BAFTA 2022 Film Awards: Andy Serkis rips Priti Patel’s Ukrainian refugee immigration policy

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BAFTA 2022 Film Awards: Andy Serkis expertly tears up Priti Patel’s visa rules for Ukrainian refugees and UK’s ‘hostile’ immigration policy while performing on stage

  • Unlike the EU – which allows Ukrainians to reside for three years without a visa – the UK has maintained entry checks, saying they are essential for security
  • Priti Patel announced on Wednesday that Ukrainians with passports will no longer have to attend an in-person appointment at a visa application center
  • This only applies to Ukrainians applying to come to the UK who already have family living in the country, and therefore fall under the “reunion” scheme.

The UK has been criticized for taking in only around 1,000 Ukrainian refugees so far as people flee as their homeland is overrun by Russian troops.

And at Sunday night’s BAFTA 2022 Film Awards, Andy Serkis, 57, deftly tore up Home Secretary Priti Patel’s visa rules and UK immigration policy, while presenting Best Director at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The Lord of the Rings star called the Tory MP’s handling of visa applications a “complete nightmare” while saying that in general she has created a “hostile environment” for asylum seekers.

‘Nightmare’! At Sunday night’s BAFTA 2022 Film Awards, Andy Serkis, 57, tore up Home Secretary Priti Patel’s visa rules for Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion

Stepping onto the stage, Andy said, “A world-class director is a visionary empowered to change the world with a story they yearn to tell.

“Bringing together and leading a large family of extremely talented strangers on a difficult and chaotic journey

“While hopefully creating an atmosphere that inspires, is inclusive and equally values ​​each member of this family

“So it’s no surprise that Priti Patel on her feature debut, Hostile Environment, ran into huge problems.

“And that his follow-up film – All Refugees Welcome But Some Are More Welcome Than Others – is a complete nightmare.”

'Hostile!'  He called the Conservative MP's processing of visa applications a

‘Hostile!’ He called the Tory MP’s handling of visa applications a “complete nightmare” while saying that in general she has created a “hostile environment” for asylum seekers.

Unlike the European Union – which allows Ukrainians to reside for three years without a visa – the UK has maintained entry checks, saying they are essential for security.

Earlier this week, Boris Johnson defended the nations’ response to the crisis and said an upcoming scheme will allow Britons to take citizens of the war-torn country home.

The scheme will allow Britons to place people fleeing war in a guest room, or perhaps give them a job. However, it is expected that anyone offering to host a Ukrainian refugee will have to pass the Disclosure and Barring Service checks, which will further slow down the process.

Dozens of Ukrainian families have been turned back to Calais with only 760 people having obtained visas under the Interior Ministry’s family support program despite tens of thousands of applications.

Following mounting criticism, Priti Patel announced major changes to the visa regime on Thursday – but charities said they had not gone far enough.

How does the visa process work and why do people have to provide biometrics?

The government’s refugee scheme means British nationals with family in Ukraine are now allowed to bring their relatives to Britain, while Ukrainians living in the UK can do the same.

People in Ukraine who are eligible to come to the UK must apply for a visa online.

This process requires people to provide a wealth of information about themselves and formal evidence to support their application.

They must provide their full name, date of birth, current passport and details of any criminal convictions.

They must also prove their connection to the UK.

For example, someone looking to join their partner in Britain must prove that they are married or have been living together for at least two years.

They must provide evidence to prove this is the case in the form of a marriage certificate, rental agreement, utility bill or bank statement.

Once they have submitted their application with supporting documents, they are currently required to attend an in-person appointment at a Visa Application Center (VAC).

During their appointment, they are asked to provide biometric data in the form of fingerprints.

This data is then used by the UK to carry out security checks which then inform the decision whether or not to grant someone a visa.

The UK has been criticized for sticking to this system because the situation on the ground in Ukraine makes it difficult for people to travel to a VAC.

The easing of rules from Tuesday March 15 for Ukrainian passport holders will remove the requirement to present for a VAC as part of the application process.

People authorized to come to the UK will need to report to a VAC to provide biometrics after arriving in Britain.

While on the BAFTA red carpet earlier in the evening, Andy Serkis insisted that “The arts hold humanity together.”

