Ukraine war: ‘Shambolic’ bureaucracy preventing refugees from being accommodated in Britain, says woman waiting for family | UK News

More than a month after the UK’s Ukraine sponsorship scheme was launched, thousands of sponsors are still waiting to welcome Ukrainian citizens, amid reports of bureaucracy and bureaucracy in the process.

Lynette Protheroe from Derbyshire was matched with sisters Yana and Inna and their three children on March 20, but weeks after submitting an application, she says she still has no chance of tracking its progress.

“The system is lousy and it is failing these people,” Ms Protheroe told Sky News.

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Lynette Protheroe was matched with her family on March 20th

“You can order some balloons from China and you can track it and you know where it’s coming from, you know where it’s.

“You can generally see when it will be delivered. You can not track these visa applications. There is no way the family can track them. You just have to wait.”

Only 12.7% of visa holders have arrived in the UK

Ukraine’s sponsorship scheme allows Ukrainian citizens and their family members to come to the UK if they have a named sponsor under the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

Since its launch on March 14, 55,600 visa applications have been received, of which 25,100 have been issued.

About 3,200 visa holders have arrived in the UK.

Sisters Yana and Inna and their three children are in their home in Dnipro, waiting for their application to be processed.
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Sisters Yana and Inna and their three children are in their home in Dnipro, waiting for their application to be processed.

Yaya and Inna are currently at home on the Dnipro River, where fighting has intensified. Mrs Protheroe said the wait to get them to safety has left her outside of herself with concern.

“You swing between total anger and the urge to scream at someone … to be on the verge of tears,” she said.

“They all have five current international biometric passports, so they do not need a visa. They just need a travel permit. We were told it would take between three and five days. Well, we’re now on day 23.

“We are being transferred from pillar to post, we are emailing, we are not getting answers, we are getting information from MPs that is different from what we are getting from other avenues, and all we want is the truth. Everything, everything what we want is the truth about the first week when the system was overloaded and could not handle it and our documents were lost. “

Mrs Protheroe has had to carry out a number of security checks in her home during the process
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Mrs Protheroe has had to carry out a number of security checks in her home during the process

Security checks are paramount

It has also been a tough task to get Lynette’s house up to the municipality’s safety standards. She has had to fill her garden pond and has been asked to board glass doors and add restrictions to windows.

Ministers faced questions last summer after five-year-old Afghan refugee Mohammed Munib Majeedi fell from a window on the ninth floor of the hotel where his family was temporarily staying.

Enver Solomon, executive director of the Refugee Council, said security was paramount.

“Children and women who want to be vulnerable need to be in a home where there are appropriate security checks. If something went completely wrong because no checks had been made, we would all ask a lot of questions about it and give real concerns, “he told Sky News.

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“But they have to be proportionate, and they have to make sure people are not delayed in getting into people’s homes.”

Refugee Minister Lord Harrington said Britain was on track to reach its ambition to deal with cases in 48 hours.

“But we are not complacent, we have already made a number of changes and will make more to further simplify the visa process, and help thousands of more Ukrainians get to the UK through these safe and legal routes and away from the atrocities being committed. in their home country, “he said.

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