US plans to evacuate and relocate thousands of Afghans who worked with US and NATO forces, AP report.
The Biden administration plans to evacuate tens of thousands of Afghan interpreters and others who worked with U.S. forces during the war while their applications for U.S. entry are processed, according to officials familiar with the matter told AP.
An Afghan interpreter, right, works on a patrol in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province — Julie Jacobson / AP
The administration has begun to identify a group of interpreters to be relocated outside of Afghanistan before U.S. completes its drawdown by September, said a senior administration official.
Those individuals have already begun the process of applying for special immigrant visas available to Afghans who have worked with the U.S. The official stressed that administration relocation efforts would comply with U.S. consular law and would be coordinated with Congress.