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The team at Granite Immigration Law would like to express solidarity with our Ukrainian clients and their family members as well as the Ukrainian community here on the island of Ireland and across the UK. We are watching events escalate with deep concern and apprehension for the people of Ukraine. We will keep a close eye on any developments in terms of entry requirements for Ukrainian nationals to Ireland and the UK. Latest announcements regarding entry requirements are set out below:

Ireland:

https://www.thejournal.ie/irish-ukraine-simon-coveney-5691785-Feb2022/

IRELAND is to waive visa requirements for all Ukrainian people who travel to Ireland following the Russian invasion of the country.

Britain:

https://www.politico.eu/article/uk-eases-visa-rules-for-brits-closest-relatives-fleeing-ukraine/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-60497139

The U.K. is temporarily easing visa rules for relatives of British nationals fleeing Ukraine as the government continues to urge them to leave the country amid fears of a Russian invasion.

Immediate relatives of British nationals applying for a visa through the U.K.’s family migration route are being exempted from application fees, and will not need to meet the scheme’s requirements for a minimum income and English-language skills. The exemption applies to spouses, civil or unmarried partners, and children under the age of 18 whose parent is not British.

Granite Immigration Law

Granite Immigration Law is part of Granite Legal Services which is a newly established business law practice in Newry City. Our solicitors are UK / Irish dual qualified. We have a dedicated immigration team working on individual and business immigration matters covering a wide range of matters from citizenship to employment permits and EU Treaty Rights.