Ukraine visa support (2023)

​​​​​​​The Australian Government remains committed to supporting Ukrainians and their family members who are temporarily in Australia as a result of the war in Ukraine.

The Department of Home Affairs is progressing visa applications from Ukrainian nationals as a priority, particularly for those with a connection to Australia.

Since 23 February 2022 the department has granted nearly 9,500 visas to Ukrainian nationals in Ukraine and hundreds more to Ukrainian nationals elsewhere. Nearly4,500 of these visa holders have since arrived in Australia.

If you have accepted the offer of a temporary humanitarian stay before 11:59 pm on 31 July 2022, you do not need to do anything further until the department contacts you. Please see Information for Ukrainian nationals who accepted the offer of temporary humanitarian stay before 31 July 2022.

The Australian Government acknowledges that there will be some Ukrainian nationals who were unable to accept the offer of a temporary humanitarian stay, which ended on 31 July 2022.

Ukrainians and their families who are in Australia and wish to extend their stay can also access normal visa pathways, including the skilled, family, student and visitor visa programs. If a ‘no further stay’ condition (8503, 8534, 8535 or 8540) applies to a Ukrainian’s current visa, they can apply to have that condition waived by completing a no Further Stay waiver request.

The department encourages Ukrainian nationals that want to come to Australia or extend their stay to explore their visa options.

Ukrainian nationals who have arrived on a temporary visa and are unable to access normal visa pathways or cannot return to Ukraine, may apply for a Bridging visa E (subclass 050) or a Protection visa (subclass 866).

For moreinformationon Bridging visa E or a Protection visa see Other pathways for Ukrainian nationals in Australia​.

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Applying fo​r a visa to travel to Australia

Making a visa application

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. For information about visas, you canExplore visa options.

If you are a Ukrainian national with a relative in Australia and you apply for a Visitor visa, you can make an application under the Tourist stream and provide details of your Australian relative. You do not need to make an application under the Sponsored Family Visitor stream.

Getting help with your visa application

If you need help to apply for a visa see Who can help you with your application.

For assistance with migration agent appointments, you can access our Translating and Interpreting Service.

If you do not have a travel document

Ukrainian nationals who wish to make a visa application to travel to Australia must hold one of the following:

  • a valid passport, which may include:
    • ​passports that have been extended by an Embassy​ or Consulate of Ukraine or the Ukraine State Migration Service with an inscription stating the extended validity date
    • additional minors (under 16) inscribed in a parent/guardian’s passport notated by an Embassy or Consulate of Ukraine or the Ukraine State Migration Service
  • a certified Certificate of Identity (Свідоцтво що засвідчує особу) issued by an Embassy or Consulate of Ukraine by a neighbouring country
  • an internal passport in the form of anID-Card, that states inboth Ukrainian and English:
    • full name
    • date of birth
    • place of birth.

​An internal passport in the form of a booklet is not valid for grant of a visa or travel to Australia.​ If you have these documents you should still provide copies with your application to help confirm your identity.

If you have problems making an online application

If you hold one of the above travel documents and you have difficulty making an application online, you can submit an online enquiry. We will contact you to provide assistance.

Do not enter incorrect or false passport details to submit an online visa application. If you have submitted incorrect information with a visa application, you should advise the department through an online enquiry.

If you cannot obtain a valid travel document

If you do not hold a valid travel document you will not be able to travel.

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Ukrainian nationals who do not hold a valid international travel document can seek advice from the Ukraine State Migration Service or their nearest Ukraine Embassy or Consulate.

The Government of Ukraine has advised that a Ukrainian Certificate of Identity can be issued by the Embassies and Consulates of Ukraine in states neighbouring with Ukraine, such as Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.

If you are unable to obtain a valid passport or a Ukrainian Certificate of Identity travel document, you should provide details of efforts made to obtain one through an online enquiry.This may include reference to emails, correspondence with Ukrainian authorities.

If you have an application in process you can upload documentation supporting your attempts to obtain a travel document, to your online application in ImmiAccount. We will contact you to discuss your application.

If you already hold a valid visa and you are unable to have your travel document extended, or you are unable to obtain a Ukrainian Certificate of Identity, advise the department through an online enquiry. We will contact you to discuss next steps.

