US House passes legislation increasing the available visas for Afghans by 8,000

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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.

This comes as efforts are underway to directly relocate 2,500 Afghans directly to the United States who have previously worked with the U.S. government.

The U.S. officials have 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.

Meanwhile, a coalition of the U.S. media companies has requested the U.S. Congress and Administration of President Joe Biden to offer special visas for the Afghan journalists and other staff who have worked with the U.S. media outlets.

In separate letters sent to the Congress and the Biden Administration, the coalition has stated that there is a critical need for a special visa program to allow those Afghans who have worked with the U.S. media to find safety in the United States with their families.

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