The U.S. officials have expressed concerns regarding the growing number of Afghan refugees who are leaving the U.S. military bases prematurely, it has been reported.
Sources privy of the development have told Reuters that up to 700 Afghan refugees have left the military bases prematurely, without receiving proper resettlement services.
An official of the Department of Home Security, speaking on the condition of anonymity, has told Reuters that early departures by Afghan refugees could potentially cost the other Afghans important benefits, such expedited work permits.
A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service official has also warned that such actions could also ‘lead to years ad years of terrible immigration status problems’.
The United States evacuated over 120,000 Afghans during the evacuation mission which ended with the completion of U.S. military withdrawal on 30th August.
Meanwhile, efforts are underway to evacuate thousands more Afghans who assisted the U.S. military and government in the last 20 years.
President Joe Biden on Thursday signed the funding bill which included $6.3 billion in funding for Afghan refugee resettlement program.