To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10 September 2021 to Question 40586 on Afghanistan: Chevening Scholarships Programme, what steps the Government is taking to ensure the safe passage of 2021 Afghan Chevening scholars to the UK; and whether those scholars will be prioritised under the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
21 September 2021
Prior to the UK’s final withdrawal on 28 August, all 35 Afghan Chevening scholars were contacted, with the majority having now arrived in the UK. We are aware there a small number of scholars who are currently in a third country overseas and we are working to find the best solution for them to come to the UK to start their course. Those overseas in a third country can make a visa application as normal.
The Afghan Citizens Resettlement scheme will prioritise those who have assisted the UK efforts in Afghanistan and stood up for values such as democracy, women’s rights, freedom of speech, and rule of law. The scheme will also prioritise vulnerable people, including women and girls at risk, and members of minority groups at risk.