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This factsheet is for people evacuated from Afghanistan. It provides information on your rights and the next steps regarding your immigration status in the UK.
On behalf of the whole country, we would like to warmly welcome you to the United Kingdom.
We appreciate this will be an extremely difficult time for both you and your loved ones, but you are welcome here in the UK and we encourage you to make the most of everything the UK has to offer.
If you do not have your passport with you, you will have received an official letter from the Home Office when you arrived in the UK. You must keep this letter safe and use this to show your UK immigration status.
During your stay, you can work, study and receive free healthcare. If you require it, you will also be eligible for financial support and accommodation. We can help you to evidence your entitlements to services and we will provide details of organisations who can support you. You will be given more information on this in due course. You should speak to the welfare team at the hotel if you require urgent financial support.
UK immigration routes
We will work with you to secure your long-term UK immigration status over the next six months. There are a number of different immigration routes and we will work with you to identify which is best for you.
The Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy
The Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) is for any current or former locally employed staff in Afghanistan who are assessed to be under serious threat to life and are offered relocation to the UK regardless of their employment, status, rank or role, or length of time served. Those who are resettled through the ARAP scheme, regardless of when they arrived, will be given indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK.
If you are eligible or for further advice on your immigration status please contact: email@example.com
The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme
If you arrived in the UK under the evacuation programme and if you are not eligible under the other routes, you will be the first to be resettled under the scheme. You will be notified if you are eligible and will not need to apply to the scheme.
The scheme will prioritise:
- those who have assisted the UK efforts in Afghanistan and stood up for values such as democracy, women’s rights and freedom of speech, rule of law (for example, judges, women’s rights activists, academics, journalists)
- vulnerable people, including women and girls at risk, and members of minority groups at risk (including ethnic and religious minorities and LGBT+)
If you are eligible, your spouses, partners, and children under the age of 18 will also be eligible for the scheme. Efforts will be made to facilitate their travel to the UK. Other family members may also be resettled in exceptional circumstances.
If you are resettled under the scheme, you will be given indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK, which means there is no longer any time limit on your ability to stay in the UK and will be able to apply for British citizenship after 5 years in the UK under existing rules.
Family members of British Citizens, refugees and those with indefinite leave (settlement) in the UK
If you are a family member of a British citizen, settled person or refugee you may be eligible to apply to continue living with your family in the UK. This includes if you’re planning to live with your:
- spouse or partner
- fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner
- parent (if you are a child)
- relative who’ll provide long-term care for you
If you are eligible, you will be given indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK.
Existing visa holders
You may hold a visa or entry clearance to come the UK, either to work, study, visit, or to join family who already live here. Depending on the visa you applied for, you may have different rights and a different length of stay in the UK.
You should check the conditions of your visa. Further information on UK visas can be found at GOV.UK.
If you are an Afghan Chevening Scholar, you should continue to liaise with your Chevening contact to find out what you need to do next.
Other routes you may be eligible to apply for
If you have questions about the support available to you, you can contact the welfare helpline. It is specifically for people who have been evacuated from Afghanistan and are staying in a hotel in the UK.
Telephone 02475 389 980 – select option 1
Monday to Sunday, 6am to 6pm
Call charges vary depending on your phone provider and whether you use a landline or mobile. Further information on call charges can be found on GOV.UK
If you do not have access to a phone, UK government staff will be available where you’re staying.