In order to qualify for the bonus, Brits must offer Ukrainian shelter for at least six months and not be allowed to solicit rent in return. In addition, they must be able to prove that the residency they provide meets certain requirements and the government can check if they have a criminal record.
The British government has come under fire in recent weeks for its handling of the country’s refugee crisis. For example, Ukrainian refugees have had to wait a long time before receiving assistance due to the bureaucratic red tape surrounding the visa process.
Only Ukrainians are allowed to enter the UK on a visa. They can get this if they have a family or something called a sponsor in the state. To speed up the processing of applications, since Thursday only Ukrainians who do not have a passport have to go to a special visa office. Refugees who hold passports can now submit their applications online.
With the Homes for Ukraine scheme, Ukrainians who do not know anyone in Britain can still be assigned a sponsor, allowing them to remain in the country. The UK government expects the plan to take up to three years.
Dutch municipalities play a wait-and-see role. The focus is now mainly on the immediate reception of the incoming Ukrainians. They say that paying or not paying citizens is not up to the local authorities. A spokesperson for the Dutch Federation of Municipalities: Guides are being prepared at the national level for municipalities and private shelters. We are waiting for that.”
By the way, they want to tell the municipality of Utrecht, where they also had to accommodate dozens of Ukrainians last weekend, that it is good to provide compensation to hospitable citizens. A spokeswoman for the fourth largest city in the Netherlands: “These people are coming from a situation of war and you want them to be able to move on to their lives independently as quickly as possible. If that works by getting that life back at home with people, we think that’s a big deal. good “.
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