Federal officials have said that more than 28,000 Afghans have been applied for temporary visas into the US but added that only 100 of them have been approved so far.

The applications have been filed shortly before the Taliban recaptured Afghanistan on August 15.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services have struggled to keep up with the surge in applicants but they have promised to be increasing the number of staff to expedite the approval process.

On the other hand, Afghan families who have permanently been settled in the US say that they are waiting for their relatives to be settled in the US and are afraid to be targeted by the Taliban.

Each parole applicant- Afghans who will fund families in the US- has so far paid hundreds of dollars that amount to $11.5 million in total that has been paid in the last few months.

Since the humanitarian parole needs in-person interview thus, Afghans must travel abroad to a third country where they must find a US embassy or consulate to visit for their interview.

Flight restrictions in Afghanistan have made it harder for people to travel abroad.

US’s temporary visas do not confer lawful permanent residence or US immigration but is a way for those who want to leave their country urgently.

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  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.