Who to contact and where to find information
Monitor the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) support page for updates and information if you are
- an Afghan national
- eligible or have been approved for assistance under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP)
- at serious risk and fall within a priority group.
This includes people who
- have applied but have not heard back
- wish to appeal a rejection by providing further evidence now the UK Government have widened the eligibility criteria.
For questions about people who may have been linked to our work in Afghanistan, email Afginfo@britishcouncil.org. Please note that the British Council cannot provide consular or immigration advice.
We encourage all those still in Afghanistan connected with our work and who believe they are eligible, to apply to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme by filling in the online application form.
Afghanistan: the current situation
We are extremely concerned for the safety and security of all former and current British Council colleagues and doing everything we can to help them.
A number of current and former British Council employees have left Afghanistan and been relocated to the UK with their immediate families under the UK Government’s Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme.
We are doing everything we can to remain connected to our current and former employees and contractors throughout the relocation process and to facilitate their extraction. Our teams are providing additional support to our former Afghan employees and contractors once they arrive in the UK.
Although the British Council is not involved in the ARAP scheme decision-making process, we continue to work closely with the Ministry of Defence and the FCDO to help those connected with our work to leave Afghanistan safely.
We are deeply concerned, not only for our colleagues and those we have worked with over the last twenty years, but for all the people of Afghanistan.
We are extremely grateful for the valuable contribution our current and former employees and contractors have made to the UK’s engagement with Afghanistan.
We are also aware of and deeply moved by the international show of support for everyone associated with the British Council in Afghanistan.
We remain committed to doing everything we can to support those connected with our work to leave Afghanistan safely, if they wish to do so.