Government schemes for Ukrainian Refugees

Visa Support

The UK Government provides UK Visa support for Ukraine nationals and has produced a Welcome Guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK.

Homes for Ukraine Scheme

The Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme, which asks people to offer space in their homes for those fleeing the war has been launched. This will allow individuals, charities, community groups and businesses in the UK to bring Ukrainians to safety – including those with no family ties to the country:

Ukrainian people arriving under this scheme will be able to live and work in the UK for up to three years and access benefits, healthcare, employment and other support.

Ukraine Family Scheme

The Ukraine Family Scheme allows family members of British nationals, UK settled persons and certain others to come to or stay in the UK. To apply to the scheme the applicant must:

  • be applying to join or accompany your UK-based family member; and
  • be Ukrainian or the immediate family member of a Ukrainian national who is applying to the scheme; and
  • have been residing in the Ukraine on or immediately before 1 January 2022 (including those who have now left Ukraine).

If you are a Cambridgeshire resident intending to or already hosting members of your family as part of the Ukraine Family Scheme, please register using this form. This will help to link you to the services which you may need.

How do I register my interest in the Homes for Ukraine Scheme?

People or organisations wanting to be sponsors under the Homes for Ukraine scheme can now register their interest here.

How does the matching process happen through the Homes for Ukraine Scheme?

If you already know a Ukrainian national (or immediate family member) who you want to sponsor, you can help them apply for a visa under the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme. If they do not have a sponsor, they will be matched with people or organisations who have recorded their interest through the Homes for Ukraine Scheme. There are a number of organisations on a local and national level who are involved in matching. The Reset Communities and Refugees Charity has a matching service. Apply to be matched to a refugee to sponsor here.

Sponsor Guidance

The government has published guidance that outlines important information including the responsibilities of sponsors and how sponsors may support their guests.

Support for people with pets

The Government has also put in place support for people fleeing Ukraine and entering the UK with their pets. Using an emergency licence, people fleeing Ukraine can bring their pets to the UK with any quarantine costs met by the Government. The Animal and Plant Health Agency is providing quick licence approvals and quarantine arrangements to avoid creating additional burdens or delays. The Government will also be covering their vaccination, microchipping and quarantine costs, recognising that many individuals from Ukraine will not have been able to complete the full health preparations required for their pet on arrival. 

Week one guidance

The Government has produced guidance for Ukrainian guests arriving in the UK with details of services that may be useful during the first week of arrival: