Afghanistan: Refugees

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules, HC 913, published on 14 December 2021, how many successful Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme applicants now in the UK would have been (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful under the new eligibility criteria for the ARAP scheme.

Answered on

5 January 2022

The amendments to the immigration rules, as laid by the Home Secretary, are intended to ensure that the ARAP policy is correctly reflected in those rules and to ensure greater clarity and consistency for potential applicants. The amended eligibility criteria will not apply retrospectively, and as such only applicants that have not yet undergone eligibility assessments will be assessed under the new criteria.

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