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Super Sponsor Scheme and Homes for Ukraine: guidance for local authorities

Guidance for local authorities on the Scottish Government’s Super Sponsorship Scheme and Scotland’s responsibilities under the UK Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme.


Overview and purpose

The UK Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme relies on individuals in the UK, with at least 6 months leave to remain, acting as a sponsor and matching with people displaced from Ukraine. A second phase of the scheme will enable organisations, such as charities, to match with individuals and groups displaced from Ukraine and undertake the role of sponsor.

The Scottish Government’s Super Sponsor Scheme is a quicker and safer route for displaced people from Ukraine to come to the UK. It removes the need for applicants to be matched prior to being given permission travel to the UK. 

This guide is for local authorities. A Homes for Ukraine super sponsor scheme guide for hosts is available.

By acting as ‘Super Sponsor’, rather than waiting for the UK Government’s matching process, Scotland can provide sanctuary immediately, welcoming significant numbers with the right safeguards in place. Those arriving under Super Sponsor arrangements are encouraged not to accept informal offers of accommodation as these have not been subject to the necessary checks. There is no cap on the numbers we will welcome.  The First Minister has suggested 3,000 as an immediate step on the Scottish Super Sponsor Scheme, and then a fair and proportionate share of the total coming to the UK.

Applications for the Super Sponsor Scheme are done via the UK Government’s Homes for Ukraine portal. The applicant selects ‘The Scottish Government’ when asked for the name of their sponsor and when they are provided with a visa, we can welcome them here.

As with other resettlement schemes, local authorities working in partnership with other statutory service providers have a critical role to play in its success. They are uniquely placed to provide the support required to ensure those arriving are given the warmest possible welcome. This is what Scottish local authorities have done and will continue to do for those who have arrived from many countries through asylum, resettlement and relocation programmes. With the support of the Scottish Government they will continue to do so for people displaced from Ukraine.

This guidance outlines the role of councils in supporting Ukrainian guests who arrive under both the Scottish Super Sponsor scheme and who match privately into Scotland through the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

This guidance does not cover displaced people coming in via the Ukraine Family Scheme.

The Scottish Government is seeking clarity from the Home Office about whether a visa provided for one route can transfer to another in the event that a match breaks down.

Definitions

"Super Sponsor” refers to the Scottish Government in its role under the Scottish Super Sponsor scheme.

“Host” or “hosts” refers to an individual, group or organisation who has been approved to accommodate an individual or household from Ukraine under the “Homes for Ukraine” sponsorship scheme, or has agreed to participate in the Scottish Super Sponsor scheme. Under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme a person individually matched may be referred to as a “sponsor” or “sponsors”.  

“Guest” or “guests” refers to an individual or household previously resident in Ukraine, prior to 1 January 2022, who has secured a visa under the “Homes for Ukraine” scheme, which enables them to be housed by a sponsor (Host).

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

  • has been residing in Ukraine on or immediately before 1 January 2022 (including those who have now left Ukraine)
  • is currently outside the UK has a UK-based sponsor who is eligible for the Homes for Ukraine Scheme

Contact

Email: ceu@gov.scot

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