The Government has recently announced the Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme. While full details of the scheme have not yet been released, preliminary details of the scheme state that the UK will welcome 20,000 vulnerable people fleeing persecution from the Taliban, with the aim to resettle up to 5,000 in its first year.
The scheme will offer Afghan nationals the chance to set up life in the UK permanently; priority under the scheme will be given to women and girls, and other minorities who are most at risk of human rights abuses.
The scheme will be modeled on the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, which helped to resettle around 20,000 Syrian refugees across the UK between 2014 and 2021.
When will the Afghanistan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme open?
There is not yet a set date for the route to open, however the Home Office is working urgently to open the route and further details will be announced in due course.
What other routes are available?
As the scheme is not yet open and details of how the scheme will work practically are still being worked out, Afghan nationals are encouraged to consider other visa routes where they are available.
The Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy, launched on 1 April 2021, is a separate route that focuses on relocating Afghan nationals who have been employed by the UK government and now face high and imminent risk to life.
Full details of the scheme have been published on the Government website, and the scheme will run alongside the Afghan Citizen’s Resettlement Scheme.
Afghan nationals who are already in the UK have the right to make an asylum claim. If an application is pending or has been refused, fresh submissions can be made to the Home Office if your circumstances or the situation in your home country has changed.
In light of the instability in Afghanistan, such claims will have strong merit, providing that nationality is not in dispute.
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