Ukrainian boy misses term start 'due to visa delay' – BBC

An 11-year-old Ukrainian boy has missed his first day of school in the UK due to delays with his visa application, his sponsor said.
Louise Fellows, who is helping via the Homes for Ukraine scheme, said Vadym and his mother Kateryna have been waiting in Poland since 23 March.
"I'm really embarrassed that it's taking this long," said Mrs Fellows, of Warwick.
The government said it was processing thousands of visas a day.
Vadym has been given a free place at The Croft Preparatory School in Stratford-upon-Avon, which had been hoping to welcome him for the start of the summer term today.
Marcus Cook, head of the independent school, said he was sad Vadym missed his first day but added he was delighted the school had been able to offer him a place for the term.
Kateryna and Vadym left Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine, to stay in temporary accommodation in Poland.
They will live with Mrs Fellows who made contact through Facebook via another woman who is matching Ukrainians with families in Warwickshire.
The two mothers shared family stories with each other over a video call.
The Homes for Ukraine scheme has been widely criticised because of delays, with Home Secretary Priti Patel earlier this month apologising for the "frustrating" lags in the scheme.
Mrs Fellows said part of the delay in her case was that documents had to be uploaded twice due them disappearing on the system.
A spokesperson for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) said that there was "no evidence of data lost" and the system works in the interest of security; once the documents are uploaded they are sent straight away to the Home Office.
Matt Western, the MP for Warwick and Leamington, spoke in Parliament about Kateryna's situation last month and asked the minister to "step up".
Eddie Hughes, who is working as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Rough Sleeping and Housing replied: "The pace at which we are getting through applications is ramping up; we will very soon be working our way through more than 10,000 a week".
Mrs Fellows said she was told by the Home Office on 11 April the visa applications would be processed within 48 hours.
Ten days later and the families say they have not heard anything since.
Kateryna said she felt "lost and emotionally tired," while Mrs Fellows said she felt "sad and frustrated".
A government spokesperson said it had issued more than 71,800 visas with 21,600 Ukrainians "arriving safely in the UK".
"We are processing thousands of visas a day – this shows the changes we made to streamline the service are working and we'll continue to build on this success so we can speed up the process even further."
Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Send your story ideas to:
Kyiv couple stranded on honeymoon now in the UK
Men buy old ambulances for £17k to help Ukraine
Welcome to GOV.UK
he Croft Preparatory School
Police plea after Bedworth stabbings
Bedworth stabbing: Two more victims treated bringing total injured to 13
More than 250 people attended free jobseekers event in Coventry
New exhibition comes to Kenilworth Library
Huge drop in number of diabetes patients receiving care checks in Cov and Warks
Coventry health products company wins second Queens award The company has achieved a continued year-on-year growth in export sales since 2017, during which time it doubled its global orders.
Odesa apartment block hit by missiles
Video appears to show children in Mariupol bunker
Censors try to block viral Shanghai lockdown video
Inside Kyiv's trench defences. Video
How Russia replaces Ukrainian media with its own
French election: A simple guide
The house that fights mosquitoes. Video
Jerusalem holy site clashes fuel fears of return to war
'Doing Parkrun at 95 is something different' Video
Why Grenada wanted to talk to royals about slavery
Bluebells, a bunny and more of the week's best photos
Inside the world's largest crystal 'cave'
Remember these one hit wonders?
Epic tracks from the 90s and a special guest appearance by Chesney Hawkes!
Who is the best Premier League set piece taker?
Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Micah Richards debate
Make tonight a movie night!
There's something for everyone on BBC iPlayer
© 2022 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read about our approach to external linking.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.