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Ukraine: Entry Clearances

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what rationale supported the decision to require applications from Ukraine for settlement in the UK to be submitted by appointment only. (154508)

The visa section in Kiev took the decision to introduce an appointment system for settlement visa applications in order to manage more effectively the number of applications received per day.

The number of settlement visa appointments has been set at seven per day from 1 October. This will improve customer service by providing pre-arranged appointment times for applicants who will no longer be subject to unpredictable waiting times at the visa section.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what minimum notice period may be given of appointments to submit applications for settlement in the UK from Ukraine. (154509)

There is currently a minimum six-day notice period for appointments to submit an application for settlement in the UK from Ukraine.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consideration is given to the distances that have to be travelled to attend appointments, when giving notice of appointments to submit applications for settlement in the UK from Ukraine. (154510)

If an applicant for a settlement visa to the UK from the Ukraine is unable to attend their appointment due to the distance they need to travel they are able to book a new appointment. This will not affect the outcome of their visa application.