Guidance

Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme: Visa data by country, upper and lower tier local authority

Visa data by local authority in separate tables for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Tables also include data relating to visas sponsored by the Scottish Government and Welsh Government.

This is an ad-hoc release of management information and does not constitute an Official Statistics or National Statistics release. It relates to Ukraine Family Scheme and Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme: visa data published by the Home Office.

We have also published data on Homelessness duties owed to Ukrainian nationals - for England, by lower tier local authority and visa data by age and sex of applicant.

Summary table: data as received from the Home Office as at 9 August 2022

Location Sponsor Number of visa applications Number of visas issued Number of arrivals in the UK by sponsor location
England Sponsored by individuals 89,201 80,730 61,718
Northern Ireland Sponsored by individuals 1,727 1,425 463
Scotland Sponsored by individuals 4,737 4,280 3,201
  Sponsored by the Scottish Government 35,901 29,620 10,056
  Total 40,638 33,900 13,257
Wales Sponsored by individuals 3,713 3,347 2,534
  Sponsored by the Welsh Government 4,940 4,506 2,365
  Total 8,653 7,853 4,899

Notes to the summary table

1. These data are provisional management information from live operational systems and are subject to change. The data have not gone through the same levels of quality assurance as official statistics.

2. These data are likely to include some duplicate records. As such they are a reflection of the information held in the system and may not be an exact record of the number of individuals who have been issued visas. Caution should therefore be exercised in using these figures.

3. Not all records of visas issued have a suitable postcode for mapping to upper or lower tier local authorities. The number of records excluded is about two per cent. Therefore these figures will not add up to the UK total published by the Home Office.

4. These data are the numbers of confirmed visa applications (noted as ‘visa applications received’ in Home Office publications), visas issued to come to or stay in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, and the number of persons that have arrived in the UK under the Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme, collated for operational purposes by the Home Office and Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. Total visa applications received are based on confirmed applications. This includes applications where the applicant has attended an appointment at a visa application centre and given their biometric information, or where the applicant did not have to go to a visa application centre to give their biometric information (which was possible from 15 March 2022). With effect from data provided by Home Office on 14 June, the figures in this release include information relating to applications where the applicant used the ‘UK Immigration: ID check’ app to prove their identity.

5. These data do not contain numbers of visas issued through the Ukraine Family Scheme.

6. There is a known undercount in the Northern Ireland ‘Arrivals into the UK’ data. This is due to people arriving into the Republic of Ireland and entering Northern Ireland via the Common Travel Area, where travel is not covered by the methods used to record entry to other parts of the UK. Ways to understand the scale of this undercount are being explored.

7. All data in this release have been assigned to local authorities or country based on the postcode of the sponsor’s address, or of the accommodation address if the applicant is not planning to stay at the sponsor’s address. The number of arrivals into the UK is therefore not necessarily reflective of the persons having arrived at the location noted in the table.

8. Some beneficiaries have indicated that either the Scottish Government or Welsh Government are their sponsor under the devolved government sponsor (also known as ‘super-sponsor’) element of the scheme. This is where Welsh and Scottish governments have undertaken to match beneficiaries without a named sponsor at the point of application, to a suitable sponsor in due course.

9. The Welsh government announced a temporary operational pause on new applications for their “super sponsor” scheme for Ukrainian refugees on 8 June 2022 with effect from 10 June 2022.

10. The Scottish government announced a temporary operational pause on new applications for their “super sponsor” scheme for Ukrainian refugees on 11 July 2022 with effect from 13 July 2022.

11. The numbers included in the tables include some visas issued where the ID numbers are not included in the list of visa applications received. The reasons for this are currently being investigated.

12.This information will usually be released at 9.30 each Thursday morning until further notice.

Voluntary compliance with the Code of Practice for Statistics

The Code of Practice for Statistics was published by the UK Statistics Authority in February 2018 to set standards for organisations in producing and publishing official statistics and ensure that statistics serve the public good. Whilst the data from the Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme are not designated as official statistics, the principles of transparency of high-quality analytical outputs to inform decision making and the public underpin this data release: a statement of compliance is available at the ‘Voluntary compliance’ tab of the spreadsheet of tables.

Published 1 June 2022
Last updated 11 August 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added Visa data for Homes for Ukraine sponsorship scheme by country, upper and lower tier local authority (9 August 2022).

  2. Added Visa data for Homes for Ukraine sponsorship scheme by country, upper and lower tier local authority (2 August 2022).

  3. Added Visa data for Homes for Ukraine sponsorship scheme by country, upper and lower tier local authority (26 July 2022).

  4. Added Visa data for Homes for Ukraine sponsorship scheme by country, upper and lower tier local authority (19 July 2022).

  5. Added Visa data for Homes for Ukraine sponsorship scheme by country, upper and lower tier local authority (12 July 2022).

  6. Added Visa data for Homes for Ukraine sponsorship scheme by country, upper and lower tier local authority (5 July 2022).

  7. Added Visa data for Homes for Ukraine sponsorship scheme by country, upper and lower tier local authority (28 June 2022).

  8. Added Visa data for Homes for Ukraine sponsorship scheme by country, upper and lower tier local authority (21 June 2022)

  9. Added Visa data for Homes for Ukraine sponsorship scheme by country, upper and lower tier local authority (14 June 2022)

  10. Added Visa data for Homes for Ukraine sponsorship scheme by country, upper and lower tier local authority (7 June 2022)

  11. First published.