Over 28,000 Afghans have applied for temporary visas into the US, but so far only 100 of them have been approved
Over 28,000 Afghans have applied for temporary visas into the US, but so far only 100 of them have been approved. US Citizenship and Immigration Services have struggled to keep up with the surge in applicants, but they have promised to increase the number of personnel in order to expedite the approval process, UNI news agency said quoting Afghan media.
The visa applications were filed shortly before the Taliban forces captured Kabul on August 15. Afghan families who have permanently been settled in the US say that they are waiting for their relatives to settle in the US and are afraid they’ll become targets of the Taliban, Khaama News reported.
Each parole applicant - Afghans who will fund families in the US - has so far paid hundreds of dollars which have amounted to $11.5 million in total, that has been paid in the last few months. Since the humanitarian parole needs in-person interviews Afghan applicants must travel abroad to a third country where they must find a US embassy or consulate to visit for their interview. Flight restrictions in Afghanistan have made it harder for people to travel abroad.
Temporary US visas do not confer lawful permanent residence or immigration but are a way of escape for those who want to leave their country urgently for political, economic or environmental reasons (SAM)