More information on finding a sponsor here.
The sponsor host is under no obligation to provide you with more than a home but we expect many will wish to do as much as they can to make you feel as welcome as they can but that will be a decision for each sponsor host.
Yes, the visa application submission is free.
Yes, you can apply for the program without speaking English. Our Ukrainian consultants can assist you with filling in the form. Book an appointment with one of our consultants here.
Working together, USPUK and our partners Citizens UK are now able to provide to displaced Ukrainians up to 1000 free tickets on routes served by Wizz Air from Poland, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary to destinations in the UK. Find out more here.
The entry stamp you received on entry to the UK provides evidence of your right to stay in the UK but is valid for the first six months only. To extend your stay for up to the three years allowed under this scheme, you will need to apply for a Biometric Residence Permit within 6 months of your arrival in the UK. More info here
You can apply for a visa online if you do not have an international passport but you will have to attend a visa application centre (VAC) to submit alternative documents before your visa will be issued. This applies to children as well. You can make an appointment at a VAC here:https://pos.tlscontact.com/
Children over 5 need a passport. Children under 5 that do not hold a valid Ukrainian international passport will need to attend a VAC appointment to have a digital photograph taken.As with adults, children without an international passport may apply online but will have to attend a visa application centre (VAC) to submit alternative documents before a visa can be issued. This means that if you as the adult has an international passport but your child does not you will have to attend a VAC.https://pos.tlscontact.com/
If you hold a valid Ukrainian international passport or an expired Ukrainian international passport with a formal extension stamp issued by the Ukrainian government, you will need to complete an application online, but you do not need to attend an appointment at a visa application centre (VAC) to give your biometric information.
Yes. Everyone applying for a visa must submit a separate application including children.
Yes if you are eligible you may apply from any country in Europe and travel from that country.
No you must have been in Ukraine prior to the 1st January 2022.
We are aware that some people have submitted applications under the UK's family scheme which is different from this sponsorship scheme and their family member can no longer accommodate them. There is nothing to stop you cancelling your first application providing you have not already received an acknowledgment that your visa application is being processed and re submitting but you are advised to cancel your first application by calling +44 808 164 8810 and selecting option 3. This helpline is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. If you have submitted an application under this sponsorship scheme and your sponsor is no longer willing to host you or you wish to change your mind about your sponsor please also call the number above and it can be cancelled as above. To cancel you will need to provide your name, your date of birth, your contact details and the refernce number of your visa application. We are checking what can be done if you have already received a confirmation that your application is acknowledged.
It is currently not possible to switch between schemes after arrival into the UK. However, where the family in the UK cannot offer accommodation and there is a sponsor available who can provide accommodation, they may apply through the Homes for Ukraine scheme before arriving to the UK.
We understand that the UK Government is now able to process visas more quickly than before so we hope to see visas being issued in greater numbers soon but we will update this when we have more information.
You will be contacted shortly after your arrival to explain how to provide this information. You will not need to provide this immediately, but you must have completed your application and provided the biometric information required within your first six months. Information can be provided using the UK Immigration: ID Check app or at one of our applications centres in the UK.
Yes, you do but a sponsor can be an individual or an organisation. Scotland and Wales (countries that form part of the UK) can act as a sponsor if you would like to go to one of these countries. If you want to come to England or Northern Ireland you will need to have a named individual sponsor to apply for your visa.
There are 3 ways to get a sponsor in the UK
Please be aware that if you find a match through another organisation, or through social media, it is your responsibility to make sure this is a suitable match and that your sponsor will be prepared to welcome you and provide you with the support you need. You should also acknowledge that the government could decline this match, making the process longer for you.
Yes - you will have to include information about your sponsor including proof of identity and other information about their home and circumstances. For more information please see the Ukrainian translation of the the visa application.
The UK Government is responsible for checking that your host sponsor's home is a safe place for you to be. That will include various checks to be carried out on the host/ sponsor and an inspector should visit the property you will be staying in. There is no guarantee that your host /sponsor will be someone you are comfortable living with - so you should be careful in choosing your sponsor match if you are doing that yourself.
If you have not already submitted biometric data to the UK Government (eg. on a previous visit to the UK or following a visit to a visa application centre) you will be issued a temporary 6 months visa which will allow you to travel to the UK. You will then be required to submit your biometrics anytime within the first six months in the UK and your visa will be extended to three years in total including the time you have already been in the UK.
Yes, of course, many Ukrainians will want to return home as soon as they can, and nothing will stop them. We cannot tell you at this stage whether it will be free and which route you will be able to return home. We will continue to provide you with updated information if and when it becomes available.
