ukrainian Citizens 2022

    The UK visa fees 2022 for other types of work applications are:

    • Graduate Entrepreneur – dependants only £378
    • Tier 1 Exceptional Talent – dependants only £623
    • Offshore worker – £531
    • Overseas domestic worker in a private household – £531
    • Representative of overseas business and dependants – £625
    • An employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation – £625
    • Sheep Shearer – £531
    • UK Ancestry Visa – £531

    10. Other UK Visas and Services for Ukrainian Citizens

    The UK Visa Fees 2022 for Other Visas and Services are as under:

    • Hong Kong British National (Overseas) for 30 months – £180
    • Hong Kong British National (Overseas) for 5 years – £250
    • Right of abode – certificate of entitlement – £372
    • Vignette transfer (transfer of a valid visa vignette to a new passport or replace a lost/stolen document) – £154
    • Single entry visa to replace a biometric residence permit – £154
    • Registered Traveller (UK only) – adult – £50
    • Registered Traveller (UK only) – child – £24
    • Registration of New documents – Registered Traveller (UK only) – £20
    • Receiving/handling/ forwarding applications on behalf of Commonwealth Countries/Overseas Territories – £141
    • Dependants of exempt international forces applying under Part 10 of Appendix Armed Forces – £531

    UK Visas for Ukrainian Citizens: Application Fees Exemptions 2022

    Following types of applicants are exempt from paying UK visa application fees:

    • Ukraine Scheme
    • FCO Strategic performance fund and bilateral projects
    • HM Forces personnel or Member of foreign armed force – exempt from immigration control
    • Diplomatic Posting to the UK
    • Diplomatic Posting to the UK (Dependant)
    • Members of International Organisations on Official Visits
    • Official Transit through the UK
    • Official Visit to the UK