More than 130 visas had been approved allowed Ukraine war refugees to travel to the Isle of Wight, according to Home Office data on April 26, PA News Agency has reported.

On April 6, just 39 visas had been issued for the Island, under the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

There has been continued criticism that the Government is not working fast enough, leaving families and sponsors in limbo.

The Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme, also known as Homes for Ukraine, allows people in the UK to volunteer to house refugees for at least six months.

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Isle of Wight County Press: Isle of Wight drop off points for donations to Ukraine and its refugees.Isle of Wight drop off points for donations to Ukraine and its refugees.

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Those who gain sponsorship can live, work and study in the UK for up to three years.

The Government said the data is likely to contain some duplicate records.

The Isle of Wight has also been sending aid to Moldova, through East Cowes charity MAD-Aid.

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Donations from thirteen lorries are supporting its work, via its Phoenix Centre, which is housing some of those who are fleeing the war.

The charity also wants to raise funds to sustain 20 centres, housing 1,500 Ukrainians, by buying housing in Moldova.

The cost of this is £14,000 per month to maintain.

According to Moldova's government 97,000 Ukrainians including 48,000 children, had crossed the border by the end of March.

Meanwhile, in the UK, there have also been national reports of Ukrainian families unable to travel, due to individual members not being granted visas.

A spokesperson for the UK Government said: "The changes the Home Office has made to streamline the visa system, including simplifying the forms and boosting staff numbers, are working and we are now processing visas as quickly as they come in – enabling thousands more Ukrainians to come through our uncapped routes."

Stephen Kinnock, shadow minister for immigration, said it was "truly inspiring" to see so many British households open their doors to fleeing refugees.

But he also criticised the UK Government’s handling of the scheme, saying issues with processing visas had created a "bureaucratic nightmare."