Here are the steps to getting a family resettled in Ripon
The time between Step 1, when we first form our group (April 2021) and Step 8, when we welcome the family, is likely to be between 12 and 18 months.
The community group is formed and we start planning (this is the stage we're at now)
The local authority gives consent for us to be a community sponsor in this area
We start to raise £9,000
We apply to the Home Office to be approved as a community sponsor
When the approval is granted, we sign an agreement with the Home Office
A refugee family, identified by the UNHCR, is proposed as a potential match
We work with the local authority to consider and decide if this family is right for us
The family arrives in the UK and comes to Ripon (typically 6 to 8 weeks after step 7)
We are monitored to check we're delivering to plan and the family is settling well
After one year, we are released from our formal obligation to look after the family
Types of Community Sponsorship approval that can be granted:
1 – Final approval
We get final approval when we’ve demonstrated that we’ve met all of the criteria.
2 – Approval in principle
However, to give us time to raise the £9,000, and to avoid housing sitting empty, we could also apply to receive approval in principle (with conditions). This allows our application to be approved against most of the criteria, giving us certainty that, if we can meet the financial resources and housing criteria at the end of the process, we’ll receive final approval.