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Immigration services for Ukrainians

Y-Axis takes a key step for creating a pathway for Ukraine citizens!

Y-Axis, the world’s best immigration consultancy has commenced the ‘Immigration Strategies for Ukrainians.’ We provide immigration services for Ukrainians inside and outside the country, and helps them in finding a safer place to settle down along with their families.

Y-Axis initiative – Uniting for Ukraine

It provides services in immigrating to the welcoming 12 countries, which includes:

  • USA
  • Canada
  • UK
  • Germany
  • Australia
  • UAE
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Greece
  • Ireland

Check the list of countries, types of visa offered, procedure to apply, eligibility, process steps, visa fees, and processing time.

USA

USA offers “Uniting Ukraine” type of visa

Objective of USA Uniting Ukraine
  • The Department of Homeland Security’s Uniting for Ukraine program provides a pathway for displaced Ukrainian citizens and their immediate family members who are outside the United States to come to the United States and stay temporarily for up to two years.
  • Ukrainians participating in Uniting for Ukraine must have a supporter in the United States who agrees to provide them with financial support for the duration of their stay in the United States.
Steps to Apply

Step 1: The first step in the Uniting for Ukraine process is for the USA based supporter to file a

  • Form I-134
  • Declaration of Financial Support, with USCIS

Step 2: The first step in the Uniting for Ukraine process is for the U.S.-based supporter to file a Form I-134, Declaration of Financial Support, with USCIS. The supporter will then be vetted by the U.S. government to protect against exploitation and abuse.

Step 3: Ensure that they are able to financially support the individual(s) whom they agree to support.

Eligibility criteria
  • Resided in Ukraine immediately prior to the Russian invasion (until February 11, 2022) and were displaced as a result of the invasion;
  • Are a Ukrainian citizen and possess a valid Ukrainian passport (or are a child included on a parent’s passport), or are a non-Ukrainian immediate family member of a Ukrainian citizen who is applying through Uniting for Ukraine;
  • Have a supporter who filed a Form I-134, Declaration of Financial Support, on their behalf that has been confirmed as sufficient by USCIS;
  • Complete vaccinations and other public health requirements, and;
  • Clear biometric and biographic screening and vetting security checks.

*Note: To be eligible for this process, children under the age of 18 must be traveling to the United States in the care and custody of their parent or legal guardian.

Visa Fees

There is no requirement for visa fees.

Australia             

Australia offers “transition to a subclass 786 (Temporary Humanitarian Concern) visa.”

Objective of transition to a subclass 786
  • The Government is making available a subclass 786 Temporary Humanitarian Concern (THC) visa for all Ukrainian nationals who are in Australia on temporary visas, and those who will arrive in the coming months, other than maritime crew visa holders.
  • The visa will be valid for three years and allow people to work, study and access Medicare.
  • The subclass 786 visa will be granted for a three year period. During this time, you can work, study and access Medicare, Special Benefits, free English language tuition under the Adult Migrant English Program, and full work rights.

Anyone wishing to make a new application for a visa to travel to Australia should consider options relevant to their circumstances, including urgency of travel. Close family members can apply on behalf of their family members in Ukraine.

Eligibility criteria

A person is only eligible to accept the Australian Government offer of a temporary stay in Australia if they:

  • Are a citizen of Ukraine
  • Are in Australia when they accept the offer
  • hold a temporary visa other than a Maritime Crew (subclass 988) visa
Steps to apply

This is a two-step process which involves issuing a Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) (subclass 449) visa followed by a Temporary (Humanitarian Concern) (subclass 786) visa.

Step 1: Accepting​ offer

Each person accepts the Australian Government offer by completing all details on the ​​​web form​.

Step 2: Complete security checks

Once you complete the form accepting the offer for temporary stay from the Australian Government, the Department of Home Affairs will complete security checks for each person.

Once completed, the subclass 449 visa will be granted.

Step 3: Issu​​​ing subclass 786 visa

Once you have completed the health checks (if asked) and the character declaration (if asked), the Government will process and grant the subclass 786 visa.”

Visa fees: No Visa Fees

UK         

UK offers two kinds of visas. One is “the Ukraine Family Scheme

Ukraine Family Scheme
Objective
  • The Ukraine Family Scheme allows applicants to join family members, or extend their stay, in the UK. Everyone must make a separate application, even children travelling with a family member.
  • You can stay in the UK for up to 3 years
Eligibility criteria
  • Be applying to join or accompany your UK-based family member
  • Be Ukrainian, or the family member of a Ukrainian national who is applying to the scheme to join a UK-based immediate family member
  • Have been living in Ukraine on or immediately before 1 January 2022 (even if you have now left Ukraine)

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

Steps to Apply

Step 1: Arrange all the requirements to apply it online.

