The Scottish Government has announced plans to act as a ‘super sponsor’ for people arriving via the Homes For Ukraine scheme.
The scheme is now open as of this afternoon (Friday 18 March).
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
“If you are seeking refuge from the war, Scotland wants to welcome you – by selecting “Scottish Government” on the UK visa application site at https://gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-visa-under-the-ukraine-sponsorship-scheme… we hope to offer you a quick & easy route here.
“Choosing this option means that you do not have to arrange an individual sponsor before coming to Scotland. We will help you do that once you are here.”
Gary Christie, our Head of Policy, Communities and Communication said:
“The Scottish Government’s approach means that a larger number of people can reach safety faster than through individual, one-to-one matching. We believe this is a more rational and streamlined approach to the Homes For Ukraine scheme.
“As soon as people arrive in Scotland, we, alongside public authorities, will be on hand to provide expert, practical support and advice on every aspect of life here, including health and recovery from the trauma of what’s happened in Ukraine.”
To apply via the Homes For Ukraine go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-visa-under-the-ukraine-sponsorship-scheme and select SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT as your sponsor:
The First Minister set out plans to the Scottish Parliament on Weds 16 March and is hoping to being welcoming people from Ukraine via this scheme ‘imminently’. https://www.gov.scot/publications/ukraine-update-first-ministers-statement-16-march-2022/