Visa Application Centres still failing Refugees

Chi Onwurah 

(Newcastle upon Tyne Central) (Lab)

In 2019 the all-party parliamentary group on Africa, which I chair, published a detailed and damning report on the visa application centres. Many of the points we made on outsourcing, TLScontact, digitalisation, scanning, data reconciliation, training and resourcing have clearly not been addressed, and now Ukrainians fleeing war and my constituents who want to help them—I have many such constituents—are paying the price. Exactly how will the Minister ensure that visa processing is immediately speeded up? Given that he will not reduce the requirements of the process, as Labour has been calling for, can he confirm that that means that visa applicants from other places in the world will see further delays?

HANSARD:

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2022-04-28/debates/3C023B59-4760-4049-AD6C-B89B76CD0C5D/HomesForUkraineVisaApplicationCentres#contribution-56BAA131-DD76-433A-AB44-24D854A4E782

Parliament TV:

https://twitter.com/ChiOnwurah/status/1520061171503665152?cxt=HHwWgMC4xZ7lq5gqAAAA

 

 

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