UK refugee schemes

Guidance for Ukrainian nationals and their family members to come to the UK under the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme.

Step 1: Read the information about the Homes for Ukraine Scheme to decide if you would like to come to the UK.

Overview

The Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme allows Ukrainian nationals and their family members to come to the UK if they have a named sponsor who can provide accommodation.

Welcome Churches will try to find a sponsor for you from a UK church.

It is free to apply.

You will be able to live, work and study in the UK and access public funds.

For more information use the following links: Homes for Ukraine or Homes for Ukraine scheme: frequently asked questions

Eligibility

To apply to the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme you must be Ukrainian, or the immediate family member of a Ukrainian national, and either:

  • 18 or older on the date of application
  • under 18 years old and applying with your parent or legal guardian, or to join them in the UK

You must also:

  • have been residing in Ukraine on or immediately before 1 January 2022 (including those who have now left Ukraine)
  • be outside of the UK
  • have an eligible UK-based sponsor

Welcome Churches will try to find a sponsor for you from a UK church. 

How long you can stay

You can stay in the UK for up to 3 years.

Fees

It is free to apply.

You do not need to pay the immigration health surcharge or biometric enrolment fee.

Step 2: Fill out Welcome Churches’ referral form with a volunteer.

Step 3: Welcome Churches will review the information provided in your form and try to find a sponsor for you from a UK church in their network. 

Step 4: Welcome Churches will suggest a sponsor from a UK church in their network and put you in contact with them.

Step 5: You will be responsible for contacting your match to discuss sponsorship and to decide together if you are happy to move on to step 6.

Step 6: If you would like to proceed with sponsorship with your match, you and your sponsor will be responsible for filling in the Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme visa application.

Note: sponsors are not required to pay for transportation to the UK, however if you discuss it with them some may be willing to help. Ukrainians can also access a free journey on National Rail and most other public transport once arrived in the UK to get to their host accommodation. You can find information about this here.

Welcome Churches cannot guarantee that a suitable connection will be made and we are not responsible for the vetting and managing of the application process for either hosts or families. This service is intended to provide churches with a potential named family to connect with and start the visa application process.

Other resources:

Welcome Churches website provides information and guidance for Ukrainians about life in the UK.

Welcome to the Church (English)

Welcome to the Church (Ukrainian)

Trauma and Wellbeing resources, in Ukrainian and Russian:

Trauma and Wellbeing – Ukrainian

Trauma and Wellbeing – Russian