Ukraine: background information

Background information for councils from Government on how to support arrivals from Ukraine and their hosts

Homes for Ukraine

Homes for Ukraine allows those without existing connections to come to the UK for up to three years to live with sponsors. This route opened on 21 March 2022.

Ukraine Family Scheme

British nationals and people settled in the UK can be reunited with family members via the Ukraine Family Scheme visa route. Announced on 10 March 2022, Ukrainians can apply to join parents, grandparents, adult offspring, siblings as well as immediate family members with normal fees waived.

Arrivals under both routes will be able to work and access benefits and local services, including social housing and homelessness assistance.

For councils

For sponsors

For Ukrainians

Lone children

Family Scheme

Pre arrival information 


Published data on arrivals and funding for councils