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Afghanistan: Aid for Women - Question (11 Sep 2023)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...We have also sought to provide support for those who are most vulnerable, those who work directly with the United Kingdom, through the various schemes that we have run—the ACRS pathway 3 and the ARAP. Those schemes support their access to the United Kingdom, particularly Chevening scholars working within the security firm GardaWorld but also those who worked within the British Council....

Defence: Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (11 Sep 2023)

James Heappey: The Ministry of Defence’s priority remains the relocation of ARAP-eligible Afghans to the safety of third countries at best pace. His Majesty’s Government continue to accommodate and support ARAP-eligible people in third countries while they await relocation to the United Kingdom.

Defence: Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (11 Sep 2023)

James Heappey: I said in May to the House that we aim to process all outstanding initial ARAP applications by the end of August. I can report that we have just 2,000 complex cases remaining from more than 93,000 principal applications that we received. We have issued over 58,000 decisions to applicants in the past three months, giving them the clarity they deserve, and we continue to move at best pace to...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Afghanistan: Refugees (11 Sep 2023)

Leo Docherty: ...for those in Afghanistan for us to give a running commentary on numbers, which could draw attention to those preparing to cross the border. For Pakistan, as of 4 September, there are circa 2030 ARAP eligible individuals, and circa 700 eligible individuals under ACRS Pathway 3.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Afghanistan: Refugees ( 8 Sep 2023)

James Heappey: As of 29 August 2023, there are 582 confirmed ARAP-eligible principal applicants and an estimated 1,700 of their family members in Afghanistan, at the point they last confirmed their location with the ARAP casework team. This figure fluctuates as we continue to identify eligible individuals and as we continue to support the relocation of eligible Afghans and their families out of...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Afghanistan: Refugees ( 7 Sep 2023)

James Heappey: Since the end of Op PITTING and the UK's presence in Afghanistan, our ability to offer any in-country support has been severely affected as such we have not accepted anyone under Category 3 of the ARAP scheme. As a result, our priority has been to focus on those eligible for relocation via other categories of the ARAP scheme.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Afghanistan: Refugees ( 7 Sep 2023)

James Heappey: Section 16 of the online ARAP application form ('What was your Employing Department?') provides a list of the relevant Government Departments to applicants. The ARAP team works across Government to conduct checks with relevant Departments by whom the applicant was employed, contracted to or worked alongside, in partnership with or closely supported or assisted. While any UK Government...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan ( 7 Sep 2023)

Robert Jenrick: ...people to safety to the UK. Any current or former staff directly employed by, or for, the UK Government and assessed to be at serious risk of threat to life are eligible to apply for the ARAP.  The Ministry of Defence first consider all applications under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP). Afghan citizens and their family members assessed as eligible for...

Written Answers — Home Office: Afghanistan: Refugees ( 7 Sep 2023)

Robert Jenrick: ...- GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) (published on 24 August 2023), show that since their first arrivals in 2021, the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) and the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) - have resettled a total of 21,526 people.

Cabinet Office: Afghan Resettlement ( 7 Sep 2023)

Dan Jarvis: ...policy are stuck in hotels in Islamabad. I know that he has seen the letter that went to the Prime Minister, which I signed along with other colleagues. What is the plan to get those 2,000 ARAP-entitled Afghans into settled accommodation?

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Afghanistan: Refugees ( 6 Sep 2023)

James Heappey: HMG knows who worked for, or alongside the UK Government in Afghanistan. We have therefore rightly prioritised the way we process ARAP applications by identifying those we know to be eligible and in need of our support. The Ministry of Defence has, through the recruitment of more caseworkers and improved processes, made significant progress in processing ARAP applications. This has resulted...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Afghanistan: Refugees ( 6 Sep 2023)

James Heappey: As of 1 September 2023, only 2,137 cases were awaiting an Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) eligibility decision. We have made significant progress and have issued over 58,000 decisions in the last three months. We are working at pace to resolve a small number of remaining complex cases, of which many require consultation with other Government Departments.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Afghanistan: Refugees ( 6 Sep 2023)

James Heappey: In August 2023, 1,330 applications to the ARAP scheme were received, and an estimated 31,963 applications were processed.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Afghanistan: Refugees ( 5 Sep 2023)

Tan Dhesi: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 July 2023 to Question 194186, how many and what proportion of the applications which have been received but not granted ARAP eligibility are (a) awaiting consideration and (b) have been declined.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan ( 4 Sep 2023)

Robert Jenrick: ...or former staff directly employed by, or for, the UK Government and assessed to be at serious risk of threat to life are eligible to apply for the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP).  To support eligible people in Afghanistan in applying for the ARAP, we have made information available at: Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy: further information on eligibility...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Refugees: Afghanistan ( 2 Aug 2023)

Baroness Coussins: To ask His Majesty's Government how many Afghan interpreters who worked with the British armed forces in Afghanistan have to date been relocated to the UK under (1) ARAP, (2) the Intimidation Policy, (3) the Locally Employed Staff Ex-Gratia Scheme, and (4) any other relevant scheme; and in each case how many were relocated (a) directly from Afghanistan, and (b) from a third country.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Refugees: Afghanistan ( 2 Aug 2023)

Baroness Coussins: To ask His Majesty's Government how many Afghan interpreters who worked with the British armed forces in Afghanistan who have applied to be relocated to the UK under (1) ARAP, (2) the Intimidation Policy, (3) the Locally Employed Staff Ex-Gratia Scheme and (4) any other relevant scheme are awaiting security clearance before travelling; and in each case how many have applied (a) directly from...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (31 Jul 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: Since the launch of the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme in April 2021, we have received over 141,000 applications, and have relocated over 12,200 eligible individuals and their family members to safety in the UK. We are unable to breakdown our figures by specific job role. We are committed to improving and speeding up processing times for family reunion applications. We...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (31 Jul 2023)

Lord Murray of Blidworth: ...are issued as soon as is practicable, following appropriate checks including security. More information on the number of grants of Indefinite Leave to Remain issued to Afghans resettling under the ARAP or ACRS can be viewed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/afghan-resettleme nt-programme-operational-data/afghan-resettlement-programme- operational-data Afghan...

Written Answers — Home Office: Afghanistan: Refugees (19 Jul 2023)

Robert Jenrick: ...ending March 2023 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) (published on 25 May 2023), show that since their first arrivals in 2021, the Afghan schemes – the ACRS and the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) - have resettled a total of 21,004 people. The UK has made one of the largest commitments of any country to support those impacted by events in Afghanistan. The Afghan Citizens...


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