Making an appointment for an immigration medical assessment

Only if requested to do so by a departmental officer, visa applicants outside Ukraine can make an appointment for an immigration medical assessment with a registered panel doctor. A list of panel doctors outside Australia is available on the department’s website atOffices outside Australia.

Children travelling with one parent

Australia recognises that the crisis in Ukraine means that some children may be travelling across international borders with only one parent. Australia is committed to ensuring the welfare of children.To travel to Australia, a minor must have permission from both parents.

If you cannot provide this consent, you can make an application with available documentation. We will contact you to discuss your application.

Entering​​ Australia

From 6 July 2022, the way you travel to and from Australia has changed. People entering Australia do not need to provide evidence of vaccination status. See Entering and leaving Australia.

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All international travellers must follow and comply with requirements of the state and territory they enter. For details seeInformation for international travellers.

Additional travel advice

For up-to-date Australian Government travel advice seeUkraine Travel Advice & Safety.

Airlines may also have specific requirements that you need to meet.

Visa and settlement support in Australia

Ukrainian nationals who have arrived on a temporary visa can seek information about visa options by submitting anonline enquiry. Enquiries are generally responded to within 24 hours.

The ImmiCard​ is an official, secure immigration credential issued by the Department of Home Affairs. They are only issued to eligible foreign nationals who do not have, or are unable to obtain or use, an identity ​documentof their country of citizenship​ to establish their identity for visa grant and travel to Australia, and enrol for services in Australia.

The travel documents listed in Applying for a visa to travel to Australia as acceptable for Ukrainian nationals to establish their identity for visa grant and travel to Australia are also considered as acceptable to enrol for services in Australia.​

ImmiCards are only issued in exceptional circumstances to clients who are unable to obtain the above-mentioned identity documents.

More inform​ation on accessing government services online is available at Abou​t MyGov.

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Interpreting and Translating Services

Ukrainian nationals arriving in Australia and their families have access to free interpreting and translating services.The Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National, 131 450) is an interpreting service provided by the Department of Home Affairsfor people who do not speak English, and for agencies and businesses that need to communicate with their non-English speaking clients.

Translation of documents is also available through ourFree Translating Service. Ukrainian nationals arriving in Australia are encouraged to call The Migration Translators on 1800 962 100 for more information.

Contact Us

Enquiries can be directed to:

Enquiry form for Ukraine visa arrangements

Global Service Centre:

In Australia Phone: 131 881

Outside Australia Phone: +61 2 6196 0196

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FAQs

Is Ukraine visa available now? ›

Indian National holding a valid Indian passport can apply for Ukraine Visa online. 2. Person wishes to travel to Ukraine for the purpose of Tourism/Family or friends Visit/Business can apply visa through Visa Lounge.

What support is available for Ukrainians in UK? ›

You can apply to the Ukraine Extension Scheme if you're Ukrainian or you have a Ukrainian family member. You can apply for this scheme if one of the following is true: you held permission to be in the UK on or between 18 March 2022 and 16 May 2023 – the permission does not need to cover the whole period.

Can I sponsor my friend from Ukraine? ›

You can sponsor them if they were living in Ukraine by 31 December 2021 - or they're a child born after 31 December 2021. It's worth them applying even if they weren't living in Ukraine by 31 December 2021 - the Home Office will consider their application.

What financial support is available for Ukraine refugees? ›

Universal Credit – this could support you if you are on a low income, out of work or unable to work due to a health condition or disability. Housing Benefit – if you are aged over 66 and you live in rented accommodation, this can help you pay your rent if you're on a low income, or claiming benefits.

Is Ukraine visa easy to get? ›

A Ukraine visa takes about 10 days to process. If you choose a rush or expedited processing time, the visa could be issued in 5 working days, but the fee will be higher. The processing time, however, also depends on the embassy or consulate in which you apply, and in some cases, may take longer.

How much is Ukraine visa fee? ›

Ukraine's Embassies/Consulates abroad charge $65.00 (basic visa fee) for processing visa applications via regular service. Fees are doubled for all applications filed upon expedited service.

