How to sponsor a Ukrainian refugee and what is the UK scheme?

UKRAINIAN citizens are trying to find refuge somewhere far from the horrifying attacks made by Russia on their country.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced ways on how the United Kingdom can help Ukrainian refugees.

How to sponsor a Ukrainian Refugee?

The UK Government will be launching the Local Sponsorship Scheme for Ukraine.

The Government website stated, "Following the invasion of Ukraine, the government is launching a new sponsorship scheme to make sure that Ukrainians who have been forced to flee their homes have a route to safety in the UK.

"Charities, businesses and community groups can come forward to sponsor Ukrainians who do not have already established family ties to the UK.

"The scheme will match people with sponsors."

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Applications can be made online or via phone call.

Thanks to this sponsorship, Ukrainian refugees will be able to make their way safely to the UK.

The public can house the refugees who will be able to work, access state benefits and public services and have an initial 12-month granted leave.

On Sunday, March 13 more information will be unveiled for those who wish to apply.

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Communities Secretary Michael Gove will also be making an announcement on Monday, March 14.

What is the UK Scheme for Ukrainian refugees?

Currently, there is also the Ukraine Family Scheme for those who have British families or UK settled person ties.

This helps Ukrainian refugees to obtain a visa and live, work and study in the UK and have access to public funds.

It is also allowing those already are in the UK to extend their stay.

The visa will be valid for up to three years.

Applications for this scheme are available online.

Currently, applicants will have to attend an appointment at a visa application centre.

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The Government website announced, "From Tuesday 15 March, if you are outside the UK and hold a valid Ukrainian international passport, you will no longer need to provide your biometric information from overseas to apply for the Ukraine Family Scheme.

"You will still need to complete an application online, but you will not need to attend an in-person appointment at a visa application centre."

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