The US Department of Homeland Security announced on Monday that the administration of President Joe Biden has decided to simplify immigration procedures for Afghan refugees so that they can more quickly integrate into American society.
In a statement, the ministry said that about 70,000 Afghans who have arrived in the United States since July 30, when the “Welcome Allies” process began to evacuate these refugees, will benefit from the simplified procedures for obtaining the “green card”, a valuable residence permit in the United States, as well as the Various work permits they may need.
She added that under the simplified procedures, these refugees will also be exempted from registration fees, which is an important gesture given that the value of the various fees that a refugee must pay to obtain a residence permit alone can reach thousands of dollars.
“By giving these evacuees simplified procedures and fee waivers, we are creating opportunities for our Afghan allies and helping them rebuild their lives faster in our country,” the statement quoted Homeland Security Minister Alejandro Mallorcas as saying.
“These steps demonstrate our commitment to Afghans who have provided invaluable assistance to the United States over the past 20 years, as well as to Afghans who are at risk,” he added.
More than 120,000 people were evacuated from Kabul this summer, including diplomats and foreign nationals, but especially tens of thousands of Afghans who are at risk primarily because they cooperated with the international coalition forces in Afghanistan.
Of these, the United States hosted 70,000 refugees, while others went to other countrie