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Bringing family members from Ukraine to the UK

The government have made special rules so it’s easier to bring your family members from Ukraine to the UK.

The scheme was updated on 8 March and the type of extended family members who can apply has been enlarged to also include a sponsor’s:

  • aunt or uncle
  • niece or nephew
  • cousin
  • mother-in-law or father-in-law
  • grandparent-in-law
  • brother or sister-in-law

This means that if you are a Ukrainian national here on a family visa – the spouse of a British citizen for example – your partner will now be able to sponsor your Ukrainian family members. Ukrainians in the UK on other time limited visas (such as work or study) are still not included in this scheme.

Family members in the Ukraine should contact the 24/7 Home Office helpline – +44 808 164 8810 (0808 164 8810 if you’re in the UK).

Find out more here from our national Citizens Advice here

The UKVI guidance page, UK visa support for Ukrainian nationals, has been updated. The situation is changing daily so it is always good to check this page.


Further information from the Red Cross can be found here.

A group of volunteer legal professionals are offering to give free UK immigration and asylum advice to Ukrainian citizens affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. To request advice, please visit here

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