Afghanistan: Asylum

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 20th September 2021.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to improve processing times for applications to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Since the launch of the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) in April 2021, we have received more than 67,000 applications and are continuing to receive large quantities each day.

The original ARAP team has already been augmented with significant additional resource, and in the coming days we are establishing a cell of augmented staff to support the initial triage of applications so that applicants can be notified of our decision on their eligibility as soon as possible. A dedicated casework team are currently processing 6,800 applications, however in the majority of these cases we have requested more information and documentation from the applicant and are waiting to receive this before we can make the most appropriate and informed eligibility decision.

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