US president Joe Biden welcomed the first flight from Afghanistan evacuating more than 200 people including interpreters, translators, and other workers along with their families on Friday.
Associated Press reported that a commercial plane of 221 Afghans-applicants of Special Immigration Visa- arrived in Dulles, Virginia just outside Washington D.C.
The people were screened for coronavirus and are tended to stay in Fort Lee, Virginia for seven days.
Joe Biden in a statement said that he is fulfilling his promise of bringing thousands of Afghans who have worked shoulder-to-shoulder with American troops during the past twenty years in Afghanistan.
The batch is first of the over seven hundred families that Joe Biden had pledged to be flown out directly to the United States. As per the plan, thousands of other applicants of SIV will be taken to a third country of US military base in a third country until their paper works get completed.
The White House statement further reads that Joe Biden thanked all the Afghans who have contributed to their mission in Afghanistan and said to be proud of them all.
On Thursday, Congress overwhelmingly passed the bill based on which 8 thousand additional visas were to be granted for Afghans who have worked alongside Americans in Afghanistan.