Can I sponsor a Ukrainian friend in UK? ›

Support for Ukrainian refugees in the UK

You are eligible if you are a Ukrainian national or the immediate family member of a Ukrainian national, and were resident in Ukraine before 1 January 2022. Under the Ukraine refugee sponsorship scheme, Ukrainian refugees will be able to stay in the UK for three years.

How do I claim 200 in Ukrainian? ›

If you have arrived through the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, your local council will provide you with £200 per guest, which you do not need to pay back. You need to contact your local council to claim this payment. If you are unsure who your local council is, you can search for it using find your local council.

Can you sponsor a Ukrainian family? ›

If you wish to provide support to a Ukrainian beneficiary under the Uniting for Ukraine process, you must file a new Form I-134, Declaration of Financial Support, even if you already submitted a prior Form I-134, Affidavit of Support, with your pending Form I-131.

Do you get paid to host a Ukraine family? ›

30 September 2022

The hosts have been receiving £350 a month from the Government since their guests arrived on the Homes for Ukraine visa scheme. The first of 79 groups arrived in Portsmouth in mid-April. Hosts will receive enhanced monthly payments after they have had the guests in their home for six months.

Can I sponsor a Friends visa? ›

You can sponsor your friend's immigration petition financially. Being a financial sponsor to an immigrant can make a big difference to their application and can be the difference between being approved or rejected. You can sponsor your friend financially by providing a Form I-864, Affidavit of Support.

How do I sponsor a Ukraine refugee? ›

How to access support if you're sponsoring a Ukrainian refugee
  1. Register your interest at www.gov.uk/homes-for-ukraine.
  2. The sponsor and refugee will find each other and agree to a match.
  3. The sponsor or the refugee fills out the single visa application form online using both parties' details.

Do Ukrainian refugees get paid? ›

Refugees get their subsistence allowance from the municipality where they are registered. They receive the money in their bank account, on a money card, in cash or in goods.

Can I offer a room to a Ukrainian refugee? ›

A sponsor must be able to provide accommodation and integration support for the refugee. Accommodation could come in the form of a spare room or even a spare house, if people own vacant buildings. People will not be required to provide meals to the refugees however they can if they like.

How do I claim 350 for Ukrainian refugees? ›

If you're taking part in the Homes for Ukraine scheme as a sponsor, you can apply for an optional 'thank you' payment of £350 per month, for as long as the guest remains in your accommodation for up to 12 months. This payment will be tax free and should not affect your Council Tax status or entitlement to benefits.

How long are Ukrainian visa applications taking? ›

May 2022 Update: UKVI is prioritising Ukraine Visa Scheme applications. It may take up to 24 weeks to receive a decision for people applying to join family in the UK.

Which country is visa free to Ukraine? ›

Visa requirements
CountryVisa requirementAllowed stay
DominicaVisa not required90 days
Dominican RepublicVisa not required90 days
EcuadorVisa not required90 days
EgypteVisa / Visa on arrival30 days
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What does it cost to get a visa? ›

The application fee for the most common nonimmigrant visa types is $160. This includes tourist, business, student and exchange visas. Most petition-based visas, such as work and religious visas, are $190. K visas cost $265 and the fee amount for E visas is $205.

How can I get work permit in Ukraine? ›

Requirements to Obtain Ukraine Work Visas
  1. Application.
  2. Copy of the passport with personal details.
  3. A passport-sized color photo of the employee.
  4. A copy of the employment contract with your certification.
  5. Documents confirming you have the power to represent the employee.

How many Ukraine visas are granted? ›

Total Ukraine Scheme visas issued to people: 196,200
SchemeVisas issuedApplications withdrawn
UKR Family Scheme56,4009,100
UKR Sponsorship Scheme139,80013,300
Totals196,20022,400
3 Nov 2022

How can I help a Ukrainian family? ›

  1. Overview. ...
  2. Financial donations. ...
  3. Offer a home to refugees from Ukraine already in Wales. ...
  4. Sponsor someone in Ukraine to come to the UK. ...
  5. Ukraine Family Scheme. ...
  6. Short term Airbnb.org stays. ...
  7. Volunteering. ...
  8. Translation and interpretation support.
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How much does it cost to sponsor a friend to UK? ›

For a small or charitable sponsor, the Immigration Skills Charge is £364 for the first year and £182 for each additional six months. So the cost of sponsoring someone for five years would be £1,820. For a medium or large sponsor, the charge is £1,000 for the first year and £500 for each additional six months.

