Refugees: Afghanistan

Home Office written question – answered on 1st July 2022.

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Photo of Daisy Cooper Daisy Cooper Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure that Afghan refugees accepted under the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme receive their Biometric Residence Permits without undue delay.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Over 15,000 people were supported to come to the UK directly during Op Pitting. In the nine months since we have helped a further 4,000 people to safety in the UK via neighbouring countries. Those who arrived in the UK were granted limited leave to enter which allows access to public funds and employment.

We are continuing the process of granting Indefinite Leave to Remain to everyone who arrived during the evacuation, and who is eligible. Biometric Residence Permits are produced automatically, usually within a few weeks of people being granted Indefinite Leave to Remain.

We have made arrangements to ensure prospective employers and landlords can contact the Home Office to confirm individuals’ right to take employment and rented accommodation prior to them receiving a Biometric Residence Permit.

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