Biden administration to expand refugee access for Afghans who worked with U.S.

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from The Washington Post,

The Biden administration is expanding priority refugee access to Afghans who have worked with the U.S. government, the State Department said Monday, an acknowledgment of the perils facing those affiliated with the United States as the military withdraws.

The expanded program could help “many thousands” of Afghans and their families immigrate to the United States, primarily current or former employees who are not eligible under an existing program designed to aid interpreters and others with at least two years of service, officials said.

About 200 interpreters and their families arrived at a military base in Virginia on Friday as part of a first wave of relocations under that program, the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) initiative. More are expected to be moved to the United States or to third countries while their applications are processed under a new initiative called Operation Allies Refugee.

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