US House approves bid to add 8,000 visas for at-risk Afghans

Radio Pakistan  |  Jul 23, 2021

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a plan to allow an extra 8,000 special immigration visas for Afghans who are at risk of retaliation as U.S. troops complete their pullout from Afghanistan.

According to a Reuters report, the bipartisan bill, which passed with a vote of 407 to 16, will now be considered by the Senate. 

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that since 2008, the department has issued more than 73,000 special immigrant visas to Afghan principal applicants and their eligible family members.

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