From the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA):

“After the evacuation of Afghan  people following the developments in Afghanistan, the DfE have published their policy on Afghan arrivals in the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) on 1st September 2021.

The DfE publication explains that all Afghan entering under ARAP are given immediate indefinite leave to remain.

The WMCA AEB Funding Rules state that those with indefinite leave to remain, as well as their partners and/or children, are eligible to receive funding and are exempt from the 3 year residency requirement rule.

English language will play a vital role in ensuring Afghan people can fully integrate into their local communities. However, we do recognise that the Afghan people entering the West Midlands might have worked with British Forces and have a good knowledge of English, and also might have a high level of education. SWAPS and other high level learning programmes will therefore be important in supporting people into appropriate work and training. We want to ask providers to ensure that the training offered to these residents is suitable to their level and capacities.”