Since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received more than 35,000 applications for humanitarian parole, of which it has denied about 470.
Even as Afghans still arrive, thousands remain in limbo, anxious about their future as they fearfully follow the news of Taliban reprisals and economic collapse back in their homeland.
An estimated 300,000 have fled Afghanistan into Iran since the Taliban takeover, according to the NRC.
Individuals have donated enough miles and credit card points to cover 20,000 flights, according to Miles4Migrants and Welcome.
The lack of public information has made it a challenge for those who closely track the fate of refugees.
An FIR was registered against Afghan Solidarity Committee chief Ahmad Zia Ghani at Delhi's Vasant Vihar Police Station on August 31.
Britain, which left the EU in 2020, said it would welcome 5,000 Afghan refugees this year and resettle a total of 20,000 in coming years.
An initial count of 640 passengers was recorded earlier, but that figure inadvertently left out 183 children sitting on people's laps.
With the Taliban taking control of Afghanistan, the 130 students from that mountainous, landlocked country are worried about their future in India – and their homeland.
Advocate Raviteja Padiri said the Indian government has introduced a new category of electronic visa, ‘e-Emergency X-Misc Visa’, with an aim to fast-track visa applications for entry into India.
“It is a tough situation for India. We were not very serious about the Taliban. We now have to open a channel with them, which may not be easy, given their proximity to Pakistan and China.
Pakistan NSA Moeed Yusuf arrived in Washington on July 27 along with ISI chief Faiz Hameed for talks with their American counterparts on Afghanistan and bilateral relations.
According to government figures, Pakistan hosts more than three million Afghan refugees, half of them unregistered. The country now fears more inflow due to escalating violence in Afghanistan.