Following urgent pleas from lawmakers and affected Afghans, the United States will evacuate some Afghans who helped the country by working as interpreters and translators for the U.S. military and in other roles, officials said on June 24, 2021. “Those who helped us are not going to be left behind,” President Joe Biden said to reporters. The goal is to evacuate them before the U.S. military drawdown from Afghanistan in September.

According to reports, a group of affected Afghans will be brought to Guam or a third country to complete their application process before receiving Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs). The details are unclear about how many will be evacuated, which country they will go to, and how long the process will take. An estimated 18,000 Afghans are in the SIV pipeline, according to a Department of State spokesperson.

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