US Approves $100 Million Funding for Afghan Refugees Needs, Evacuation
US President Joe Biden has authorised up to $100 million from an emergency fund to meet the “unexpected urgent” refugee needs stemming from the situation in Afghanistan, including for Afghan special immigration visa applicants, Al Jazeera, quoted the White House, as saying, on Saturday.
The United States is preparing to begin evacuating thousands of Afghan applicants for special immigration visas (SIVs) who are at risk from the Taliban because they worked for the US government.
The first batch of evacuees and their families is expected to be flown before the end of the month to Fort Lee, a US military base in Virginia, where they will wait for the final processing of their visa applications.
The Biden administration is reviewing other US facilities in the US and overseas where SIV applicants and their families could be accommodated.
“The US Embassy will coordinate with the State Department to support Operation Allies Refuge,” said Ambassador Ross Wilson, the US Chargé d’Affaires in Kabul.
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