Support and Assistance for Afghan Interpreters and Ex-Military Personnel

The Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) offers relocation, or other assistance, to former Locally Employed Staff (LES) in Afghanistan to reflect the changing situation in Afghanistan.

Are you eligible for the scheme?

All applications are assessed against four assistance categories. Check if you qualify on this GOV.UK policy page . See under the heading Eligibility under the ARAP.

Depending on whether you are eligible/not eligible there are several contact options.

Are you applying whilst based in Afghanistan?

If eligible for ARAP please contact MOD representatives in Kabul. 
Phone: 0792 907 303
Email: (individual queries)

Not eligible?

If you do not qualify under ARAP please email

The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS)

The ACRS prioritizes those people who have assisted the UK efforts in Afghanistan and is in addition to the ARAP scheme. 

Who is eligible?

Those who have assisted the UK efforts in Afghanistan including those:

  • have stood up for values such as democracy, women’s rights and freedom of speech, or rule of law (for example, judges, women’s rights activists, academics, and journalists)
  • vulnerable people, including women and girls at risk, and members of minority groups at risk, including ethnic and religious minorities and LGBT+

Will those eligible be able to bring family?

Spouses, partners, and dependent children under the age of 18 (of identified eligible individuals) will be eligible for the scheme.

Other family members may be resettled in exceptional circumstances.

How does it work?

The first to be resettled will include some of those already evacuated to the UK, including womens' rights activists, journalists, prosecutors, and Afghan family members of British Nationals.  

From Spring, 2022, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will refer refugees to the scheme, based on assessments of protection needs.

In Year One, the third pathway will resettle individuals who supported the UK and international community effort in Afghanistan, including those British Council and GardaWorld contractors and Chevening alumni who are most at risk.

Organisations on Veterans’ Gateway that offer help:

The Royal Marines Marines Charity, a Veterans’ Gateway Referral Partner, can assist Afghans who can evidence working with HQ3 Commando Brigade or Royal Marines units on Op HERRICK or Op FINGAL.

If your query solely relates to support and assistance around Afghanistan please email the Royal Marines Marines Charity.

Other organisations (not on Veterans' Gateway)

Bolton Guild of Help

The Bolton Guild of Help can offer some support to Afghan Interpreters etc. living within the Borough of Bolton. They can help by providing:

  • White goods
  • Furniture
  • Help with food
  • Benefits advice
  • Clothing

Mode Rehabilitation

Mode Rehabilitation are a Hub and Drop-In Centre that can provide:

  • Counselling support
  • Psychological interventions as well as addition treatment


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