Can I sponsor a Ukrainian orphan? ›

Sponsor An Orphan

For only $35 per month you can build the foundation these children need! Please consider changing the world for just one by sponsoring an aged out orphan. Visit our Facebook album to learn more.

Do you get 350 per Ukrainian person? ›

Council tax discounts will not be affected if you sponsor and host a household from Ukraine in your home. We are offering a £350 a month 'thank you' payment to all sponsors – this will not affect any council tax discounts.

How much money can you take out of Ukraine? ›

You may bring into or take out of Ukraine any amount of cash up to 10,000 Euro, or equivalent in other currencies (including Ukrainian currency), by verbally reporting it to the customs officer.

How can I get money for relief in Ukraine? ›

How to Donate to Organizations in Ukraine
  1. Donate to the Ukrainian Red Cross here.
  2. Donate to World Central Kitchen here.
  3. Donate directly to GlobalGiving's Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund here.
  4. Donate directly to Vostok SOS via bank transfer.
  5. Credit card payments are also accepted through Libereco, a Vostok SOS partner.
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Can I volunteer to host a Ukrainian family? ›

Under the government's scheme, you must be willing to act as a sponsor for a Ukrainian individual or family, committed to hosting them for six months, and to apply for the visa on their behalf. – Your own passport details so that DBS and/or Enhanced DBS checks can be carried out against your name.

How do I sponsor a refugee? ›

There is currently no way to sponsor a refugee to come to the U.S., but there are other ways you can help. U.S. citizens have a certain amount of power to sponsor foreign-born people to obtain visas for permanent U.S. residence, otherwise known as green cards.

Can I go to Ukraine to help? ›

We understand many people want to help Ukraine and those suffering from ongoing Russian aggression. We strongly advise against U.S. citizens traveling to Ukraine. Please see the below resources on ways you can safely contribute.

How do I host a Ukrainian refugee? ›

At UkraineTakeShelter.com, you click a button labeled “to host refugees, click here,” and are prompted to create an account similar to an Airbnb account. Hosts do not have to list their precise location, just their nearest city and their contact information.

How much do you get paid to take in Ukrainian family? ›

Is the Government providing help? Yes. A £350 a month “thank you” will be paid by the Government to those who have taken in Ukrainian refugees.

Can I offer to house a refugee? ›

There are two main ways that you can rent your home to newly arrived refugees. You can offer your property to a Community Sponsorship Group or you can offer it to your council (if they are participating in a resettlement scheme).

Who can sponsor you for a visa? ›

Family Based Immigration

To be eligible to apply for an IV, a foreign citizen must be sponsored by an immediate relative who is at least 21 years of age and is either a U.S. citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (that is, a green-card holder).

How much is it to sponsor someone for a visa? ›

How Much Does It Cost to Sponsor a Visa? In general, a visa sponsorship costs approximately $4000 but may cost $8-9,000 if a company has more than fifty employees and 50% of those employees are foreign nationals.

What family members can I sponsor? ›

US citizens can sponsor their parents, spouse, sons and daughters (minors and adults, unmarried or married), and siblings. Lawful Permanent Residents can sponsor their spouse, minor children and unmarried adult sons and daughters.

Can I host a Ukrainian family UK? ›

Introduction. The Ukraine Family Scheme allows applicants to join family members or extend their stay in the UK. It is free to apply. Your family members will be able to live, work and study in the UK and access public funds.

Can Ukrainian refugees get housing benefit? ›

Ukrainian nationals who have recourse to public funds will be entitled to claim benefits such as Universal Credit, Housing Benefit, Pension Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Child Disability Living Allowance and Carers Allowance and Attendance Allowance.

What benefits are Ukrainian refugees getting? ›

Ukrainian refugees who arrive in Ireland are entitled to social welfare payments of €208 per week, while they are also entitled to Child Benefit.

Do Ukrainian refugees get free travel? ›

Who is eligible for free travel under the Ukrainian refugee free travel scheme? You'll be eligible for free travel if you're a Ukrainian that's arrived into the UK within the last 48 hours. How long is the Ukrainian refugee railway travel scheme valid for? The journey can be claimed within 48 hours of arrival.

