In response to the terrible events unfolding in Ukraine, the Home Office has published guidance on visa applications from outside the UK and on certain concessions for Ukrainian nationals inside the UK.

Certain close family members of British nationals who normally live in Ukraine can apply for a “Family Migration visa” free of charge and should contact UK Visas and Immigration before making an application.

They must provide their biometrics and will be able to do so at the Visa Application Centre in Lviv.

Outrageously, other Ukrainian nationals are not currently able to apply for UK visas from inside Ukraine though they will be able to do so from another county if they have managed to leave Ukraine and are eligible for a visa.

For those Ukrainian nationals already in the UK , some temporary concessions have been introduced, though they do not go far enough.

Those here as visitors will temporarily be able to switch in to a family route or a points- based route without leaving the UK but only if they are eligible for the new route.

The link to the current guidance, dated 27th February 2022,  can be seen below.

Support for family members of British nationals in Ukraine, and Ukrainian nationals in Ukraine and the UK – GOV.UK (

It may well change as events unfold.

Please contact us if you or your family members are in need of help and we will try to assist.