More than a month after the UK’s Ukraine Grants Scheme was launched, thousands of donors are still waiting to welcome Ukrainian nationals, amid reports of bureaucracy and bureaucracy. in this process.

Lynette Protheroe, from Derbyshire, was joined by sisters Yana and Inna and their three children on March 20 but weeks after applying she said she still had no way to track progress its.

Ms Protheroe told Sky News: “The system is terrible and it is failing these people.

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Lynette Protheroe was joined to her family on March 20

“You can order some balloons from China and you can track it and you know where it’s coming from, you know where it is.

“Overall, you can know when it will be delivered. You can’t track these visa applications. Families can’t track them. You just have to wait.”

Only 12.7% of visa holders have been to the UK

The Ukraine Donor Program allows Ukrainian citizens and their family members to come to the UK if they have a sponsor named under the Home for Ukraine Program.

Since its launch on March 14, 55,600 visa applications have been received, of which 25,100 have been granted.

Around 3,200 visa holders have arrived in the UK.

Sisters Yana and Inna with their three children are staying at their home in Dnipro while their application is processed.
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Sisters Yana and Inna with their three children are staying at their home in Dnipro while their application is processed.

Yaya and Inna are now at home on the Dnipro River, where the fighting is getting fiercer. Ms Protheroe said the wait to get them to safety had always worried her.

“You swing between utter anger and wanting to scream at someone … about to cry,” she said.

“All five of them have current international biometric passports so they don’t need a visa. They just need a permit to travel. We were told it would take three to five years. Well, we’re on the 23rd now.

“We’re moving from column to post, we’re sending emails, we’re not getting a response, we’re getting information from MPs different from what we’re getting from other avenues, and All we want is the truth. All we want is the truth about the first week when the system was overloaded and unresponsive and our documents were lost.”

Ms. Protheroe had to do a number of safety checks in her home during the process
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Ms. Protheroe had to do a number of safety checks in her home during the process

Safety checks are paramount

Getting Lynette’s home up to the council’s safety standards was also a grueling task. She had to fill in her garden pond and was asked to put on the glass and install additional window bars.

Ministers faced questions last summer after five-year-old Afghan refugee Mohammed Munib Majeedi fell to his death from a ninth-floor window of the hotel his family was staying in. .

Enver Solomon, executive director at the Refugee Council, said safety was paramount.

“Children and women will be vulnerable needing to be in a home that has proper safety checks in place. If something is seriously wrong because it hasn’t been tested, we’ll all put very a lot of questions about that and raised real concerns,” he told Sky News.

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“But they have to be proportionate and have to make sure that people don’t have a delay in getting into people’s homes.”

Refugees Minister Lord Harrington said the UK was well on its way to achieving its ambition of handling cases in 48 hours.

“However, we are not complacent, we have made a series of changes and will do more to simplify the visa process even further, helping thousands more Ukrainians come to the UK via these safe and legal paths and away from the atrocities being carried out in their homeland,” he said.

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