Middle East

Biden administration plans to evacuate 2,500 Afghans to US

11:23, 17 July 2021
Biden administration plans to evacuate 2,500 Afghans to US Photo: U.S. Department of Defense/Digital/Global Look Press

The Biden administration plans to send Afghans, who worked for the US during the 20-year war directly to the US and to third countries or military bases overseas. These people have applied for a Special Immigrant Visa to move to the US avoiding Taliban mortal threat.

The Biden administration has come under strong pressure from lawmakers, refugee rights organizations and veteran groups to take care about protection of vulnerable Afghans, who worked with Americans otherwise such Afghans may face retaliation from the Taliban.

Around 2,500 Afghans have completed their visa security vetting, thus they will be delivered with their families directly to the US military base in the US, according to a State Department spokesperson and two Defense officials.

“Shortly, after they arrive, once the medical check-up requirement is complete, their immigration status will be adjusted so they can be eligible for refugee resettlement benefits that will help them and their families with the resettlement process,” according to the State Department spokesperson.

Others, roughly 10,000, whose background verification is not yet completed will be delivered to “the US military base overseas or to third countries, where they will be safely housed until their immigration processing is complete,” the State Department spokesperson added.

The threatened Afghans will be transferred by chartered civilian planes and the process of escaping is expected to start within days, Two Defense officials and two refugee advocates said.