Refugees: Ukraine

Home Office written question – answered on 15th June 2022.

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Photo of Janet Daby Janet Daby Labour, Lewisham East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that Ukrainian refugees who have applied under the Ukraine Family Scheme from within the UK are not waiting significantly longer for approval than those applications made from Ukraine and the surrounding region.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Home Office is committing to processing applications as quickly possible, both those submitted overseas and the UK. To support this we are working at pace with our UK commercial partner, Sopra Steria, and local partners/devolved regions, to expand capacity to meet the demand for biometric enrolment appointments from those applying under Ukrainian schemes within the UK. We have also ensured sufficient casework capacity is deployed, including staff being loaned from other government departments.

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