How long does the whole sponsoring process last?


As a very general rule of thumb, you are likely to find you have to devote about 12 months to preparing for and being a sponsoring group. There is a few months’ work to be done to form your group, draw up your plans and make an application. Once you have submitted your application, it currently takes about 6 months for the Home Office to approve your group, and for a suitable refugee family to be identified and flown to this country. And then you are committed to supporting the family for 12 months, though the level of support should gradually reduce as the family become more independent. After that 12 months, the formal sponsorship arrangement is over, but in many instances individuals maintain a relationship with the refugee family simply because friendships have developed. 

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