Refugees: Ukraine

Home Office written question – answered on 14th March 2022.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to co-ordinate the response of the four nations of the UK to ensure the most effective approach to supporting Ukrainian refugees.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department

Thousands more Ukrainians will be welcomed to the UK as the Government continues its support for Ukraine in their fight against the Russian invasion.

The Home Secretary immediately introduced concessions to support Ukrainian nationals currently in the UK who are now unable to return when their existing visa expires. These concessions will assist Ukrainian nationals in extending their stay in the UK without having to leave and re-apply from overseas.

The Government has established a Ukraine Family Scheme, which is fee free and allows British nationals, and people settled here, to bring extended family members to the UK. The Scheme covers immediate family members and a wider range of extended family including parents, grandparents, children over 18 cousins and siblings. Individuals will be granted leave for three years, giving them certainty and securing their future in the country.

The Government is also launching a humanitarian sponsorship pathway, whereby Ukrainians who may not have family ties in the UK can be sponsored to come to the UK by willing and able individuals, businesses, or community organisations. There will be no numerical limit on this scheme, and we will welcome as many Ukrainians as wish to come and have matched sponsors.

We will continue to work with our counterparts in the Devolved Administrations to ensure we deliver the best possible scheme across the whole of the UK for Ukrainians coming here. With regular engagement at Ministerial Level between the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations.

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