Afghanistan: Refugees

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average time taken is to reach a decision on an application to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme.

Answered on

11 January 2022

Since August 2021 the number of applications received for the ARAP scheme have increased exponentially to around 102,000 as at 10 January 2022. We do not record or hold the metrics for the processing times of applications, and any number of factors can affect how long it takes for an applicant to progress through each stage of the process. For example: their location, access to IT, employment history verification, security checks, or family circumstances. We continue to process applications as swiftly as possible and the Ministry of Defence has devoted significant resource to the task.

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