The British High Commission in Nigeria has announced a temporary suspension of study, work, and family visa applications for Nigerians.
A statement, released yesterday by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) explained that the suspension is due to the priority placed on applications made under the Ukraine Family Scheme, in response to the humanitarian crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In a statement titled, ‘Temporary Suspension of Priority Visas for Student, Work and Family Application’, UKVI said: “UK Visas and Immigration 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. As a result, UKVI has temporarily suspended priority and super-priority services for new study, work, and family applications.”
MEANWHILE, International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Federal Government, yesterday, repatriated 162 more stranded Nigerians from Libya under its continuous voluntary evacuation.
Charge d’ Affairs of the Nigerian Mission in Libya, Mr. Kabiru Musa, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Musa stated that the 162 evacuees, including 94 male, 41 female, 14 children and 11 infants, are expected to arrive the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos same day.
He stated that the Nigerian Mission in Libya, under the directives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has carried out series of evacuation stranded Nigerians in Libya.
This, Musa explained, is in fulfilment of the Federal Government’s pledge of not allowing any of its citizens remain stranded abroad.