Super Sponsor Scheme and Homes for Ukraine: guidance for hosts

Guidance for hosts providing accommodation through the Super Sponsor Scheme.


Warning

From 13 July 2022, the Scottish Super Sponsor Scheme has been temporarily paused for new applications. We are doing this to make sure we can provide support and sanctuary to those displaced people who are in Scotland already or will shortly be arriving. 

If you made your application under the Super Sponsor Scheme before 13 July 2022, it will be processed.

If you have been issued a visa under the Super Sponsor Scheme, your visa is valid and you can travel to Scotland where you will receive a warm welcome.

Overview

Scotland stands with the people of Ukraine and we want to ensure they find safety, sanctuary and support in their time of need.

This guidance is intended for hosts opening their homes under the Scottish Government Super Sponsor scheme. It covers:

  • the eligibility criteria to become a host, the role and expectations of hosts in supporting Ukrainian guests who arrive under the scheme
  • how hosts can access further support

The guidance sets out for hosts the expectations and requirements of hosting families from Ukraine in Scotland where you have matched individually as part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

Homes for Ukraine and how Super Sponsor works   

The UK Government’s Homes for Ukraine Guidance provides further detail on the individual matching route, however it should be understood that hosts in Scotland will be subject to a different level of person (disclosure) and property checks to people living in the rest of the UK. More information on these checks in Scotland can be found in the ‘checks and safeguarding’ section.

Responsibility for immigration policy and the allocation of visas, including through the Homes for Ukraine Visa scheme, is reserved to the UK Government.

The Scottish Government’s Super Sponsor scheme - which acts alongside the Homes for Ukraine scheme - is designed to help displaced people from Ukraine apply for visas by removing the need for applicants to be matched to a host prior to being given permission travel to the UK. 

By acting as ‘super sponsor’, rather than requiring those fleeing Ukraine to find their own sponsor, Scotland can provide safety and sanctuary immediately and welcome significant numbers. People are then matched via a public sector matching service to sustainable and safe accommodation that local authorities have checked in advance, removing the need for private matches to be in place before entering the country.

In order to use the Super Sponsor scheme, the applicant selects ‘The Scottish Government’ when asked for the name of their sponsor during their visa application. When people are provided with a visa, they can travel directly to Scotland and we will welcome them here.

Upon arrival in Scotland temporarily accommodation will be arranged via the Welcome Hubs. These multi-agency centres provide a place to stay and meals in a safe and secure setting to address immediate wellbeing and protection concerns

We will then work with public sector partners to match people with longer term accommodation, including from members of the public who are volunteering rooms in their own homes or in other properties they have. This will include ensuring we have put in place safeguarding and support services – and while we do all of this, people will be safely here and away from the conflict that has impacted their lives.

We greatly appreciate the offers of accommodation that we have received from across Scotland. Without this, we would not be able to offer safe sanctuary to so many people.

We recognise that this is likely to be the first time that you have hosted someone fleeing conflict and this guide sets out how this will operate in practice. As the situation is evolving, this guidance will be regularly updated.

At present, new applications naming the Scottish Government as the sponsor are paused but all existing visa holders can travel and will be supported as planned.

Definitions

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

The term 'host' or 'hosts' refers to an individual or group who has been approved to accommodate an individual or household from Ukraine under the “Homes for Ukraine” sponsorship scheme, and has agreed to participate in the Scottish Super Sponsor scheme.

'Prospective host' or 'prospective hosts' refers to a person/people who is/are considering or are in the process of being matched under the Super Sponsor scheme.

The term 'resident host' is used to describe a host who is living with any displaced people from Ukraine in their principle residence.

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

 

Contact

Email: ceu@gov.scot

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