15 June 2009

Chernobyl-affected kids to continue with free UK visa visits

Visa Bureau is not affiliated with the Australian Government but is an independent UK company. Australian visas are available from the Australian Government at a lower cost or for free when you apply directly. Our comprehensive visa and immigration services include immigration advice from registered migration agents, a 100% success rate, document checking and expedited visa processing.

The British Government has announced that the free UK visa agreement for Chernobyl-affected children will continue. An agreement to lift the UK visa suspension was made so that UK charities could continue their work with Chernobyl-affected children.

Belarusian children have been granted free UK visa visits so that they can visit Britain for purposes of respite and recuperation, an activity which is supported by up to 47 different charities in the UK.

The Chernobyl-affected children have been using the free UK visa program since the early 1990s; however, in 1995 a charge for the UK visa  was imposed for those in the region, with an exemption placed on Belarusian children affected by Chernobyl.

UK Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said the Government values highly the importance of allowing the respite visits to continue as seamlessly as possible.

"We're pleased we've been able to reach an agreement with Belarus that allows these visits to resume, and remain in place for at least the next five years," he said in a statement.

"This agreement will enable UK charities to continue their worthwhile work, and for many more children to visit the UK for a temporary period of rest and recuperation."


The UK Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in UK visa and immigration services.


Bookmark and Share