Government eases visa rules to allow Ukrainian parents to enter UK

The British Conservative Party government has relaxed Ukrainian visa rules to make it easier for close relatives of British citizens to come to the UK.

Boris Johnson’s Conservative government has eased visa rules for Ukrainian relatives of British citizens as many flee the Eastern European country which was invaded by Russia last week.

However, for Britain’s left-wing Labor Party, the easing is not drastic enough, as MPs call on the Prime Minister to take more drastic action.

According to a BBC report, Boris Johnson said with the eased measures the UK would not turn its back on its ‘hour of need’.

“We want to be as generous as possible, and we certainly want people who have relatives in Ukraine to be able to bring them over as quickly as possible,” the broadcaster said.

“We want to make sure we have routes for people fleeing disaster, war, persecution in Ukraine to come here,” Johnson also noted, noting that Britain was working with some of Ukraine’s neighboring countries. in order to “help bring people in”. .

The government also announced that an additional £40million would be sent to Ukraine for the purchase of medical supplies as well as what Sky News reports as “further aid”.

However, the visa relaxation – which applies to the spouse of a British citizen, unmarried partner of two years or more, children, as well as a number of other categories – does not go far enough. for Britain’s left-wing Labor Party, with a number calling for a complete scrapping of visa requirements.

“What are they thinking? » demand Yvette Cooper, Labor Home Secretary. “What about people who find it difficult to bring elderly relatives here, or Ukrainians who cannot come and live with their sister or brother here?

“Ashamed of the government to refuse even to help other relatives in a terrible European war like this,” the Labor MP continued, demanding that the rules be “immediately” extended to more family members, before propose an even broader relaxation than that of in order “to help other Ukrainians as well”.

Shadow Secretary of State, MP David Lammy also call for a “sanctuary” for Ukrainians, saying there was a “shameful moral vacuum at the heart of the government” over how they had handled the crisis.

Meanwhile, Nicola Sturgeon – who leads the leftist Europhile Scottish National Party – required UK waives all visa requirements for Ukrainians.

“Restriction to family members too narrow and definition of ‘family member’ so narrowly makes this worse,” Sturgeon wrote online.

“[The UK Home Office] must lift the visa requirement for all Ukrainians wishing to enter the UK, as other countries are doing,” she continued. “Anything less is unacceptable.

Despite criticism, senior government officials said they were doing all they could to help Ukrainians flee the conflict and were considering further easing measures to that end.

Ben Wallace, the British Defense Secretary, stressed that Britain was doing everything it could to help the Ukrainians and that it would study the offers that European nations had put on the table before deciding on the next steps. steps.


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