Major Updates to Ukraine Immigration Schemes: What You Need to Know

Major Updates to Ukraine Immigration Schemes

Major Updates to Ukraine Immigration Schemes: What You Need to Know

In the ever-evolving landscape of immigration policies, the Ukraine Family Scheme (UFS), Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (HFU), and Ukraine Extension Scheme (UES) have recently undergone substantial updates. This guide aims to shed light on these critical changes and their implications for current and prospective applicants.

Key Updates Across All Ukraine Immigration Programs

A pivotal modification affecting all Ukraine immigration schemes is the enforcement of general immigration regulations. Applicants may face refusal if they fail to submit the requisite information or have a history of violating immigration laws. Understanding these stipulations is crucial for a successful application process.

Specific Adjustments to the Ukraine Family and Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Schemes

The most recent policy revisions include the cessation of new applications under the UFS. Instead, Ukrainian nationals residing outside the UK are encouraged to apply through the HFU scheme. Eligibility for the HFU requires securing an approved sponsor who is a British or Irish citizen, holds EU Settlement Scheme status, or possesses Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. Additionally, sponsors must guarantee housing for a minimum of six months.

Non-Ukrainian nationals or those without the specified statuses may only apply to the HFU as immediate family members of eligible Ukrainian nationals or existing HFU participants. The government emphasises that these updated policies, including stringent accommodation and safeguarding measures, will enhance sustainability.

Notably, HFU scheme adjustments include reducing the permission duration for new applicants, including minors, to 18 months from the previous 36 months. This amendment aligns more closely with the EU Temporary Protection Directive’s one-year timeframe.

Ukraine Extension Scheme (UES) Closure Announcement

The Home Office has declared the forthcoming closure of the UES to new applications on 16 May 2024. Individuals wishing to extend their stay must apply before this cutoff. Nonetheless, children born to UES participants after 18 March 2022 remain eligible for application post-closure, with their stay duration matching that of the parent with the latest permission expiry.

These significant changes to the Ukraine immigration schemes carry profound implications for numerous families and individuals. Staying informed and comprehending how these updates affect you or your relatives is paramount. Should you have any queries or concerns, seeking professional advice and a free consultation from a reputable source is strongly advised.

By keeping up-to-date on these developments, applicants can navigate the intricacies of the immigration process more effectively and ensure compliance with the new regulations. Should you have any questions, please contact Legal Pathway Solicitors for a free initial consultation about your unique circumstances.

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