Reflecting on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, he told the PA news agency: “It’s a difficult situation to have a celebration like this when such terrible and horrible things are happening not far away. from here.”

“But I think it’s also important that the arts are celebrated because the arts hold humanity together, and in fact the freedom of expression and the power of storytelling is something that I think Ukrainians would totally applaud. .

“So if we’re holding them back tonight and reflecting the fun and the passion back to them, I don’t think that’s a bad thing.”

He added: “It’s really important to remember what’s happening in the context of an event like this.”

“But like I said, what it represents is so positive, because it’s about inclusion, because in fact the Bafta have really, really moved, in recent years, towards inclusion.”

BAFTA 2022: THE WINNERS

Best film

The Power of the Dog – WINNER

Belfast

Don’t look up

dune

Licorice Pizza

Outstanding British Film

Belfast – WINNER

After Love

Ali and Ava

Boiling point

Cyrano

Everybody’s talking about Jamie

Gucci House

Last night in Soho

no time to die

Who passed

Main actress

Joanna Scanlan, After Love – WINNER

Lady Gaga, House of Gucci

Alana Haim, licorice pizza

Emilia Jones, CODA

Renata Reinsve, the worst person in the world

Tessa Thompson, pass

Main actor

Will Smith, King Richard – WINNER

Adel Akhtar, Ali and Ava

Mahershala Ali, the swan song

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog

Leonardo DiCaprio, Don’t Look Up

Stephen Graham, boiling point

supporting actress

Victory: Ariana DeBose received the gong for Best Supporting Actress

Victory: Ariana DeBose received the gong for Best Supporting Actress

Ariana DeBose, West Side Story – WINNER

Caitriona Balfe, Belfast

Jessie Buckley, the lost girl

Ruth Negga, by the way

Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard

Ann Dowd, Mass

Supporting actor

Congratulations: Troy Kotsur got a supporting actor role for his role in Coda

Congratulations: Troy Kotsur got a supporting actor role for his role in Coda

Troy Kotsur, CODA – WINNER

Mike Faist, West Side Story

Ciaran Hinds, Belfast

Woody Norman, come on come on

Jesse Plemons, The Power of the Dog

Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog

Director

Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog – WINNER

Aleem Khan, After Love

Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Drive My Car

Audrey Diwan, Happening

Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza

Julia Ducournau, Titanium

Outstanding first steps by a British writer, director or producer

The more they fall – WINNER

After Love

Boiling point

Keyboard fantasies

Who passed

Adapted scenario

CODA – WINNER

drive my car

dune

The lost girl

The power of the dog

Original screenplay

Licorice Pizza – WINNER

Be the Ricardos

Belfast

Don’t look up

King Richard

EE Rising Star Award

EE Rising Star Award: Bond star Lashana Lynch won

Lashana Lynch – WINNER

Harris Dickinson

Millicent Simmonds

Kodi Smit McPhee

Ariana DeBose

Cinematography

Dune – WINNER

alley of nightmares

no time to die

The power of the dog

Macbeth’s Tragedy

Animation Film

Encanto – WINNER

To run away

Lucas

The Mitchells vs. the Machines

Documentary

Summer of Soul (or, When the Revolution Couldn’t Be Televised) – WINNER

Become Cousteau

Cow

To run away

The rescue

Movie not in english

Drive My Car – WINNER

God’s hand

Parallel mothers

Little mom

The worst person in the world

costume design

Costume design: Cruella won the gong

Costume design: Cruella won the gong

Cruella – WINNER

Cyrano

dune

The French Dispatch

alley of nightmares

Make-up and hairstyle

Tammy Faye’s eyes – WINNER

Cruel

Cyrano

dune

Gucci House

Original score

Dune – WINNER

Be the Ricardos

Don’t look up

The French Dispatch

The power of the dog

Editing

No time to die – WINNER

Belfast

dune

Licorice Pizza

Summer of Soul (or, When the Revolution Couldn’t Be Televised)

production design

Dune – WINNER

Cyrano

The French Dispatch

alley of nightmares

West Side Story

Ring

Dune – WINNER

Last night in Soho

no time to die

A Quiet Place Part II

West Side Story

Special visual effects

Dune – WINNER

British animated short

Foundry

Boiling point

God’s hand

King Richard

West Side Story

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