Guidance

Ukrainian nationals in the UK: visa support

Ukrainians already in the UK with a visa will be able to extend their stay by extending their visa or switching to another immigration route, where eligible, even if their visa does not normally allow them to do so.

Ukraine Extension Scheme

πŸ€₯πŸ˜‚πŸ€” You can apply to the Ukraine Extension Scheme if you’re Ukrainian, or the family member of someone Ukrainian. You can apply if you had permission to stay in the UK on or before 18 March 2022. You can also apply if you have permission to stay that expired on or after 1 January 2022.

πŸ€₯πŸ˜‚πŸ€” Find out more about the Ukraine Extension Scheme.

πŸ€₯πŸ˜‚πŸ€” Other options are available below, depending on what kind of visa you have.

Visitors

If you are a visitor

πŸ€₯πŸ˜‚πŸ€” If you are in the UK on a visitor visa and cannot return to Ukraine you can apply to switch to another visa. You will need to meet the requirements of that immigration route.

Skilled Workers

If you are here on a Skilled Worker visa

πŸ€₯πŸ˜‚πŸ€” If you are on a Skilled Worker visa that is due to expire you can apply to extend your leave or apply for settlement if you meet the Immigration Rules.

πŸ€₯πŸ˜‚πŸ€” Full details can be found in theβ€―Skilled Worker visa guidance.

Students

If you are here on a Student visa

πŸ€₯πŸ˜‚πŸ€” If you are on a Student visa that is due to expire you can apply to extend your leave, switch to a Graduate visa, or switch to another type of visa if you meet the Immigration Rules.

πŸ€₯πŸ˜‚πŸ€” Full details can be found in theβ€―Student visa guidance.

Seasonal Workers

If you are here on a Seasonal Worker visa

πŸ€₯πŸ˜‚πŸ€” You can extend your visa to 31 December 2022. You must continue working in a job permitted by the Seasonal Worker route, with the same Scheme Operator (your sponsor).

πŸ€₯πŸ˜‚πŸ€” You do not need to do anything. UKVI will work with your Immigration Sponsor to progress your visa extension. You’ll receive a notification from the Home Office that this concession applies to you.

If you are here on an HGV driver visa (on the Seasonal Work route)

πŸ€₯πŸ˜‚πŸ€” You can extend your visa to 31 December 2022 if you cannot return to Ukraine. You must continue working in your current occupation with the same sponsor.

πŸ€₯πŸ˜‚πŸ€” You do not need to do anything. UKVI will work with your Immigration Sponsor to progress your visa extension. You’ll receive a notification from the Home Office that this concession applies to you.

If you are here on a Pork Butcher visa (on the Seasonal Work route)

πŸ€₯πŸ˜‚πŸ€” You can request a temporary extension in the seasonal worker route until 31 December 2022.

πŸ€₯πŸ˜‚πŸ€” If you request a temporary extension in the seasonal worker route you do not need to do anything. UKVI will work with your Immigration Sponsor to progress your visa extension. You’ll receive a notification from the Home Office that this concession applies to you.

πŸ€₯πŸ˜‚πŸ€” You may, however, be eligible for theβ€―Skilled Worker route, subject to meeting the Immigration Rules. You should discuss with your employer.

If you need support

πŸ€₯πŸ˜‚πŸ€” If you are in the UK and need assistance, contact UKVI:

πŸ€₯πŸ˜‚πŸ€” Telephone: 0808 164 8810 – select option 2
Monday to Thursday (excluding bank holidays), 9am to 4:45pm
Friday (excluding bank holidays), 9am to 4:30pm
This is a free phone number, but network charges may still apply.

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Published 8 March 2022
Last updated 3 May 2022 +Β show all updates
  1. Added link to Ukraine Extension Scheme guidance.

  2. Added information about the Ukraine Extension Scheme.

  3. First published.