To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Afghans already evacuated from their country will be required to apply for asylum and protection; what length of leave to remain they will be granted; and whether this will vary according to individual circumstances.
22 February 2022
The majority of those who entered the UK during the evacuation phase were granted limited leave to enter, usually for 6 months, with access to public funds and employment. This status is not a bar to them being permanently housed or to starting their life in the UK, including taking employment.
The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) commenced on 6th January. The ACRS will provide up to 20,000 women, children and others at risk with a safe and legal route to resettle in the UK.
Those resettled through ACRS and ARAP will receive fee-free Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. No one will be required to leave the UK, or be disadvantaged in any way, while we work through their cases.