Afghan Citizen’s Resettlement Scheme (ACRS)

Recent developments have seen the extremist group, the Taliban, seize control of Afghanistan which has left many families and citizens internally displaced and fleeing the country for safety.

In August 2021, the UK Government announced the Afghan Citizen’s Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) which will provide protection in the UK to those in need. ACRS has committed to resettling up to 20,000 Afghan nationals in the long-term and the government is currently working with international partners to develop a system to identify those most at risk, ensuring help goes to those that most need it.

The new route is separate from and in addition to, the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) which offers any current or former locally employed staff who are assessed to be under serious threat to life priority relocation to the UK. 5,000 former Afghan staff and their family members are expected to be relocated to the UK by the end of this year under ARAP.

The government has committed to taking 5,000 people in the first year under ACRS and 20,000 in the coming years. Vulnerable citizens who could not be evacuated but are identified as at risk will be eligible. The scheme is not open yet, but the requirements are expected to be published in due course.

The ACRS has been modelled off the Syrian vulnerable persons resettlement scheme (VPRS) which resettled 20,000 Syrian refugees over a seven-year period from 2014 to 2021. The final numbers who reached safety under the VPRS were 20,319 highlighting that the UK government was able to fulfil its commitments made in September 2015 to Syrian refugees.

If you are a non-British national in Afghanistan or are the family member of a non-British national in Afghanistan, and in need of assistance, our immigration team is happy to help signpost you to the appropriate government helpline numbers.

If you are seeking asylum in the UK, our experienced team can guide you through the process. Feel free to contact us on the telephone numbers at the top of this webpage or contact us by email: