The British government has launched a new scheme, “Homes for Ukraine”, allowing citizens of Ukraine to come to the UK and be hosted by British families. Under the scheme, Ukrainians will be allowed to remain in the UK for three years. They will have the right to work, receive benefits and access free medical care.
British families are encouraged to offer accommodation to Ukrainians whom they will be hosting for at least six months.
If you need help finding a sponsor family, please click the button below to fill out our application form.
If your family or a small group of people would like to travel together, please designate one person as a “main applicant” and the rest of the group as “additional applicants”.
INTRODUCTION TO HOSTING.
We have put together a team of local volunteers to help with bringing together refugees and hosts. We are not qualified immigration experts, but we will introduce you to each other, help you through the process of being a sponsor, including with translation if necessary and try to answer any questions.
All safeguarding measures (home checks and DBS/Enhanced DBS) are being carried out by local Authority, Birmingham City Council. They will make contact directly to ensure these checks are done.
Also, please ensure you have registered your interest on the government site: https://www.gov.uk/register-interest-homes-ukraine
If you live in Moseley, or the surrounding areas and would like our support, click the button below to apply
VISA APPLICATION PROCESS.
Once we have enabled you to be connected to your Ukrainian refugee(s) and have mutually agreed to proceed to be their Sponsor Host, you’ll need to go to the Government website and complete the simplified Visa application form. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-visa-under-the-ukraine-sponsorship-scheme
This process can take several hours to complete and needs focused time.
By submitting the Visa application you are agreeing to The Government and Local Authority’s safeguarding and security checks. This applies to yourself, anyone over 18 living with you, and your nominated refugee(s).
Helpful pointers / tips before you start
You will need to create a new account for each individual refugee. One tip is to use the same email (i.e. the mum’s email) with a different password for the child to the mum, for example, or you can simply create different accounts using different email addresses (if they have them).
If you are submitting the Visa Application you should select ‘I am submitting the form on behalf of the applicant’ when the question is asked. This is because you are the host sponsor, not the applicant.
All the documentation and information you’ll need to complete the Visa application process is listed below. (Some families may not have access to all these documents- so Government may need to review policy).
Hosts / Sponsors
Passport (for all household members over the age of 18)
Proof of accommodation (Utility bill/bank or credit card statement)
Applicants / Ukrainian Families
International passport (If they do not have a passport they will need to book and attend an appointment at a Visa Application Centre for biometric approval)
Birth certificate for children
Marriage certificate if available
Evidence of residency in Ukraine before the 1st of January 2022 (bank statement, utility bill, letter from work place, letter from University, credit card statement showing transactions, etc)
For children, parental approval letter if only 1 parent is travelling, i.e. father to give permission.
Government Visa Helpline: +44 808 164 8810
LINKS TO USEFUL INFORMATION.
A very helpful set of Government FAQ's on the 'Homes for Ukraine' scheme.
Youtube video of the Sanctuary Foundation – very useful information about the hosting process and how to welcome families
The Times – article on hosting
Free language courses – learn some Ukrainian!
If the family wish to bring a pet