To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to reduce timescales in responding to Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy applicants; and what assessment he has made of the effect of current timescales on the risk to life for applicants.
22 October 2021
The Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) team at PJHQ continues to be augmented with additional staff to conduct detailed casework on outstanding applications and make the most appropriate eligibility decisions on these applications. As at 19 October the ARAP team has 59 members of staff from across the MOD to assist with this work.
Work is ongoing to reform the workflows within the ARAP team, including the revision of how and when the team communicates with ARAP applicants. Changes to this process continue to be implemented to improve the efficiency of the ARAP application process and ensure the safety of eligible applicants.