After heavy criticisism for its lack of visa centres, the UK announces simpler application process
Despite more than 2.1 million people having fled Ukraine according to UN estimates, Britain has granted just 957 visas as of today.
The European Union on the other hand has waived visas for all Ukrainian refugees for up to three years – with Poland alone taking in nearly 1.3 million people thus far.
The new plans announced today in the House of Commons will allow Ukrainian’s with family already in the UK to apply for visas online rather than attending a physical visa centre, making the application process simpler and, supposedly, quicker.
The announcement by the Home Secretary Priti Patel, came amid growing dissent among voters and her own Conservative back benchers, with calls to set up more processing centres, particularly for the elderly and most vulnerable fleeing from Ukraine.
The Ukraine Family Scheme, that is currently in place, allows family members of people settled in the UK to join their relatives.
Speaking of the plans earlier, Patel announced: