Joe Biden, the U.S. president, signed the extension of the Special Immigrant Visa program along with additional 4,000 visas for Afghans employed on behalf of the U.S. Government on December 30. The Omnibus spending bill includes several programs, including SIV visas, crucial assistance to Ukraine, safety, disaster recovery, violence against women, and medical research.
Some American MPs had hoped that a year-end government budget package would address the Afghans’ immigration status. However, the issues have still been pushed to the following year, 2023
No one Left Behind is one of the leading Organizations advocating and ensuring that America keeps its promise to those Afghans who worked with the U.S. through Special Immigration Visa Programs. The Organization wrote about the president’s tweet, “ensures that the United States keeps its promise to care for those who jeopardize their safety for our country.”
After the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and the subsequent collapse of the Republic government, the current regime swiftly seized the country; as a result, the Afghans who supported the U.S. special mission increased their fear of reprisal by the de-facto regime.
It made the Biden administration unveil the evacuation plans in which 60,000 Afghans successfully left and safely reached the United States under the program. Another 70,000 were withdrawn from the country under “humanitarian parole”, while thousands remained in the country.
To keep Afghans from being left stranded without legal residency status after their two years of humanitarian parole expires in August 2023, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has been urging Congress to consider the Afghan Adjustment Act for the past year. It will pave
the ground for those Afghans who meet the requirements to petition for US citizenship.
President Biden and the advocating organization “No One Left Behind” tweeted that much more needs to be done in the next year, 2023.