Settled calls for right of Ukrainians to sponsor close family members to be reinstated

Our Ukraine service gives free, multilingual, accredited advice and support to many Ukrainian families on the UK’s Ukrainian visa schemes.
One couple, having arrived under the Homes For Ukraine scheme in 2022, had set up a business and secured a tenancy. By February they were ready to apply to sponsor their young daughter and be reunited with her. Then the rules were changed overnight, which sadly now preventing them from being reunited with two year old Anna.

This very concerning situation, now faced by many other Ukrainian families, features in the Independent’s lead story of 12th May, with comments from Settled’s immigration advisors: Ukraine refugee couple unable to bring baby to UK after Sunak’s sudden rule change | The Independent

We were then quoted in this follow-up article on 14th May, alongside the Refugee Council and Lord Alf Dubs: Government urged to reopen family reunion route for Ukrainian refugees as children kept from parents | The Independent.

“We call for an urgent change to the rules, to reinstate the right of Ukrainians to sponsor close family members. The spirit of these humanitarian visas demands that children are allowed to join their parents.” – Kate Smart, CEO, Settled

Changes to pre-settled rules

The Home Office announced some changes to EUSS pre-settled status rules on 21st May.

Please do not contact Settled to ask about these changes until we are clearer, as otherwise our service may become overwhelmed.

It is important that we can continue to respond effectively to beneficiaries in need of urgent casework advice and support.
We are waiting for more detail, and will update our website information, Facebook forums, and leaflets as soon as possible. Many thanks for your patience and understanding.

The Home Office announcement is here.

We’re here to help you with your Settled Status to remain in the UK. We have 100 volunteers on hand who can provide advice in all EU lanaguages.

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