Wed. May 18th, 2022

‘It is unacceptable that Ukrainians cannot change their visa system after arrival’

Ukrainian refugees who arrive in the UK on a family visa and have no place to live do not need to register as homeless when nearby residents provide accommodation, the government said.

In a letter to Refugee Minister Sir Harrington, Labor MP Clive Betts said there was no need to find a sponsor before “escape the war zone” if the family couldn’t afford a room.

Refugees with families in the UK cannot transfer to the Homes For Ukraine sponsored scheme if their current relatives are unable to provide accommodation.

This means that city councils must provide emergency facilities like hotels.

In a letter to Mr Betts, chairman of the Leveling Up, Housing and Communities Committee, Lord Harrington said it was impossible to change plans after arrival.

He said Ukrainians who have relatives who cannot accommodate them are “welcome to apply” under the sponsorship plan, but must apply before arriving in the UK.

Betts said the committee found this “unacceptable” and urged the government “strongly” to reconsider the policy.

In a reply to Sir Harrington on Wednesday, he wrote: “The lack of suitable accommodation for families in England should not make it obligatory for refugees fleeing the war zone to seek support before they leave the war zone.

“Also, refugees arriving on family planning do not need to register as homeless with the city council when the local residents are willing to provide accommodation.”

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