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State Department offers update on Afghanistan relocation and resettlement

This news story was published on December 16, 2021.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department offered an update this week on Afghanistan relocation and resettlement.

12/13/2021 10:03 AM EST

Office of the Spokesperson

Since August 31, the State Department has continued its around-the-clock efforts to relocate U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents currently in Afghanistan who want to depart, as well as Afghan allies who worked with us over the course of our 20-year military mission in Afghanistan and their families. As Secretary Blinken has said, there is no deadline for this work, which at the State Department is led by the Coordinator for Afghan Relocation Efforts, Ambassador Beth Jones.

This update provides the latest on the U.S. government’s relocation and resettlement efforts.


Since August 31, the United States has directly assisted 479 American Citizens and 450 lawful permanent residents to depart Afghanistan and relocate to the United States. The State Department is currently in touch with fewer than a dozen U.S. citizens who want to leave Afghanistan, are prepared to depart, and have the necessary travel documents.

Additionally, through Operation Allies Welcome, the State Department continues to relocate our Afghan allies who worked with us and their families. These include more than 2,200 Afghans, many of whom are special immigrant visa holders, as well as SIV applicants who have Chief of Mission (COM) approval, a step required by the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009.

Since taking office, the Biden administration has surged resources and taken significant steps to accelerate processing of Afghans, including SIV applicants. As a result, the State Department has issued more than 8,200 SIVs since January 20, and continues to process SIV applications daily.


With the support of Congress, veterans’ organizations, faith leaders, and countless civic organizations, the American people are upholding our commitment to our Afghan allies who worked with us over the last two decades in Afghanistan. The Administration is providing funding to support resettlement for up to 95,000 individuals relocated from Afghanistan and entering the United States through Operation Allies Welcome through the current fiscal year.

Individuals relocated from Afghanistan undergo a rigorous and multilayered screening and vetting process prior to their arrival in the United States and undergo additional screening at their Port of Entry, led by the Department of Homeland Security. They are required to receive critical vaccinations.

The United States has welcomed more than 74,000 Afghans through Operation Allies Welcome to date, providing them with support and assistance as they begin their new lives in the United States – and we are prepared to welcome additional qualifying Afghans over the coming weeks and months as capacity allows, including the approximately 3,000 individuals who are at overseas transit locations for processing to come to the United States. More than 38,000 Afghans, American citizens, and lawful permanent residents have been relocated from military bases in the United States (“safe havens”) to their new communities across the country.

More than 40 percent of the Afghans who have come to the United States are eligible for SIVs because they worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government in Afghanistan or our coalition partners, at significant risk to themselves, or they are the immediate family member of someone who did. Some are SIV applicants who were already in the SIV pipeline. Others are eligible but had never applied. Many additional Afghans are family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, or they worked as journalists, human rights activists, humanitarian or development workers, or for the former Afghan government.

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18 Responses to State Department offers update on Afghanistan relocation and resettlement

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 22, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    Snappy Joe Not In Charge- “I’m Not Even SUPPOSED To Be Having This Press Conference Right Now”

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 4, 2022 at 4:18 pm

      But he did have the press conference. The person who occupied the White House before him didn’t believe in press conferences. The Biden White House has one every day.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 19, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Can’t wait for China Joe’s confused speech Tuesday on the new variant. While more people between 18-45 have died from drugs pouring in through the OPEN BORDER which he is DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE for.

    If ur a democrat u are fhcvhging IDIOT

    • NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      December 19, 2021 at 11:53 am

      Rooting against America is like a sport now for some of you. Kind of sad. Vlad will take you to move rocks in his gulag, if you like?

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 18, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    Biden is a FOOL and he killed Americans along with those woke generals who had no guts to stick up to his stupid decisions. They should have resigned rather than follow that FOOL

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 18, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    I want to know how are they going to relocate the 13 DEAD US SOLDIERS !!

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 18, 2021 at 9:13 am

    covid -faucci -bill gates – big pharma – crooked politicians with millions invested in pharma – you little people really think you have a bright future without lifting your little finger. SAD!

    • NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      December 18, 2021 at 11:50 am

      Yes, all your Googling is serious research, you are a total scholar.

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 18, 2021 at 9:10 am

    40 % Were ELDIGIBLE ? 60K ALREADY HERE so what pecentage are NON VETTED TALIBIANS? Guess America may pay a heavy price for the marxist regime in power at this time.

    • NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      December 18, 2021 at 11:51 am

      You ask two questions, then make a guess, and finally pass judgement. You have zero understanding of the subject, so save your fear-mongering.

      • anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 4, 2022 at 12:47 pm

        NIT PUB Biden not only abandoned Americans he left behind most of the people who worked for years for us. They just randomly took anyone who could make it to the airport with very poor vetting if any. You think a few taliban sympathisers weren’t mixed in….

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 17, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    That’s a fine job providing those in need with a new life. What we need to do is get out ahead of this nasty virus. Stop it before it gets really out of control. The new variant sprang from the OLDEST bloodline in the world. If it is to be believed South Africa is were are species originated. What are the odds that those ancient ancestors blood is still around? 100%. And this one has some wings to it. Ground zero for bloodlines. All others sprang from it. It’s in everyone alive. Hence the rapid spread. Who knows what this really is? But it’s after us. Right now we could all get shots forever to combat all its effects it has on us. What are the chances it will overcome even that in the long run? Now the world is on equal footing with this super spreading variant. It will go everywhere all at once. Since we are all the same. Homosapiens. Imagine that. The thing that makes us different. Hate.

  8. anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 17, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Scrambling to correct Bidens failed withdrawal, Biden failed us as a nation, not by withdrawing but by doing it in such a haphazared and unplanned way that endangered troops and american ciyizens.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 17, 2021 at 8:08 pm

      Now we get to pay for people who did not help us or were vetted before they let them on a plane

      • NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

        December 18, 2021 at 11:58 am

        you’re a real humanitarian, Jesus has a special place warmed up for you

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          December 20, 2021 at 7:58 pm

          How can you even think the name, Jesus?

          NIT PublisherReply

          November 14, 2020 at 11:56 am

          Christianity is becoming a relic. Boo hoo?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 18, 2021 at 8:30 am

      it was trump’s withdrawal. biden just continued it.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        December 18, 2021 at 10:27 am

        Funny crap. Not the way Trump would of completed it. Besides what has Joey continued on with anything Trump did