The information here is designed to help Hosts operating under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme. Ukrainian nationals arriving under the families scheme are, at the moment, treated a little differently so should not rely on the information here.
For ease of use, we will refer to sponsors as “Hosts” and Ukrainians being sponsored as ‘Guests’.
This information has been prepared by local volunteers in an attempt to understand and help make sense of a fast-evolving and, at times, chaotic situation. We’ve obviously tried to be accurate but details may change at short notice so please treat this information as lay-man's advice rather than official advice.
The information here is primarily designed to help hosts understand what hosting entails and how to set yourself up as a host.
The Berkhamsted and Tring Hosting Network (BATUHN) has other documents we can share with you to help with the next steps in your hosting journey once you have decided to continue with the process.
Things to consider
While it may sound obvious, choosing to share your home with someone else is no small decision, and while admirable that you want to help someone escape the crisis in Ukraine, you should consider whether this is right for you and your family (or whoever you live with) before you sign up.
Some things to consider ahead of signing up for the scheme are (but by no means limited to):
BATUHN can provide guidance and support in a number of these areas, as well as translators if required - you won’t have to figure it out on your own, but your guests remain your responsibility.
Once you’ve registered for the Homes for Ukraine scheme, and your Guest has applied for a visa, you should automatically receive an email from your local council. This email is hugely helpful and well worth reading. It includes information on:
Once the application has been processed the Guest will receive an official permission letter from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) confirming they can travel to UK. This permission letter will allow the Guest to board a plane or other form of transport to the UK. Guests should not attempt to travel to the UK until they have received the official permission letter.
NB: Guests are waiting anything from a few days to seven weeks for a visa. It can be a slow and expensive process. BATUHN does have funds available to contribute towards accommodation and transport while waiting on visas, but there is a cap per family to help us help as many as we can. Visit the donate page for more information.
If you’d still like to become a host, we recommend registering with RESET: www.homesforukraine.org.uk/
And also the Ukrainian Government's recommended matching website: https://prykhystok.gov.ua/