The U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday approved $100 million emergency funds to resettle the Afghan refugees, including the applicants of Special Immigrant Visas.
“By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 2(c)(1) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 (22 U.S.C. 2601(c)(1)) (MRAA), I hereby determine, pursuant to section 2(c)(1) of the MRAA, that it is important to furnish assistance under the MRAA in an amount of up to $100 million from the United States Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund for the purpose of meeting unexpected urgent refugee and migration needs, victims of conflict, and other persons at risk as a result of the situation in Afghanistan, including applicants for Special Immigrant Visas,” reads the memorandum to the State Secretary.
It also added “Such assistance may be provided on a bilateral or multilateral basis as appropriate, including through contributions to international organizations and through funding to other nongovernmental organizations, governments, and United States departments and agencies.”
This comes as the United States House of Representatives on Thursday approved legislation increasing the number of available visas for the Afghans by 8,000.
Sponsored by Representative Jason Crow, the bill would make some changes to the Afghanistan Special Immigrant Visa program.
With an intention to make it easier to get the visas approved, the bill clarifies who is eligible for the Special Immigrant Visa.
Earlier, the U.S. officials confirmed that that Washington intends to relocate 2,500 Afghans directly to the United States who have previously worked with the U.S. government.
The officials also confirmed that around 10,000 other Afghans who have worked for the US government will be evacuated to third countries or military bases overseas where their visa and paperwork will be reviewed.