Can I host a refugee? ›

12. Is hosting a refugee or asylum seeker legal? Yes, as long as the guest is engaged with the asylum process or has right to remain. All of our guests have to be, so for most hosts there are no legal issues.

How can I help a refugee family? ›

How can I help refugees and people seeking asylum?
  1. Sign our Every Refugee Matters pledge. We want to see a more compassionate way to support refugees. ...
  2. Take part in Miles for Refugees. This June, every mile counts. ...
  3. Volunteer to help refugees. ...
  4. Use our teaching resources. ...
  5. Buy products designed by refugees.

What is Airbnb offering to Ukrainian refugees? ›

Airbnb.org and Airbnb are announcing that Airbnb.org will offer free, short-term housing to up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine. These stays will be funded by Airbnb, Inc., donors to the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund, and the generosity of Hosts through Airbnb.org.

Can I help Ukrainian refugee? ›

Make a donation - send help now

With teams across the country, UNHCR is providing protection and humanitarian assistance, including emergency shelter, relief items such as blankets, and protection such as psychological support. Donations are urgently needed to help refugees from Ukraine and displaced people.

How do Ukrainian refugees get their 200? ›

After your sponsor has confirmed your arrival, the council will arrange for a pre-payment card, loaded with the £200 for you and each of your children.

What is the 350 thank you payment for? ›

This is to help cover things like an increase in energy bills. You can get the payment each month you host for up to 12 months. You can only get one payment for any residential address – no matter many people you host.

Can I travel to Ukraine right now 2022? ›

Security situation. We continue to advise you do not travel to Ukraine due to the volatile security environment and military conflict. If you're currently in Ukraine, we urge you to depart if it's safe to do so.

Can you fly to Ukraine right now? ›

Do not travel to Ukraine due to Russia's full-scale invasion. The Department of State continues to advise that U.S. citizens not travel to Ukraine due to active armed conflict.

Is Ukraine visa open for Pakistan? ›

Confirm if transit visa is required for any connections.

Please refer to visa requirements of the specific country. Ukraine visa for citizens of Pakistan is required. For more information please contact the nearest Ukraine embassy.

Is Kyiv airport open? ›

On 24 February 2022, Ukraine closed airspace to civilian flights due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany)
Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) Міжнародний аеропорт «Київ» (Жуляни)
IATA: IEV ICAO: UKKK WMO: 33345
Summary
Airport typePublic / Military
OwnerCity of Kyiv/Govt. of Ukraine
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Is Kiev safe to visit? ›

The FCDO advises against all travel to Ukraine. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is ongoing, with attacks against a number of major cities. Several towns and cities in southern and eastern Ukraine are temporarily under Russian control. There is a real risk to life.

Is the Ukrainian border open? ›

Martial law is in effect in Ukraine and air traffic has been suspended, however, the entry and exit of foreign citizens by land is allowed. Checkpoints on the border with Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova are open and safe.

Can I go to Russia right now? ›

Do not travel to Russia due to the unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces, the potential for harassment against U.S. citizens by Russian government security officials, the singling out of U.S. citizens in Russia by Russian government security officials including for detention, the ...

How long is the wait time for a visa? ›

As of November 2022, the median worldwide wait time for a tourist visa (B1/B2) interview appointment is about two months, and applicants with urgent travel needs who meet certain criteria can apply for an emergency appointment, usually available within days.

How long is the visa wait? ›

If a visa application is approved during a visa interview, the average processing time is 7-10 working days. At least a further 2-3 workdays should be allowed for delivery.

How long does visa approval take? ›

It usually takes about two to three weeks. For some applicants, evaluation will require a longer period of time. Please note that no refund of visa application fee will be made if the visa application is denied or if the visa is approved after the applicant's scheduled departure.

Is Pakistani visa open? ›

Pakistan Online Visa System is now open for the citizens of 191 Countries! Moreover, citizens from 65 Countries are eligible to apply for Visa in your Inbox under Tourist Category and the citizens from 103 Countries are eligible to apply for Visa in your Inbox under Business Category.

Which country is visa free for Pakistani passport? ›

Pakistan visa-free countries list
CountryVisa required
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Samoa
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