First group of Afghanistan interpreters arrives in the U.S.
Written by crest887fm on July 30, 2021
The first group of 2,500 interpreters and their families evacuated from Afghanistan has landed just outside Washington DC.
They will remain at the nearby Fort Lee Army Base as they complete a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) process.
The SIV programme is offered to those who worked with the US government or American-led military forces during the Afghanistan war, which began in 2001.
Threats against Afghans who helped the US have risen amid Taliban advances.
The US state department confirmed to the BBC on Thursday that the flight had landed safely.
The Army will house the 2,500 Afghans at Fort Lee while they finish the vetting process, medical screening and other requirements for the visa.
According to US officials, since 2008, approximately 70,000 Afghans who have received SIVs have been resettled in the country.