Ukraine war: Priti Patel threatened with legal action for delay in visa program | Political news

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Home Secretary Priti Patel could face legal action over delays in issuing visas to fleeing Ukrainian refugees.

Potential sponsors as part of the House program for Ukraine threaten the government with a class action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of Ukrainian refugees who have spent weeks waiting to come to the UK.

They say there have been “disproportionate and unreasonable delays” in processing visa applications lodged in March.

Figures compiled by potential hosts and shared with the PA news agency last week show that at least 800 Ukrainian refugees are still waiting for visas after applying in the first two weeks of the scheme opening.

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“Unreasonable” visa delays

Vigil 4 visas and taking action on Ukraine visa delays, the groups behind the action say the delays have put those in Ukraine at risk and have exerted ‘considerable pressure and pressure’ on British hosts.

Class Counsel plan to send a pre-action protocol letter to the home office this week asking him to “settle the endless confusions and entanglements” and could then seek a judicial review of the government’s visa handling policy.

It comes like Boris Johnson admitted that the UK might have been able to process visas for fleeing Ukrainian refugees more quickly.

“Well, we’ve done a huge amount to help Ukrainian women and children in the region, but now we’re seeing a huge number coming to the UK,” he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

“So far 86,000 visas have been issued and 27,000 are already here and I want to say ‘thank you’ – 27,000 is a lot and it’s growing fast and I want to pay tribute to everyone who helps take care of Ukrainians.

“Could we have done it faster? Yes, maybe we could.

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“Potentially catastrophic situation”

Groups considering taking action against the government over the matter are to launch an online crowdfunder on Tuesday morning to raise up to £15,000 to help pay legal costs.

When it goes live, the page will read: “If the Home Office does not get this urgent and potentially catastrophic situation under control, we will be taking our action for judicial review and asking that it be urgently reviewed in the light of of the vulnerability of so many march candidates.”

The legal letter will highlight 10 cases of Ukrainians still waiting for their visas after applying in the days after the Homes for Ukraine program opened on March 18.

These include the case of a Ukrainian mother and her daughter, aged under 10, who applied for their visas about five weeks ago.

The mother received her visa on April 18 but the little girl is still waiting.

The lawsuit is being prepared by Amanda Jones, a public law and immigration attorney.

Ms Jones said the judicial review would be brought on the grounds that the system is ‘so chaotic and unstable’ that it is unreasonable.

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Small boat crossings mount pressure on Patel

A government spokesman told the Palestinian Authority: “In response to by Putin barbarian invasion, we launched one of the fastest and largest visa programs in UK history. Over 86,000 visas have been issued for Ukrainians to live and work in the UK.

“The changes made by the Home Office to streamline the visa system, including simplifying forms and increasing staff, are working and we are now processing visas as quickly as they arrive, allowing thousands of additional Ukrainians to travel through our uncapped routes.”

It comes as the Home Secretary also faces mounting pressure over the increase number of Channel crossings.

According to the latest update from the Ministry of Defence, a further 293 migrants were detected crossing the English Channel yesterday, while 254 were detected on Sunday.

This means 7,240 people have reached the UK since the start of the year, more than three times the amount for the same period in 2021.

Continued efforts by migrants to reach the UK via small boats have raised questions about whether the government new policy for the deportation of migrants to Rwanda will be effective as a deterrent.

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