Step 2: Upload all the requirements

Visa fees: No Visa Fees and No Health Surcharges to be paid

Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine)

Objective           
  • The Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme allows Ukrainian nationals and their family members to come to the UK if they have a named sponsor who can provide accommodation.
  • You will be able to live, work and study in the UK and access public funds.
Eligibility criteria

To apply to the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme you must be Ukrainian, or the immediate family member of a Ukrainian national, and either:

  • 18 or older on the date of application
  • Under 18 years old and applying with your parent or legal guardian, or to join them in the UK
  • Have been residing in Ukraine on or immediately before 1 January 2022 (including those who have now left Ukraine)
  • Be outside of the UK
  • Have an eligible UK-based sponsor
Steps to Apply

Step 1: Arrange all the requirements to apply it online

Step 2: Upload all the requirements

Visa fees: No Visa Fees and No Health Surcharges to be paid

Currently, no specific timeline defined as they are working on issuing it as early as possible

Canada

Canada offers “Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET)”

Objective
  • Due to the current situation in Ukraine, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has introduced the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) to support the people of Ukraine.
  • It offers Ukrainians and their family members free, extended temporary status and allows them to work, study and stay in Canada until it is safe for them to return home.
  • When you apply for the visitor visa under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) measures, you may be eligible to apply for an open work permit at the same time.
  • This work permit lets you work for most employers in Canada.
Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET)   
  • Due to the current situation in Ukraine, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has introduced the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) to support the people of Ukraine.
  • It offers Ukrainians and their family members free, extended temporary status and allows them to work, study and stay in Canada until it is safe for them to return home.
  • When you apply for the visitor visa under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) measures, you may be eligible to apply for an open work permit at the same time.
  • This work permit lets you work for most employers in Canada.
Eligibility criteria
  • Ukrainian nationals
  • Family members of Ukrainian nationals (can be any nationality)

Family members are defined as:

  • The spouse or common-law partner of a Ukrainian national
  • Their dependent child
  • The dependent child of their spouse / common-law partner or a dependent child of their dependent child
Steps to Apply

Step 1: If it’s your first time using the IRCC Portal, you need an invitation code to create an account. You will receive an email and a code to sign up.

Step 2: Use the invitation code we send you to create your portal account

Step 3:  Complete an Online Application Form

Step 4:  Contact the IRCC (add the keyword UKRAINE2022 in the “Your enquiry” box)  who will let you know if Biometric is required to be given or not

Visa fees: No Visa Fees and No Biometric fees to be paid              .

Germany            

Germany offers “Temporary Residence Permit

Objective
  • Ukrainian citizens who hold a biometric passport do not require a visa to enter Germany for a short term stay. Their stay may last for up to 90 days.
  • If a person wants to stay longer than 90 days, s/he may apply for an extension.
  • The application has to be submitted at the locally responsible immigration authority (called “Ausländerbehörde”)
  • No employment activities will be allowed during this stay
  • Ukrainian nationals who are currently in Germany for a short stay are not required to travel back to Ukraine in order to go through the visa procedure. They can directly apply for a long-term work and residence permit in Germany
Eligibility criteria              
  • Ukrainian nationals who resided in Ukraine before 24 February 2022.
  • Stateless persons and nationals of third countries other than Ukraine, who benefited from international protection or equivalent national protection in Ukraine before 24 February 2022.
  • Family members of the persons referred to in the first two categories, even if they are not Ukrainian nationals.
Procedure to Apply
  • Ukrainian nationals with a biometric passport can enter Germany without a visa. However, Ukrainian nationals without a biometric passport can currently enter Germany and stay in Germany without a visa. This also applies if you were temporarily not in Ukraine on February 24th, 2022, but had your residence or habitual residence in Ukraine on February 24th, 2022.
  • The same applies to refugees recognized in Ukraine within the meaning of the Geneva Refugee Convention and to persons enjoying international or equivalent national protection in Ukraine.
  • Third-country nationals who were in Ukraine on February 24, 2022 can currently enter Germany and stay in Germany without a visa.
UAE      

UAE offers “Residency Permit

Objective           
  • The Embassy of Ukraine in the UAE confirmed that citizens can opt for a one-year residency permit through Tasheel centres.
  • The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) confirmed that Ukrainian citizens will continue to have a visa-free entry upon arriving to the UAE for a stay of 30 days.
Eligibility criteria
  • Ukrainian nationals
  • Family members of Ukrainian nationals (can be any nationality)
Procedure to apply

Submit the application at the Tasheel Centers along with the support documents for the Residency Permit.

Visa fees: DH 150 for 1 year Residency Permit.

Bulgaria              

Bulgaria offersVisa Free Entry” for Ukrainians.

