To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of applicants who had applied to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy but had not yet received a decision were not evacuated as part of Operation Pitting.
9 September 2021
Everyone coming to the UK on evacuation flights from Afghanistan was subject to rigorous security checks to make sure that the UK's national security is protected. Our focus was on evacuating as many as possible who had been found eligible and, as a result, only those who had been found eligible were called forward.
The Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) for those who worked with the UK in Afghanistan is not time-limited and will endure. We continue to work flat out to process all outstanding applications.