Washington. The Biden administration in America is continuously increasing the process of helping the people fleeing from Afghanistan. America is issuing 813 visas every week. Whereas, in March this figure was around 100. State Department spokesman Ned Price gave this information on Friday. Administration officials have been working overtime in recent days to work out lists of special immigrant visa applicants.
“With the increase in consular staff at the embassy in Kabul and Washington DC, the number of visas we are able to issue increased from 100 to 813 per week in March,” Price said. “We certainly don’t want to see a government that deprives people of their rights everywhere,” he said. “At present, we do not have the resources to go beyond the airport compound (Kabul, Afghanistan),” the spokesman said.
The CNN report quoted the State Department as saying that the process of issuing weekly visas increased notably between March and early August. An official said that even after months of internal discussions, there was a lack of decision-making on how to handle and expedite the visa work. During this, the biggest challenge before the officials is to meet the demand of those Afghans who are trying to leave Afghanistan and reach America.
In a conversation with CNN, the administrative official said that the special immigrant visa has been denied. The visa program was established in 2009 specifically for Afghan nationals, their spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 who worked for the US government in Afghanistan and faced threats because of being US ally. Were.
President Joe Biden had said that America is thinking of evacuating a total of 50 thousand to 65 thousand Afghans. These include Afghan visa and refugee applicants along with their families. According to the State Department, 17,000 SIV applicants were in the process when Biden took office. At the same time, due to the corona virus epidemic, there were no interviews in Kabul since March 2020. Although the interview process resumed in early February, it had to be temporarily closed again due to Corona.