The Biden administration has helped relocate about 900 U.S. citizens and legal residents from Afghanistan to the United States following the withdrawal from Afghanistan, the State Department said Monday.
The department said officials are in contact with “fewer than a dozen U.S. citizens” in Afghanistan who want to leave the country and who have the necessary documents to do so, without providing a timeline for when those individuals would leave the country. .
The information came in the form of an update from the State Department about efforts to relocate and resettle Americans and Afghans who were evacuated during the chaotic downturn over the summer.
The State Department said it has issued over 8,200 special immigrant visa applications since January and that those individuals have been or are being relocated to the United States
In all, the department said 74,000 Afghans have been welcomed to the United States through Operation Allies Welcome, the official name of the evacuation and relocation effort for vulnerable Afghans.
Elizabeth Jones, a veteran diplomat, was asked to oversee the operation back in October.
President BidenJoe BidenPublicist ‘not connected’ with Kanye West at the time of the election event: spokesman Trump teases 2024 run during Orlando event with O’Reilly Facebook director says ‘people’ do not blame the platform for misinformation about vaccine MORE and his administration endured a stream of criticism in August amid Afghanistan’s withdrawal. While Biden initially said U.S. forces would not leave Afghanistan until all Americans wishing to leave had been evacuated, all U.S. forces left by the August 31 deadline.
The State Department said in late September that about 100 U.S. citizens and legal residents were ready to leave Kabul. Monday’s announcement indicates that the number has dropped significantly in the two and a half months ago.