Guidance for businesses wanting to offer help to Ukraine

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UK businesses can get involved in supporting Ukrainians fleeing the war and to send requested aid to the country

Businesses can find ways to help with the situation in Ukraine by answering calls for specific aid and goods, and working to find solutions for those fleeing areas affected by the war.

Homes for Ukraine scheme

The Homes for Ukraine scheme will allow individuals, charities, community groups and businesses in the UK to bring Ukrainians to safety – including those with no family ties to the UK.

Phase One of the scheme will allow sponsors in the UK to nominate a named Ukrainian or a named Ukrainian family to stay with them in their home or in a separate property.

Individual sponsors will be asked to provide homes or a spare room rent-free for as long as they are able, with a minimum stay of six months. In return, they will receive £350 per month.

Those who have a named Ukrainian they wish to sponsor should contact them directly and prepare to fill in a visa application.

Charities, faith groups, businesses and local community organisations are also helping to facilitate connections between individuals, for potential sponsors who do not have a named contact.

Ukrainians arriving in the UK under this scheme will be granted three years leave to remain, with entitlement to work, and access benefits and public services.

Applicants will be vetted and will undergo security checks.

Find more information and record your interest on the Homes for Ukraine webpage. Sponsors will be kept updated on the scheme.

The Executive Office has published guidance for those arriving in Northern Ireland from Ukraine and for sponsors of those arriving - find out more on the Executive Office website.

Guidance for Employers and Landlords webinar

The UK is moving as quickly as possible to ensure that those fleeing Ukraine can find safety in the UK through the Ukraine Family Scheme and Homes for Ukraine. In addition, the Ukraine Extension Scheme which opens on 3 May will allow Ukrainians already in the UK on temporary visas to extend their leave here.

Ukrainian nationals and their family members, who are granted a visa under one of these routes, will be given three years’ leave in the UK, as well as full access to work, rent, study, and public funds.

You can join officials from the Home Office, Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, and the Refugee Employment Network for an explanatory webinar on visa routes for Ukrainian nationals, how to carry out right to work / rent checks, and support and guidance for employers and landlords. There will be further information on how employers can help Ukrainian nationals who decide to take up employment whilst in the UK.

The event will take place at 11:00 on Friday 29 April and will be followed by a short Q&A session with officials - find out more and register now.

Medical humanitarian aid

The war in Ukraine has created huge and urgent shortages of medicines and medical devices. A critical need for Ukrainian government organisations is to quickly find and engage financial donors and suppliers that can deliver essential goods.

Enkidu is a scheme where companies can list their offer, and if it matches the needs of the Ukrainian government, they will get in touch with the supplier directly - find out how to get involved.

Job opportunities for Ukrainian refugees

JobApplyNI is a new website provided by the Department for Communities offering a quick, easy and convenient way for employers to register and post your vacancies online.

By using the JobApplyNI service, you can access a wide pool of talent and skills to achieve your recruitment goals. This also applies if you wish to support Ukrainian refugees into job opportunities - find out more.

First published 15 March 2022