Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy
This program is open to Afghans who were employed by the UK government, (or in some cases a UK government contractor) and who are at risk as a result of their employment. People who meet these criteria can apply regardless of their rank, role, or the length of their employment.
Current or former staff who believe they qualify can apply by using the online application form. You will need your LSU Number, CISS Number, or Staff Number to apply.
Applicants can apply to be resettled with their spouse and child under 18. Other family members may be resettled in exceptional circumstances. People applying for resettlement under the ARAP scheme can contact the UK Government for advice on bringing family members to the UK on +44 2475 389 980 (or 02475 389 980 in the UK).
Afghans resettled to the UK through the ARAP scheme will be given indefinite leave to remain in the UK and will be able to apply for British citizenship after five years.
Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme
The Afghan Citizen Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) is a planned UK resettlement scheme for people facing risks to their life in Afghanistan. This scheme is not yet open and there is not official timeline for when it will open. Once open, ACRS will prioritize:
- People who have assisted the UK efforts in Afghanistan and stood up for values such as democracy, women’s rights and freedom of speech, rule of law (for example, judges, women’s rights activists, academics, journalists); and
- Vulnerable people, including women and girls at risk, and members of minority groups at risk (including ethnic and religious minorities and LGBT).
The UK will rely on referrals from UNHCR and other international organizations from ACRS. Currently, there is no way to apply directly. You can learn more about the plans for ACRS here and we will add more information to this post as soon as we have it.