To address humanitarian issues in Ukraine, the UK has suspended priority visas for study, work, and family applications.

The United Kingdom (UK) has temporarily halted employment, study, and family visa applications in Nigeria.

The United Kingdom Embassy in Nigeria issued a statement on Tuesday, March 15, informing the public of this occurrence.

The UK announced in a statement that it was prioritizing applications under the Ukraine family plan and responding to the humanitarian crisis caused by Ukraine’s invasion.

The Ukraine family scheme allows candidates to join their relatives in the UK or prolong their stay. They will also have access to public money and will be able to live, work, and study in the United Kingdom.

“Following its establishment and in response to the humanitarian catastrophe, UK Visas and Immigration is presently prioritizing applications filed under the Ukraine Family Scheme,” the statement reads.

“As a result, UKVI has temporarily halted priority and super-priority services for new study, employment, and family visa applications.” Customers who submit normal applications through the study, employment, or family routes may suffer some delays in processing.

“At this time, we are unable to provide PV for tourist applications in Nigeria.” The average processing time for standard visitor visa applications is presently six weeks.

“When an applicant’s passport is ready for collection, the Visa Application Centre (VAC) will notify them. They should wait to be invited to the VAC before attending.

“UKVI may consider expediting individual applications if there are extremely compassionate or compelling circumstances (for example, a medical emergency).” However, the bar for this is high, and each case will be evaluated individually. Applicants can seek assistance from UK Visas and Immigration if their request is really urgent. Please be aware that this is a fee-based service for international consumers.

“Please accept our sincere apologies for any trouble this may create.”

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