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Homes for Ukraine Scheme

In response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the UK government has opened the ‘Homes for Ukraine Scheme’ to allow Ukrainian refugees to come to the UK regardless of whether they have family ties to the UK or not.

In a nutshell the Homes for Ukraine Scheme relies on the generosity of the British public and encourages people of the UK to open their homes to Ukrainian refugees. As a minimum UK sponsors must be able to provide suitable accommodation for at least six months and in return for this generiority sponsors will be offered £350 per month (for up to 12-months). Aside from the provision of accommodation, under this scheme Ukrainians will be granted a 3-year visa to the UK where they will be able to live, stay, work, and access public funds. 

Currently the Homes for Ukraine Scheme is open to Ukrainians who have a named person in the UK willing to sponsor them. If you would like to be part of the scheme but don’t know anyone in need then there are a range of charities and non-government organisations who are ‘matching’ UK sponsors with Ukrainians.

Below is a summary of the requirements:

  • Applicants must either be a Ukrainian national who was a resident in Ukraine prior to 1 January 2022, or they are an immediate family member of these Ukrainian nationals. 
  • Sponsors must be able to provide accommodation for a minimum of six-months. The accommodation on offer must be suitable for occupation.
  • Both Ukrainians and UK sponsors must pass the security checks in place.

 

 

Homes for Ukraine: FAQs

How long can I stay in the UK under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme?

Under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, applicants will be able to stay in the UK for up to 3-years.

 

What if I can no longer act as a sponsor?

If you need to end your sponsorship before the 6-months, then you must inform your local council as soon as possible. Once they have this information, your local council will do their best to find alternative accommodation for your sponsee.

If you don’t wish to continue this arrangement after the minimum term of 6-months then you must let your guests know (give at least a two months notice period) so that they can find alternative arrangements.

 

How many Ukrainians can benefit from this scheme?

The Homes for Ukraine Scheme is uncapped as the UK seeks to welcome as many Ukrainians wishing to come to the UK.

 

What counts as ‘suitable’ accommodation?

To become a successful sponsor, you must be able to provide suitable accommodation. As a minimum this is an empty room which is safe and heated. The guest must also have access to bathroom and kitchen facilities.

 

Can I charge rent?

No, under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme you cannot charge rent. Instead, the government will offer those providing accommodation £350 per month (for up to 12-months).

 

What checks can I expect?

To successfully become a sponsor, there are multiple checks which need to be completed:

  • Households will be checked by your local council to ensure that they are suitable.
  • An Enhanced DBS check may be required if you are hosting children under 18 years old or vulnerable adults.

 

How do I register my interest and become a sponsor?

To register your interest in the scheme then head over to the official site. The scheme is open to everyone, however, visas are currently only being granted to those Ukrainians who have a named sponsor in the UK.