More hosts are needed for the Homes for Ukraine Scheme.
Please contact Cornwall Council Resettlement Service to register your interest.
As the war in Ukraine continues more refugee families are arriving in the UK. All are in need of accommodation.
There were many expressions of interest to become hosts at the start of the conflict. Some of these proved to be unsuitable as accommodation providers.
For others, their circumstances have changed, and they can no longer offer accommodation to Ukrainian refugee families. Some existing hosts are unable to extend their current accommodation offer.
We are continuing to work with government and other agencies to match families with hosts after completing safeguarding and suitability checks.
We are also managing rematches for families whose current placement has ended and are in need of new host accommodation.
Please email ResettlementService@cornwall.gov.uk with any questions about the scheme.
We're supporting the government’s initiative to offer homes to refugees, given the harrowing situation they are facing.
Homes for Ukraine Scheme
This scheme is open for visa applications from Ukrainians and immediate family members. Who already have named people willing to sponsor them.
They do not need a family tie to take part in this scheme, but they must be sponsored by an individual or organisation in the UK.
You can record your interest as an
- or as an organisation (for example charity, business, community group)
Once registered, you will be regularly updated as the scheme develops.
Who can apply to host a Ukrainian refugee?
People in the UK will be able to apply to host a refugee or refugees through the government website (homes for Ukraine) – link above.
You must be able to host them in your own home or in another property, for at least six months.
Charities, businesses and community groups can also apply.
Those offering to host a refugee will be vetted by the government. Ukrainian applicants will also undergo security checks before they are matched with a host.
The government have not restricted the number of Ukrainians who can arrive under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme.
Do you have to know the refugee you want to host?
No, you will not be required to know them in advance.
You don't have to name an individual or a family you want to host when you complete the application form.
How will the scheme be funded?
Hosts in Cornwall will be offered £500 per household, per month to open their homes to refugees. With increased funding for hosts supporting larger families.
What rights will the refugees have?
Ukrainians welcomed under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme will:
- be eligible to work
- access state benefits
- access public services for three years
All accommodation offered will be subject to the relevant safeguarding checks carried out at a local level.
The Ukraine Family Scheme
This scheme opened from 4th March.
It allows applicants to join family members or extend their stay in the UK.
It is free to apply.
The Ukraine Family Scheme Visa application process can be found on the Government website.
Successful applicants will be able to
- and study
in the UK and access public funds.
To apply to the Ukraine Family Scheme people must:
- be applying to join or accompany their UK-based family member;
- be Ukrainian or the immediate family member of a Ukrainian national who is applying to the scheme;
- have been residing in Ukraine on or immediately before 1 January 2022 (including those who have now left Ukraine)
There is a 24/7 free helpline +44 808 164 8810 (0808 164 8810 if you’re in the UK).
If you cannot contact UK 0808 numbers, please use +44 (0)175 390 7510.
Most issues can be resolved online, it's the quickest and most convenient way to get help.