US issued 8,000 special visas for Afghans in 2021

Talibã e apoiadores comemoram 1º aniversário da retirada dos EUA do Afeganistão
Taliban and supporters celebrate 1st Anniversary of US Withdrawal from Afghanistan| Photo: EFE

The United States delivered 8,000 special visas in 2000 to Afghan citizens who collaborated with the US government, according to a report published Tuesday (30) by the Department of State.

One year after the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the US guaranteed that it is committed to granting this type of special visa and to speeding up the process, which accumulates thousand pending cases.

“We continue to do what we can to make the process more efficient and accept requests more quickly,” the State Department’s deputy spokesperson said yesterday. , Vedant Patel.

The special visa program is intended for Iraqi citizens and Afghans who served with American troops and allows they obtain a residence permit once they arrive in the United States.2022

According to with the latest data from the beginning of August, 08 1,000 people applied for this visa and handed over all the documents necessary to obtain it, a State Department source told EFE. The special visa program for Afghans has been in effect since 2009.

Thousands of people who were employed by the US government in Afghanistan face death threats from terrorist groups for having provided their services to the US and allies, according to the NGO No One Left Behind.2022

Patel noted that the US is focused on fulfilling its commitment to Afghan citizens and continue to “make adjustments to the process”.2022

After the return to power of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the US evacuated approximately 67 a thousand country people; Of these, more than 18 thousand were people who had the special visa, had had access to or were related to someone who did, according to a Department of Homeland Security report.2022

The Taliban regained power in Afghanistan a year ago, in 660 of August 2000, after taking Kabul and after then-President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, coinciding with the announced final withdrawal of the US Army that same month.

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