A group of UK lawyers are offering free immigration advice to Ukrainian citizens attempting to seek sanctuary in Britain.
Set up following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the “Ukrainian Advice Project” says it will offer pro-bono immigration support to any Ukrainian citizen fleeing their home country.
The qualified lawyers running the project are now asking for more volunteer lawyers to come forward and help their efforts.
At least 30 enquiries have been received over the last 24 hours, while “dozens” of immigration lawyers have come forward to help, according to a tweet from group member Miranda Butler, a barrister in London.
Over the last few days, the UK has announced some measures to make it easier for Ukrainians to seek sanctuary in the UK, including visa concessions for close family members of British nationals and fewer requirements for supporting documents to accompany a visa application.
Anyone without a British sponsor can attempt to enter the UK as a visitor with “clear compelling or compassionate reasons for [a] visit”, but must have an intention to leave after a maximum period of six months.