Your family members may come to the UK under the UK sponsorship scheme providing they are Ukrainian and were in the Ukraine before 1st January 2022. The same rules and processes will apply to them as to you.
Your sponsor is only committed to providing you with a home. Some sponsors may wish to help more but that is their individual choice and they are not obliged. That is why you will be provided with financial benefits if you do not have a job or other income.
All children and young people arriving under these schemes have the right to access education and childcare whilst in the UK. The best place for all school-age children to be educated is in schools, and attending school is vital to help newly arrived children integrate as quickly as possible into the communities in which they are living.Children arriving from Ukraine will have no specific additional priority for admission, but the council is under a duty to offer advice to parents on the school application process and should advise them where vacancies exist and how to apply.Where there are no vacancies in local schools, the council should use its in-year fair-access protocol to place any children (including children arriving from Ukraine) into schools, above those schools’ normal capacity where necessary, as permitted by the School Admissions Code.
The Welcome Pack for those arriving from Ukraine contains advice on accessing education and childcare, in the section ‘Childcare and Education Services’. See more general advice on school admissions.Any families returning to or moving to the UK should speak to the council school admission team in their chosen areas for information on how to apply for a school place. Councils should support parents in choosing schools, which includes providing information on where schools have vacancies and how to apply. As a sponsor you may wish to support them to do this.Families in England can contact their local council to find:state-funded schools in their areaadmission criteria for the schools they’re interested in.The process is different if families live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
In England, we would expect that children begin attending school shortly after arriving in an area and councils should help families arriving from Ukraine to apply for school places and to inform parents which schools have places.Schools’ admission arrangements apply in the normal way. When parents apply for a school place, the School Admissions Code states that admission authorities should aim to notify parents of the outcome of an application for a school within 10 school days and that they must do so within 15 school days.Please see the following links for further information about school admissions arrangements in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
No - you have complete freedom of movement. You may choose to live wherever you wish. So if you arrive in London and you get a job in another city you can move whenever you want.
The sponsorship scheme assumes no rent will be paid until the end of the sponsorship.Where someone wishes to rent privately, or when the sponsorship ends, guests will have access to public funds and will be able to rent a property like anyone else. If they need to, they’ll be able to claim the housing part of Universal Credit or Housing Benefit. The UK government has useful information on renting property which is available in the How to Rent Guide.
Once you have received your visa extension you will be able to stay in the UK for up to three years.You will:
We are unable to answer that as it will depend on the situation at the time.
The host sponsor has committed to providing you with a home for six months but of course this may not be possible for a range of reasons. If you have been matched through Citizens UK or another credible organisation they will be better placed to assist you, relocate to another sponsor or find an alternative solution to your needs. If you have not found a sponsor through a credible organisation you can go through the Citizens UK process. Click here to find out more.
The benefits you will receive will depend on your situation, (age, number of children, any disabilities, etc). You will receive the same benefits as any UK citizen in your situation which you can find out more about here:https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit/what-youll-getYou will also be entitled to housing benefits once you have left your sponsor's home.
A number of universities are making places available to allow Ukrainians to continue their studies. The entry requirements will vary amongst different universities.
The UK has a free medical care system available to all its citizens that you will be able to benefit from.
There will be support given to Ukrainians wishing to find work by the UK Government's Work and Pensions Department and its agencies.
This will depend on the skills you have. Unemployment levels are relatively low in the UK and there are minimum wage laws that guarantee minimum wage levels depending how old you are and where you live.
The UK is offering a comprehensive package of a home (for at least six months), medical care, education and financial support. If you can wait the time necessary to obtain your visa (assuming you are eligible) then this might be attractive to you. We cannot advise you where to go - but simply let you know what is offered in the UK.
English lessons are on offer from various providers. Local councils can support with signposting to advice and support. Libraries often also offer free access to materials to learn English, and access to physical and online resources in other languages.
You will have to get to the airport yourself. If you are traveling to the UK from Poland, you will be able to use regular trains to Warsaw and Krakow airports.
Yes, you can bring pets but they may have to be quarantined for up to 4 months (at the cost of the government). You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for more information.
You can bring your pet into the UK without it going to quarantine if it has:- been vaccinated against rabies and had a blood test 30 days later to confirm the vaccine worked, and waited 3 months after the blood test to travel to the UK - been microchipped- a pet passport or health certificate- had tapeworm treatmentIf your pet does not meet these requirements, what you must do to bring your pet to the UK depends on when it left Ukraine. Find out more information by clicking here.
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