Afghanistan advice and support

Support for people in Afghanistan and their families


I understand that there are any Tottenham constituents who are concerned about and/or have direct links to those impacted by the ongoing political crisis in Afghanistan. I want to provide you with an update on the action I’ve taken to support people who remain in Afghanistan and are in need of immediate assistance. I also want to share advice and information that might be useful to you.


Throughout the week my office has been speaking to residents concerned about family members who are stuck in Afghanistan. In each case we have immediately contacted the Foreign Office and the Home Office, to ensure that the information we have been given has been provided to the teams that are working to evacuate British Citizens and refugees. Unfortunately, full details of the Afghan Citizen's Resettlement Scheme still has yet to be announced. Further, with the UK Government committing to only resettling 5,000 people in the first year of this scheme, and only 20,000 overall, it is likely that many who are in need of help will not receive it.


My office are in regular contact with the Foreign Office regarding cases and as soon as we receive any updates or information we will contact you right away.


I ask that anyone who has contacted my office please keep us updated with any developments regarding the case that you have raised with me. The best way to do this is by email.


So far we have the following information:


British Nationals

British Nationals stranded in Afghanistan should contact the Consular Services to register their families’ details and seek up-to-date advice. Their contact details are below, and British Nationals are being encouraged to call:

  • +44 (0)1908 516666 (select the option “Consular services for British nationals”)

  • help@fco.gov.uk

You can also find the Foreign Office’s up-to-date advice for British Nationals online: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/afghanistan


Afghan Nationals who have assisted the UK The UK has set up a visa scheme under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) to offer relocation and support to current and former Locally Employed Staff in Afghanistan who assisted the UK.

If your family members meet the eligibility requirements, please encourage them to apply. Information about the scheme can be found at:

  • https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/afghan-relocations-and-assistance-policy/afghan-relocations-and-assistance-policy-information-and-guidance

Other Afghan Nationals

The UK Government is currently setting up an Afghan Citizen’s Resettlement Scheme for those fleeing Afghanistan. The scheme is not yet open and details will be announced by the Government in due course.

The link to the scheme’s webpages are below. Please do monitor this to get information as soon as it launches and please advise your relatives to apply as soon as possible:

Further, we have been told that non-UK nationals who are “vulnerable and in need of assistance” should call +44 (0)2475 389980. The number is open 24 hours.


Other countries are also setting up their own programmes to resettle Afghan nationals. If your family is eligible, they may also want to consider applying for humanitarian assistance from other countries.

Information on Canada’s schemes for Afghan nationals can be found at:

  • www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/refugees/afghanistan.html

Your Family

While we are waiting for more information on the routes that are being set up for MPs to pass on details of Afghan Nationals with relatives in the UK who need to leave Afghanistan, it would be helpful if you could provide us with some information about your family.


The Home Office and the Foreign Office are asking for the following information about those trying to travel to the UK from Afghanistan – please do give me as much of this information as you can for each of your family members:

  • Full name

  • Date of Birth

  • Nationality

  • Passport / travel document number

  • Location in Afghanistan

  • Any information on why your family are at risk from the Taliban

  • Contact details

And, if your family have already applied to travel to the UK:

  • Home Office reference number

  • Do they have a visa application pending (if so, please provide the reference)

Please send this information to me at:

mail@davidlammy.co.uk

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