A significant cross-government effort is underway, ‘Operation Warm Welcome’, to ensure Afghans arriving in the UK receive the vital support they need to rebuild their lives, find work, pursue education and integrate into their local communities.

As part of the New Plan for Immigration, the government announced that those coming to the UK through resettlement routes would receive immediate indefinite leave to remain. On September 1 the Home Secretary announced that this will apply to Afghans who worked closely with the British military and UK Government in Afghanistan, and risked their lives in doing so, meaning they can now stay in the UK without any time restrictions.

The support for Afghan arrivals includes:

People already relocated to the UK under the ARAP scheme will be able to apply free of charge to convert their temporary leave into indefinite leave. This will give Afghans the certainty and stability to rebuild their lives with unrestricted rights to work and the option to apply for British citizenship in the future.

The leave granted to those resettled in the UK ensures access to benefits and services, and we are working with local authorities to ensure individuals can access DWP services as quickly as possible alongside the comprehensive support package. When they’re ready, repatriated Afghans will also have the right to work, and our jobcentre teams will be there to help them with that. If you wish to help with employing people from these groups, please do get in touch at EMPLOYER.ADVICE@DWP.GOV.UK.

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Property owners or organisations who may be able to assist can get in touch through the GOV.UK portal.