The government said on Wednesday that Afghans and their families working for the British army and government will be allowed to stay in the UK indefinitely.
The new policy applies to people resettled in the UK under the Afghanistan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP), which is designed to protect British Afghan workers at risk of Taliban retaliation.
ARAP is Launched on April 1Long before Afghanistan returned to Taliban control. The government stated that people who have moved to the UK under ARAP can apply for free to convert temporary leave to indefinite leave.
The government said in a cross-departmental statement: “This will give Afghans the certainty and stability to rebuild their lives with unrestricted working rights and the option to apply for British citizenship in the future.” statement.
This is part of the government’s “warm welcome” to resettle the Afghans evacuated by the Royal Air Force. During the two-week evacuation period, approximately 15,000 British and Afghan nationals were airlifted out of Kabul, of which more than 8,000 were ARAP claimants.
At least 12 million pounds (16.5 million US dollars) will be provided to provide children with additional school places and provide them with school transportation, professional teachers and English language support.
Up to 300 undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships will also be provided to Afghans in British universities.
The government stated that adults who need English language courses will be able to get these courses for free.
Additional funds will be provided to help ARAP arrivals to obtain health care and housing.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that he was “determined” to help Afghans integrate into Britain.
Johnson said: “We owe a huge debt to those who work in the Afghan Armed Forces, and I am determined to provide them and their families with the support they need to rebuild their lives in the UK.”
“I know this will be an incredibly daunting moment, but I hope they can cheer up from the wave of support and generosity that the British public has already expressed.”
A separate resettlement plan for Afghan citizens is still being developed, which is expected to resettle 20,000 Afghans who are most at risk of human rights violations and inhumane treatment by the Taliban.
Afghan Resettlement Minister Victoria Atkins said the government has not yet decided whether these people will also receive indefinite residence permits.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times