Priti Patel forced into huge U-turn on Ukrainian refugees entering UK as millions flee war

Amid growing pressure from Tory MPs and the Labour party, the Government promised that from next Tuesday it was streamlining the way it grants visas from Ukraine.

Rather than those looking to arrive in Britain needing to travel to a visa centre to have their application processed, they can now apply online.

Ms Patel had insisted that security requirements meant that applications must be made in person because biometric data such as fingerprints need to be collected.

Speaking in the Commons this morning, the Home Secretary said given the severity of the circumstance, the biometric data would now be collected once Ukrainians had already arrived in the UK.

She said the changes were made following assurances from the security services.

Ms Patel told MPs in Parliament: “From Tuesday, I can announce that Ukrainians with passports will no longer need to go to a visa application centre to give their biometrics before they come to the UK.

“Instead, once their application has been considered and appropriate checks completed, they will receive direct notification that they’re eligible for the scheme and can come to the UK.

“In short, Ukrainians with passports will be able to get permission to come here fully online from wherever they are and will be able to give their biometrics once in Britain.

“This will mean that visa application centres across Europe can focus their efforts on helping Ukrainians without passports.”

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