Military may be able to assist at UK immigration centres, according to the armed forces minister1 min read
According to armed forces minister James Heappey, the UK Home Office is looking into ways to broaden the visa scheme for Ukrainian refugees attempting to enter the UK.
The administration has rejected efforts to abolish all refugee visa requirements, citing security concerns.
Heappey stated on BBC Breakfast that the Home Office was “looking at a number of policy checks that they now have in place to make the process smoother”.
However, he said that the main difficulty was the pace with which individuals could complete the procedure, which he described as “a matter of capacity”.
To expedite the process, he stated that the armed services had volunteered to put troops on standby for humanitarian missions to visa application centres in Europe.
The Home Office has accepted the proposition, he adds, but the nations where the visa centres are located must now approve it.