We have FAQs to help to provide information on how we can welcome and support those fleeing from Ukraine. These reflect information provided by the UK or Scottish Government. There are a few different routes that Ukraine arrivals fleeing their homes can use to travel to the UK. This may be through
- the Homes for Ukraine Scheme
- the Scottish Super Sponsor scheme
- the Ukraine Family Scheme
More information on each of these schemes are below.
Homes for Ukraine and Super Sponsorship schemes
Please visit our Homes for Ukraine page for more information.Back To Top
Please visit our Super Sponsorship page for more information.Back To Top
A sponsor can be anyone in the UK (of any nationality and any immigration status, providing they have at least 6 months leave to remain in the UK) with a spare room, or separate, unoccupied self-contained accommodation.Back To Top
Any Ukrainian national or the immediate family member of a Ukrainian national, who was resident in Ukraine prior to 1 January 2022 is eligible. Those arriving under this scheme will be able to live and work in the UK for up to 3 years and access healthcare, benefits, employment support, education, and English language tuition.Back To Top
If you've found a guest and they need visa permission travel, visit here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-visa-under-the-ukraine-sponsorship-scheme
If you wish to offer accommodation and be matched with a guest, visit here: https://www.mygov.scot/homes-for-ukraine-scotland-super-sponsor-schemeBack To Top
Under the Homes for Ukraine scheme people from Ukraine need to already be matched with a host or “sponsor” in the UK before they can travel here. Under the Scottish Super Sponsor Scheme, which is also known as the ‘Warm Scots Welcome’ Programme, the Scottish Government act as the “sponsor” meaning that anyone from Ukraine can come to Scotland.
Scottish Government's Super Sponsor Scheme has been paused meaning new visas cannot be submitted, however offers of sponsor accommodation to support the scheme can still be made by visiting here: https://www.mygov.scot/homes-for-ukraine-scotland-super-sponsor-scheme
More information on the Scottish Super Sponsor Scheme can be found here
- You and anyone aged 16 and over in your household, must agree to an enhanced Disclosure Scotland check, including an ID check
- You must agree to a home visit, which will be carried out by Fife Council, to assess the suitability of the accommodation offered
- You must check with your mortgage lender that you can use your property as a sponsor or, if you are renting you need the agreement of your landlord
- You must notify your home insurance provider
- You need to be able to provide suitable accommodation for a minimum of 6 months
- You should try to support and help your guests to adapt to life in Scotland
- Sponsors should help direct their guests to public services, for example, registering with a GP or NHS dentist
All sponsors (Homes for Ukraine and Scottish Super Sponsor scheme) are expected to make sure that, on arrival, their guests have enough food and supplies such as toiletries. They should check to make sure they have access to a mobile phone and internet to stay in touch with family members.
They should help them settle into the local area, and make sure they know how to access any public services, such as GPs, dentists and schools.
If you are not part of the Scottish Super Sponsor scheme you should try to stay in contact with your guests before they arrive. You are responsible for helping to organise and co-ordinate their arrival in the UK. You should arrange to meet them on arrival and help with any transfer to accommodation.
Ukrainians arriving in the country as part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme are eligible for a single onward journey via national rail, bus, light rail, and coach. This will be free of charge to anywhere in England, Scotland and Wales. Further information is available at - https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ukraine.Back To Top
Firstly, you can record your interest via the UK Government portal. The UK Government has stated that charities, businesses and faith and community groups will have a big role to play in connecting people from Ukraine with those who wish to sponsor, along with welcoming refugees feeling the conflict.
In future phases, the UK and Scottish Governments will help organisations to allow them to sponsor individuals directly, but at the current phase only named contacts can be Sponsors.
No – if anyone asks you to pay a fee it will likely be a scam and should be reported.Back To Top
What security checks are required for unaccompanied children and protected adults arriving from Ukraine?
The requirements on security checks will not apply to unaccompanied children and protected adults arriving from Ukraine. Separate arrangements for their care are being urgently considered, and further guidance is expected soon. Unaccompanied children will not be placed with sponsors through the Homes for Ukraine or Super Sponsorship schemes.Back To Top
Ukraine Family Scheme
Anyone fleeing Ukraine can come to live with family members who are already resident in the UK. Family members do not need to be official sponsors. Those coming to the UK should apply for a Ukraine Family Scheme visa instead.Back To Top
What differences are there between the Family Scheme and other sponsorship schemes, like Homes for Ukraine and Super Sponsorship?
Ukrainians who arrive through the Family Scheme, and their family members who welcome them, are not part of the Homes for Ukraine or Super Sponsorship schemes. The following are important differences to be aware of. For those who arrive through the Family Visa Scheme:
- Our Local Authority cannot provide an initial £200 per person payment
- Our Local Authority does not carry out a property check or Disclosure Scotland check
- The optional £350 ‘thank you’ payment cannot be paid to a family member
- The exemptions in place relating to Benefits and Council Tax do not apply under the Family Visa scheme
Our Local Authority cannot provide the same type of assistance under the Family Visa scheme, as the Government has different arrangements in place for this.
If any additional advice or assistance is needed, for anyone arriving under the Family Visa scheme, the usual Fife Council and national services are available.
- Register for Universal Credit as soon possible on arrival.
- Start a claim by visiting the nearest JobCentre Plus, locations can be found here.
- Or start a claim online here.
- Call the Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 5644 13, and you’ll get free support from trained advisers to make a claim.
- Try the Help to Claim service provided by Citizens Advice.
- As well as UK Government benefits, as families may be entitled to wider benefits available through Social Security Scotland. For more information on the range of benefits available visit here.
- To speak with an advisor about Social Security Scotland benefits, call their helpline 0800 182 2222 – interpretation services are available. Translated factsheets can also be found here
- If immediate financial assistance is needed, a request for advance payment of Universal Credit can be requested, however if faced with destitution, please contact Social Work on 03451 55 15 03.
- To access English language lessons, contact our English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) service by emailing email@example.com or call 0800 7835161.
- Free, independent, confidential, and impartial advice is also available to anyone through Citizen Advice, click here for more information.
- For information on housing options in Fife, please visit www.fifehousingregister.org.uk
- For further information and advice about immigration status, please refer to our ‘National source of advice’ & other advice providers in the ‘Other help’ sections
For more information on Homes for Ukraine: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/homes-for-ukraine-scheme-frequently-asked-questions
Scottish Government Guidance for Hosts - Super Sponsor Scheme and Homes for Ukraine: guidance for hosts - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)