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The UK has announced that it has suspended priority visas for student, work and family applications for Nigerians amid ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.

In a statement yesterday, made available to THISDAY, the British government stated that its focus was being directed at Ukrainians who are in dire straits due to the invasion of their country by Russian army.

“We are still currently unable to offer PV for visitor applications in Nigeria. Standard visitor applications are currently taking an average of six weeks to process,” said the UK government. “Applicants will be contacted by the Visa Application Centre (VAC) when their passport is ready for collection. They should not attend the VAC until they have been invited to do so. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”

Ukraine has come under severe missile and armoured attacks since February 24 when the Russian soldiers stepped into the European country. Amid the war, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have fled the country leaving friendly European nations rushing to take them in as refugees.

“UK Visas and Immmigration is currently prioritising applications made under the Ukraine Family Scheme, following its launch and in response to the humanitarian crisis arising from the invasion of Ukraine,” announced the British government to Nigerians intending to make priority visa application.

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