Options for staying in the UK following your Ukraine scheme visa expiry

25 Sep 2023, 30 mins ago

If you are currently residing in the UK under one of the Ukraine scheme visas, as the law currently stands, you will need to switch into an alternative visa category before your visa expires if you want to continue living in the UK.

On 14 March 2022, the Home Office introduced the Ukraine Scheme, providing visa options for Ukrainian nationals looking to enter the UK and for those already residing in the UK. The launch of the Scheme provided for three different types of visa options, namely, the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, Ukraine Family Scheme and the Ukraine Extension Scheme visa.

The visas under the Scheme allow the respective holders to live and work in the UK for three years. The visa route, however, does not lead to settlement. At the moment, it is not possible to extend your stay under the Ukraine Scheme visas, although the Home Office may change this in the future. If you are looking to continue living in the UK past the expiry date of your Ukraine Scheme visa, the current position is that you will need to apply to switch into another visa category.

The Skilled Worker visa is a work permit which leads to settlement in the UK after 5 years. You will need an offer of employment from an employer that is authorised by the Home Office to sponsor overseas workers, and in a role which meets the minimum skill, salary and English language ability requirements.

Alternatively, you may be able to apply for a family visa if you have a partner or family member in the UK with Pre-Settled or Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme, Indefinite Leave to Remain or British citizenship.

The type of visa that will be most suitable for you will depend on your personal circumstances at the time of application.

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