Objective           
  • Ukrainian nationals who are holders of valid biometric passports benefit from the visa-free regime and are allowed to enter Bulgaria without an entry visa, and stay here for up to 90 days within 180 days.
  • Ukrainian nationals who do not hold valid passports – or any passport – may enter the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria as asylum seekers, but they will be subject to specific procedures in respect of requesting and granting international protection.

This is an exceptional measure introduced by the EU for people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. The duration of temporary protection is one year and can be renewed. The temporary protection provides an opportunity to:

  • Be provided with free shelter and food
  • Access health care, education and social assistance
  • Access the labor market
  • Start your own business
  • Return home at any time and travel freely within the EU under certain conditions
Eligibility criteria                                                                                        
  • Ukrainian nationals
  • Family members of Ukrainian nationals (can be any nationality)
Requirements  

You will be allowed entry in Bulgaria if you have one of the following documents:

  • Biometric passport
  • Non-biometric passport
  • Driving license
  • ID card
  • Birth certificate (children below 14 years old)

Note: As a temporary measure in view of the current situation in Ukraine, you may also enter with an expired passport. If you do not have any documents, you may be allowed entry on humanitarian grounds.

Croatia

The country offers “Visa Free Entry” for Ukrainians

Objective
  • Ukrainian nationals who are holders of valid biometric passports benefit from visa-free travel and are allowed to enter Croatian territory without an entry visa, and stay here for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.
  • If they stay longer, they need to register their temporary stay (it is possible that in future the registration of temporary stay and obtaining of work and stay permits could be performed under more favourable terms compared to other non-EEA nationals, but this has not been confirmed yet)
Eligibility criteria   
  • All citizens of Ukraine and their families residing in Ukraine on February 24, 2022
  • Stateless persons and third-country nationals who have enjoyed international or equivalent national protection in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, and members of their families who held valid residence in Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
  • Third nationals who held valid permanent residence in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, in accordance with Ukrainian regulations and who cannot return to their country or region of origin in safe and permanent conditions
  • Displaced Ukrainian nationals and members of their families who fled Ukraine just before February 24, 2022, due to the security situation and cannot return to
  • Ukraine due to the armed conflict
Requirements

Ukrainians who arrive at the Croatian border must declare themselves as displaced persons in need of temporary protection. They must show their passport or an ID card to enter Croatia. If they are accompanied by a minor, the police will ask to clarify the kinship or other relationship with the minor, so bring the necessary documents that prove your relationship.

Visa fees: No visa fees and No Biometric fees to be paid.

Czech Republic
Temporary Protection Visa or  Visa Free Entry  

Ukrainian nationals who are holders of valid biometric passports may benefit from visa-free travel and can enter the Czech Republic without any visa / residence permit and stay in the territory for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

For the purposes of employment, a foreigner who has been granted the temporary protection visa is considered to be a holder of permanent residence permit (i.e. has free access to the labor market pursuant to 98 of the Law on Employment) and may become a job seeker.

Eligibility criteria                 
  • All citizens of Ukraine and their families residing in Ukraine on February 24, 2022
  • Stateless persons and third-country nationals who have enjoyed international or equivalent national protection in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, and members of their families who held valid residence in Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
  • Third nationals who held valid permanent residence in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, in accordance with Ukrainian regulations and who cannot return to their country or region of origin in safe and permanent conditions
  • Displaced Ukrainian nationals and members of their families who fled Ukraine just before February 24, 2022, due to the security situation and cannot return to Ukraine due to the armed conflict
Procedure to Apply
  1. They need to present a Ukrainian biometric passport to enter, but if they do not have a biometric passport, it is advised to bring all other available documents proving their identity. It is also necessary to arrange health insurance for at least the first few weeks for necessary and urgent care.
  2. Registration with the Foreign Police of the Czech Republic is mandatory within 3 days after arrival in the Czech Republic.

Visa fees: No fees applicable

France 

Temporary Protection Visa – Visa Free Entry

Temporary protection is an exceptional measure authorized by the decision of the Council of the European Union on March 4th, 2022.  The persons concerned by this measure are Ukrainians, refugees in Ukraine, as well as foreigners who have legal and permanent residence in Ukraine and who cannot safely and permanently return to their country or region of origin. The families of the above-mentioned persons are also concerned.

These persons can also benefit from:

  • A right to stay in France
  • the access to the labour market or the ability to create a company
  • A support in accessing housing
  • An access to care through health care
  • An access to school for minor children
Eligibility criteria
  • All citizens of Ukraine and their families residing in Ukraine on February 24, 2022
  • Stateless persons and third-country nationals who have enjoyed international or equivalent national protection in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, and members of their families who held valid residence in Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
  • Third nationals who held valid permanent residence in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, in accordance with Ukrainian regulations and who cannot return to their country or region of origin in safe and permanent conditions
  • Displaced Ukrainian nationals and members of their families who fled Ukraine just before February 24, 2022, due to the security situation and cannot return to Ukraine due to the armed conflict
    • For Ukrainians wishing to enter France with a biometric passport, there is no need to apply for a visa with the consular authorities.
    • Ukrainians wishing to enter France without a biometric passport or travel documents, can go to a consular post in a country bordering Ukraine (for example Poland, Romania, Hungary, etc.) so that their situation can be studied to obtain a visa or a pass to enter France.

