The UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) has decided to halt priority and super-priority visa processing services for all applications submitted from outside the UK due to the ongoing Ukraine conflict.
According to the UKVI update, “applications for study, work and family visas may take longer to process.”
UK embassy in India tweeted, “UK Visa Update: UKVI is prioritising Ukraine Family Scheme applications in response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the invasion of Ukraine, and so applications for study, work and family visas may take longer to process.”
“UKVI are unable to offer updates on individual cases, and please do not attend the VAC until you have been invited to do so. Please contact us if you have an emergency.”
In another tweet, the embassy stated, “Please note that this is a chargeable service.”
Michael Gove, the British Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, created a website for sponsors to register their interest ahead of the scheme’s Phase One applications opening.
The homes for Ukraine program, according to a government announcement, would allow individuals, charities, community organizations, and companies in the UK to relocate Ukrainians to safety, even people with no familial links to the country.
According to the statement, the first phase of the plan would allow sponsors in the United Kingdom to nominate a named Ukrainian or a named Ukrainian family to live with them in their house or in a separate property.
“The courage shown by the Ukrainian people in the face of devastation caused by the invasion of their great country is nothing short of remarkable,” UK Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Michael Gove stated.
Gove continued, “The UK has a strong tradition of assisting others in their time of need, and our new Homes for Ukraine initiative provides a lifeline to people who have been forced to escape.” “I’m urging individuals all throughout our nation who can help Ukrainians find a home to consider becoming sponsors.”
Under this plan, all Ukrainians arriving in the UK will be granted three years of permission to remain, with the ability to work and access benefits and public services.
Most importantly, applicants will be screened and subjected to security checks.