Home minister could face legal action over visa delays to Ukraine – report


home secretary Priti Patel could face legal action over delays in the visa system for Ukrainians fleeing the war.

The procedure has been criticized in cases where families have not been able to travel to the UK because not all of them have received their travel permits or visas.

lawyers are now preparing a class action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of Ukrainians who applied weeks ago to travel to the UK but whose cases are backlogged, The Guardian reported.

Supporters of Ukrainian refugees say visa processing takes too long (James Manning/PA)

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The newspaper said an immigration lawyer had been ordered by advocacy groups Vigil for Visas and Taking Action Over the Homes to start a court case Ukraine Visa Delays.

The Guardian reports that legal action is also being prepared on behalf of single children who are unable to access care accommodation set up for them in the UK due to visa delays.

As of April 27, a total of 86,100 visas were issued under the “Ukraine Family” program and the “Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship” program, a government A spokesman for the newspaper said.

But as of April 25, only 27,100 Ukrainians had arrived in the UK, according to the Department for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities and the Home Office.

Anais Crane, a case officer at Wilsons Solicitors who represents several unaccompanied Ukrainian children, said many were on the verge of giving up hope after waiting for visas for over a month.

“Many of them are now considering returning to Ukraine because of their precarious situation in Europe,” she told the Guardian.

In response to Putin’s barbaric invasion, we launched one of the fastest and largest visa programs in UK history

government spokesman

Kirsty McNeill, a chief executive of Save the Children, said: “Part of the (government’s) argument for bureaucracy and slowness is that it keeps people safe. But really, it’s a lack of pace that puts kids at risk more than anything else.”

Save the Children is not part of the legal action but said it supports calls for the system to be overhauled.

A government spokesman said: “In response to Putin’s barbaric invasion, we have launched one of the fastest and largest visa programs in UK history. Over 86,000 visas have been issued to allow Ukrainians to live and work in the UK.

“The changes the Interior Ministry has made to streamline the visa system, including simplifying forms and increasing staff numbers, are working and we are now processing visas as fast as they come – allowing thousands more Ukrainians to come via our uncapped routes.” be able.” Home minister could face legal action over visa delays to Ukraine – report

Bobby Allyn

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