Visa fees: No fees applicable

Greece

Temporary Protection Visa – Visa Free Entry

Ukrainian nationals holding biometric passports are allowed to enter Greece without an entry visa and stay here for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. All Ukrainian citizens who plan to enter Greece are no longer required to fill in the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) upon their arrival in this country.

Ukrainian refugees are entitled to access for free the services of public hospitals and medical centres including mental health and physical rehabilitation facilities, even if they have not been provided yet with a social security number (AMKA). If not yet provided with AMKA, Ukrainian refugees can access public health by showing their passport or, if they do not have it, a document issued by the police.

Eligibility criteria              
  • Ukrainian nationals who resided in Ukraine before 24 February 2022.
  • Stateless persons and nationals of third countries other than Ukraine who benefited from international protection or equivalent national protection in Ukraine before 24 February 2022.
  • Family members of the persons referred to in the first two categories, even if they are not Ukrainian nationals, provided that the family existed and resided in Ukraine before 24 February 2022.

Family members are considered:

  • Spouse or his or her unmarried partner in a stable relationship duly attested
  • the minor unmarried children
  • Other close relatives of 1st and 2nd degree who lived with the beneficiary as a family unit
  • People in the above categories who fled Ukraine after 26 November 2021 as tensions increased or who found themselves in the territory of the EU (e.g. on holidays or for work reasons) and, as a result of the armed conflict, cannot return to Ukraine.
Procedure to apply
  • Submit an application for temporary protection, please visit the following pre-registration platform at the website of the Ministry of Migration and Asylum
  • Once you have finalized your application, you will be given an appointment (date and time) at the location that you chose for your registration, and you will receive a receipt to the e-mail address you have provided.
  • The appointment is the same for all members listed in the application. You will need to have with you your appointment number, your passport/identity documents/Police Note and any documents establishing the family links with the other members listed in the application.

Visa fees: No fees applicable.

Ireland
Temporary Protection Visa – Visa Free Entry      

The Irish government is offering Ukrainian nationals visa-free status. As an emergency measure, the Minister for Justice has announced the immediate lifting of entry visa requirements between the Ukraine and Ireland. Ukrainian nationals who are considering leaving Ukraine and travelling to Ireland may do so without an entry visa requirement, if they judge it safe to travel. Those who travel to Ireland without an entry visa will then have 90 days after arrival to regularise their position. The temporary protection permission allows beneficiaries to reside in Ireland for a period of 1 year, and the permission may be extended for further periods after that.

Beneficiaries of temporary protection will have access to:

  • A Personal Public Service Number (PPSN) Employment and self-employment
  • Suitable accommodation or assistance in obtaining housing School if they are children under 18 years
  • Social welfare income supports
  • Ukrainian nationals will be able to get health care services from the HSE including access to GPs, community care and hospital or emergency care, as well as access to services for children’s health, mental health, disabilities, maternity care, older people and many more. Ukrainian nationals will be able to get the same health services as people who are already living here, including Irish citizens.
Eligibility criteria              

The following people who have fled Ukraine, can avail of a temporary protection to reside in Ireland:

  • Ukrainian nationals who were residing in Ukraine before 24 February 2022;
  • Nationals of a third country (other than Ukraine) or stateless persons who benefited from international protection (e.g. refugee status) or an equivalent national protection status in Ukraine and were residing there before 24 February 2022.
  • Family members of persons covered by a) and b) where the family already existed in Ukraine prior to 24 February.
  • Stateless persons and nationals of countries other than Ukraine who have been residing in Ukraine before 24 February 2022 with a permanent Ukrainian residence permit, who cannot safely return to their country of origin.

*NOTE: Nationals of countries other than Ukraine who were legally residing in Ukraine without a permanent residence permit are not eligible for temporary protection. Such persons will be assisted to return to their country of origin, with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), if it is safe for them to do so. Alternatively, if it is not safe to return to their country of origin they may apply for international protection in Ireland.

Procedure to apply                                                                                        
  • You need to provide your Ukranian Passport or any other government issued identity proof.
  • On arrival in the state or shortly thereafter you will be provided with a letter from the Minister for Justice confirming that you are a beneficiary of Temporary Protection in Ireland granted under section 60 of the International Protection Act 2015.
  • This is all the proof you need to be able to immediately access employment, income support, accommodation (if needed) and other State supports in Ireland. If you are granted temporary protection in Ireland you will also receive a Personal Public Service Number (PPSN).

Visa fees: No fees applicable

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