The US government will facilitate immigration procedures for Afghans who have recently arrived in the United States, the US Department of Homeland Security has announced.
About 70,000 Afghans have arrived in the United States since the U.S. military evacuated tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power.
Afghans who arrived in the US on or after July 30 this year will be able to take advantage of easing procedures for obtaining a permanent residence permit, as well as various work permits, authorities said.
They also do not have to pay for the application, which usually costs thousands of dollars.
“By facilitating the process for these evacuees, we will open the door for our Afghan allies to begin rebuilding their lives in our communities much sooner,” said Alejandro Mayorkas, chief of the US Department of Homeland Security.
“These actions demonstrate our continued commitment to the Afghans who have provided valuable assistance to the United States over the past two decades, as well as to the Afghans who are at risk,” he added.
More than 120,000 people were evacuated from Kabul in August, including diplomats, foreign nationals and thousands of Afghans fleeing the Taliban regime.
Some have been worried that their lives would be in danger if they stay in Afghanistan, because they have worked with the US and other international forces.
The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan on August 15.
The United States ended its mission in Afghanistan at the end of that month, ending a nearly 20-year war.
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