Some countries have recently announced opportunities for Afghan nationals who have worked or been affiliated with those countries to apply for permission to travel to those countries. These programs are established by those countries and UNHCR does not refer people to the programs or process applications.
There may be more programs that are now or soon to be available. UNHCR will try to keep this list updated as we become aware of these State-sponsored programs.
Details on these programs can be found on the websites set up by the particular State:
United States of America
The United States recently announced opportunities for Afghan nationals who have worked or been affiliated with the US government, military, NGOs, or media. Please visit the following sites from the US State Department for details:
Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) for Afghans employed by or on behalf of the US Government
Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) for Afghans who worked as translators/interpreters for US military forces
US Refugee Assistance Program (USRAP) Priority 2 Program
The Canadian program is available for Afghan nationals whose “employment involved a significant and/or enduring relationship with the Government of Canada”, including interpreters for the Canadian military and local staff who work or worked for the Canadian Embassy. Please visit the following site for details:
Special Program for Afghans who Assisted Canada
The UK has established two programs for current and former locally employed staff in Afghanistan. Please visit the following sites for details:
Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP)
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