Government guidance for the Ukraine Extension scheme is here. This contains the most up-to-date information, and has a Ukrainian translation.

Please click on the guidance boxes below for Settled’s practical summaries and answers to frequently asked questions. 

1. What is this scheme, and who is eligible?

An application process aimed at Ukrainians who were already in the UK on work, student or visitor visas when the war started in 2022.

People from one of the three criteria below:

  • Applicants must have had permission to stay in the UK on or between 18 March 2022 and 16 November 2023 – the permission does not need to cover the whole period.
  • Alternatively, applicants had permission to stay in the UK before 1 January 2022 and that permission has expired.
  • Alternatively, they are a child born to a parent who qualifies under the Ukraine Extension Scheme.

2. Is there a deadline for applying for this visa programme?

The Ukraine Extension Scheme programme had a deadline of 16.11.2023. For those who received a visa before 16 February 2023, the deadline for submission remained unchanged: 16 May 2024.

Children born in the UK in families where the parents have a Ukraine Scheme visa will be eligible for this scheme in the future. The visa will be valid until the date the parents have permission to stay. If the mother and father have different visa expiry dates, the child will be issued a permit until the date with the longer validity.

Please check official sources for the most up-to-date information on the availability of the programme.

3. I am Ukrainian and have lived in the UK illegally since 2020. Can I apply for the Ukraine Extension scheme?

No. Overstayers as of 1 January 2022 are likely to be rejected.

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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