How to Apply for the UK Visa under the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme

How to Apply for UK Visa under the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme


UK Visa under the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme: In the wake of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, many Ukrainian citizens have found themselves displaced and in search of refuge and support. For those seeking to escape the turmoil and rebuild their lives, understanding the available visa support options in the United Kingdom (UK) can provide a glimmer of hope. In this blog post, we will explore the various avenues and assistance available to Ukrainian citizens navigating the complexities of UK visa applications amidst challenging circumstances.


The UK Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme

The Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme allows Ukrainian nationals and their family members to come to the UK. Everyone must make a separate application, even children travelling with a family member.

Your sponsor must be either:

Applicants to Scotland and Wales may previously have been considered under the super sponsor schemes, in which the governments of these nations act directly as sponsors. However, these super sponsor schemes are currently paused, so applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the relevant authorities.

It is free to apply.

You will be able to live, work and study in the UK and access public funds.


Eligibility for the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme

To apply to the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme you must be Ukrainian, or the immediate family member of a Ukrainian national who has been granted permission under, or is applying to and qualifies for, the Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme.

You must also:

  • have been living 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, or you can choose the Scottish or Welsh Government as your sponsor


Applicants aged under 18

Children under 18 years old must either:

  • apply with their parent or legal guardian
  • apply to join their parent or legal guardian if they’re already in the UK
  • apply with the consent of their parent or legal guardian to travel to the UK to join an approved sponsor


If the child is applying with their parent or legal guardian, they should travel together.



If the child is applying to join their parent or legal guardian, the parent or legal guardian should either:

  • travel to meet the child before they depart, and then travel together to the UK
  • collect the child from the airport, port, train station or other point of entry into the UK

We advise that children do not travel via Calais, Coquelles or Dunkerque without a parent or legal guardian.



To be eligible, the child must have:

  • proof of consent by their parent or legal guardian notarised or certified by the Guardianship Service of the city or regional council in Ukraine; or, where the child is in another country, notary authorities in that country or by the Ukrainian Embassy or Consulate.
  • proof of consent from their parent or legal guardianship to the sponsorship arrangement
  • a commitment to sponsorship for 3 years or until the child turns 18 (so long as the sponsorship lasts at least 6 months)
  • approval of the sponsorship arrangement by the local council where the child will live.

If the child applied before 10 August 2022, they will have received a letter with instructions on what to do next.

New applications can now be made by children applying who are not travelling with or joining their parent or legal guardian in the UK.


If you’re applying as the immediate family member of a Ukrainian national

An immediate family member is your:

  • spouse or civil partner
  • unmarried partner (you must have been living together in a relationship for at least 2 years)
  • child who is under 18
  • parent (if you are under 18)
  • fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner

You and your sponsor will be subject to security and safeguarding checks.


Crown dependencies

If you applied to the Isle of Man or Guernsey’s Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme, you must finalise your application through that Crown Dependency’s process. If you need information or support, contact the relevant Crown Dependency:


How long you can stay with the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme

You can stay in the UK for up to 3 years.



How much does the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme cost?

  • It is free to apply.
  • You do not need to pay the immigration health surcharge or biometric enrolment fee.


Apply for the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme


  • Family members can also apply to join you or stay in the UK as your ‘dependants’ if they’re eligible. They’ll need to complete separate applications.
  • You must apply online.
  • If you have a named sponsor, you or your sponsor can fill in the form, or you can fill it in together.

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In times of crisis, access to support and resources can make a world of difference for individuals and families striving to rebuild their lives. For Ukrainian citizens displaced by the conflict, understanding the UK visa support options offers a beacon of hope amid uncertainty. By exploring the pathways outlined in this blog post and seeking assistance when needed, affected individuals can take meaningful steps towards finding safety, stability, and a brighter future in the United Kingdom.

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