We pledge friendship and practical ongoing support.
We meet our family when they arrive, welcome them and are there for them as they settle into their new home, city and country.
Among the commitments we make as part of the CSS is to provide adequate housing in Bristol for the family for the first two years after their arrival in the UK, and to provide other support such as ongoing contact and help, introduction to the appropriate local community resources, and access to schooling, language training, medical services and so on, for the first year (i.e. for a family arriving in October 2019, until October 2020).
They are entitled to full access to services and benefits and also to suitable employment if available. After five years, if they wish they will be entitled to apply for permanent residence in the UK.
The Home Office application process for sponsor status requires that we show we can supply adequate housing suitably furnished by us and that we can show we have allocated at least £9000 for the first year’s expenses. Housing is paid for from the local housing benefit plus any top-up from our own funds as required.
Given costs in Bristol our own target was set for our purposes rather nearer to £18000 than the Home Office’s stipulated £9000.
We are our family's new friends in their new world.