Nusrat Ghani, MP for Wealden, continues to hold talks with the Home Office and the Ministry of Defence to expedite visas for Afghans fleeing from the Taliban.
Since the UK withdrawal from Afghanistan, Nusrat has been active in ensuring that Afghans on the Taliban hit list reach safety, especially women and girls and those that have provided support to Britain. She has pushed to speed up their asylum applications and worked closely with Azadi, a charity that helps extract, transport, feed and resettle Afghan women and girls on the Taliban hit list.
Last month, Nusrat met with the Minister for Migration, Kevin Foster MP, to discuss individual cases of Afghan women seeking refuge in the UK. The Minister provided an update on progress for several of the cases and pledged to investigate others in a joint effort with the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Nusrat continues to hold regular follow up meetings with Home Office and MoD officials to keep updated on progress on those cases, as well as writing to Ministers for regular updates.
Nusrat Ghani said: “Many Afghans have made sacrifices to help protect the UK. Many of them are judges, teachers or translators and they are now on the Taliban hit list for working with British institutions and representatives. I am incredibly grateful to all Wealden residents who are currently supporting Ukrainian families arriving to the country. I am sure their generosity would extend to Afghan arrivals, had they been given the opportunity to help them also. I am pleased to have secured further meetings with the Minister’s team to follow up on the points and individual cases I raised with the Minister directly, and I am doing what I can to help women and girls especially to leave the country. Given the fast administration of the Ukrainian visas, it is astonishing that there are still over 15,000 applications under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) awaiting an initial decision. I will continue to press the Ministers for faster administration of these cases.”