There is no limit to the number of Ukrainians who can enter the UK under the new visa scheme
Ukrainian refugees cross the Polish border. © Abdulhamid Hosbas / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images
Over 100,000 households signed up to the UK government’s ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme just a day after it was launched, offering a place to stay for refugees fleeing conflict with Russia.
The UK Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities praised the “generosity of the British public.” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called it “fantastic,” after the large number of sign-ups caused the website to crash minutes after it went live.
The Homes for Ukraine scheme, which began on Monday, gives UK citizens the opportunity to offer to host refugees in their property for a minimum of six months. In return, hosts will be given a £350 ($457.49) “thank you” payment tax free per month.
Applications must be made online via the website and are subject to the government vetting both the homeowners and the refugees to ensure that they are both acceptable for the scheme.