During March 2022, the UK Government introduced new visa
routes to allow persons affected by the war in Ukraine to come
to the UK. You can offer them full time, part time and
Introduced on 4 March 2022, the Ukraine Family Scheme allows applicants to join family members in the UK.
The Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme was introduced on 18 March 2022 and allows Ukrainian nationals and their family members to come to the UK if they have a named sponsor under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme.
The UK government also allowed Ukrainians already in the UK to apply for extensions to stay longer via the Ukraine Extension Scheme. Under this scheme they can live, work and study in the UK if they’re Ukrainian or the close family member of a Ukrainian.
If a Ukrainian job applicant is already in the UK, you will not need to become a sponsor as they will have already been granted a visa. However, if a Ukrainian applicant is not already in the UK, it is possible to sponsor them, but to do so under one of the Ukrainian visa schemes you must be able to provide accommodation for them for a minimum of six months.
As of 15 August 2022, over 115,000 Ukraine Scheme visa holders had arrived in the UK. They should all have a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) that confirms their status and their permission to work and to access public funds.
As an employer you still must do an online check of an applicant’s right to work.
On 24 February 2022 Russian forces crossed the border into Ukraine
prompting a crisis that has seen over 7.7 million people flee
Ukraine, with a further eight million displaced internally. As of
14 October 2022, a total of 20,591 Ukrainians had arrived in
Scotland. You can find more details on the
Scottish Parliament Information Centre
Arrivals through the Ukraine Family Scheme or the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine) do not have formal refugee status but do have the right to work in the UK.
The recruitment of Ukrainian nationals is an option that service providers may wish to consider as a mutually beneficial arrangement. Social services are experiencing a crisis with regards to recruiting and retaining a workforce of adequate size and experience, particularly as recruiting staff from within a local geographical area is proving to be increasingly challenging. Ukrainian nationals are seeking to integrate into our society, and many have valuable skills and experience that can be used in social service settings.
This guide provides employers with some general guidance on international recruitment, as well as links to more detailed information specific to the recruitment of Ukrainian nationals.