Supporting Ukraine

I know that many people across the constituency and broader Suffolk have been offering assistance and support to Ukraine and its citizens since Putin's illegal invasion of their country. I thank all those who have collected donations and supplies for those fleeing the conflict both individuals and businesses. Many have asked how they get involved further by offering their homes, sponsorship or employment, I therefore thought it would be helpful to outline what the Government are doing in response to the situation in Ukraine and what support is available.

The UK has rightly been leading the world in response to the unwarranted aggression from Putin, including providing Military equipment to Ukraine, implementing economic sanctions and delivering humanitarian aid to the Ukrainian people. We will continue to work with our NATO and global partners to put pressure on Putin to stop this war, whilst supporting Ukraine in defending itself and providing aid to refugees fleeing the horror of the situation. 

Support for Ukrainian Refugees 

Family Scheme 

Overview

From Tuesday 15 March, if you are outside the UK and hold a valid Ukrainian international passport, you will no longer need to provide your biometric information from overseas to apply to the Ukraine Family Scheme. You will still need to complete an application online, but you will not need to attend an in-person appointment at a visa application centre.

The Ukraine Family Scheme allows applicants to join family members or extend their stay in the UK.

It is free to apply.

You will be able to live, work and study in the UK and access public funds.

If you need any assistance, please call the 24/7 free helpline +44 808 164 8810 (0808 164 8810 if you’re in the UK).

If you cannot contact UK 0808 numbers, please use +44 (0)175 390 7510.

You must provide a valid email address when you submit your application as we will need to contact you with more guidance on the travel process.

Eligibility

To apply to the Ukraine Family Scheme you must:

  • be applying to join or accompany your UK-based family member; and

  • be Ukrainian or the immediate family member of a Ukrainian national who is applying to the scheme; and

  • have been residing in Ukraine on or immediately before 1 January 2022 (including those who have now left Ukraine)

You can apply if you’ve already arrived in the UK and meet the requirements above.

Your application will be subject to security checks.

UK-based family member

Your family member must be one of the following:

  • a British national

  • someone settled in the UK - for example, they have indefinite leave to remain, settled status or proof of permanent residence

  • someone from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland who has pre-settled status and started living in the UK before 1 January 2021

  • someone with refugee status or humanitarian protection in the UK

You must provide evidence that your UK-based family member is one of the following:

  • an immediate family member

  • an extended family member

  • an immediate family member of an extended family member

You will be asked to provide a copy of an official document that confirms your relationship to your UK-based family member. For example, a marriage or birth certificate if you have one.

Please note you can still apply if you are unable to provide this document, explaining why you are unable to do so.

Immediate family members

An immediate family member is your:

  • spouse or civil partner

  • unmarried partner (you must have been living together in a relationship for at least two years)

  • child who is under 18

  • parent (if you are under 18)

  • fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner

Extended family members

An extended family member is your:

  • parent (if you are over 18)

  • child who is over 18

  • grandparent

  • grandchild or your partner’s grandchild

  • brother or sister

  • aunt or uncle

  • niece or nephew

  • cousin

  • mother-in-law or father-in-law

  • grandparent-in-law

  • brother or sister-in-law

Immediate family member of an extended family member

An immediate family member of an extended family is the:

  • spouse or civil partner of an extended family member

  • child under 18 of an extended family member

  • parent of a child under 18 who is an extended family member

  • fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner of an extended family member

If your UK-based family member is your (or an extended family member’s) spouse, civil partner, fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner the relationship must have started before 1 January 2022.

Other family members will be considered where there are exceptional circumstances.

Homes for Ukraine scheme

The Homes for Ukraine scheme will allow individuals, charities, community groups and businesses in the UK to bring Ukrainians to safety – including those with no family ties to the UK.

Phase One of the scheme will allow sponsors in the UK to nominate a named Ukrainian or a named Ukrainian family to stay with them in their home or in a separate property.

Record your interest on the Homes for Ukraine webpage

There is no need for items and goods to be donated for refugees in Suffolk at this stage. However, this situation might change. Therefore, we are asking people who think they might be able to help to contact us in the first instance so that we have your details and we will get back to you if we are able to make use of your offer.

Email refugeesupport@suffolk.gov.uk if you think you can help.

To help meet the needs of the Ukraine refugees, you may wish to support national and international charities such as The Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal | British Red Cross 

Suffolk Refugee Support are our local refugee charity, you can find out about their response to the Ukraine situation on their website: Response to the situation in Ukraine – Suffolk Refugee Support

Further information on how to help can be found on the Disasters emergency committee website DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal | Disasters Emergency Committee.