The German government launched a new entry program for at-risk Afghan nationals.

Key Points:

  • The Federal Admission Program for Afghanistan will allow authorized agencies to nominate Afghan nationals to enter Germany if they:
    • Are at risk through their commitment to women’s and human rights or their work in academia, culture, education, justice, media, politics or sports and are vulnerable to violence; or
    • Have experienced or are experiencing violence or persecution based on their gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion and are at personal risk.
  • Afghan nationals must currently live in Afghanistan to be eligible.
  • Individuals selected for the program will receive assistance to leave Afghanistan; once they are out of Afghanistan, they can collect their visa at Germany embassies or consulates in neighboring countries.

Additional Information: German authorities plan to approve around 1,000 Afghans along with their family members to enter Germany every month. More information regarding the Federal Admission Program for Afghanistan is available here.

BAL Analysis: No individual application option is currently available. German authorities plan to open the program to individual applications in the coming months. BAL will continue to follow developments specifically affecting Afghan nationals and will provide updates as information becomes available.

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