By Thursday afternoon, 35.5 thousand Ukrainian refugees with relatives in Great Britain had deposited. Visa applications, among which 20.1 thousand. Someone who has already obtained visas – the UK Home Office reported on Friday.

The displayed data shows that the process of issuing visas has accelerated in recent days, because the Ministry of Interior reported on Monday about 10.2 thousand visas. Granted visas. This means that in the past four days, almost as many of them have been released as in the first seventeen days of the program launched on March 4.

Visas for refugees from Ukraine who had relatives in the UK before the Russian attack is one of the two visa methods that the British government has opened. The second is the Homes for Ukraine program, under which individuals, charities, churches or local authorities can present their willingness to accept refugees from this country for at least six months. This readiness was reported by more than 150 thousand. People. Currently, these offers must be made to specific individuals. Both visa pathways allow you to stay in the UK for up to three years with the right to work and all social benefits.

On Friday, Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps reported the fact that he already has a family who will live with him. He is so far the only member of the British government who has publicly announced that he will accept refugees into his home. As he said on ITV, they are a six-year-old boy, his mother and grandmother and their dog.

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From London Bartłomiej Niedziński (PAP)

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