I was on TDY at an NAS when I 'saw' this happen during the Vietnam Conflict; there was a huge surge of applications for exit visas at the embassy (consulate) in March/April 1975. There was such a sense of disbelief and denial that many translators/guides/drivers etc left their exits to the last moment. Families got separated, many people arrested, some people got shot in the head...

We 'lost' a lot of those people*...but thank god , we now have some thriving communities of Vietnamese/Cambodian/Hmong people in CA and LA in the USA who got out at the last minute and have made fantastic contributions to our culture.

In this case, the current admin only announced a withdrawal a few months ago. Anyone that has had interchange with USA embassy and consulate bureaucratic procedure can tell you that nothing is done in less than 3 months, and more often 6-12 months.

Will translators and tech/driver guys be protected this time?

Or is it gonna be another "Killing Fields"?*

Consider the anti-collaborator response of the freed French people after the liberation of Paris (1944) : what will happen to these guys will be horrifyingly and incredibly worse.

The Taliban do worse than 'shave' heads...

*Back in the bad old days, I think this was called "abandonment of personnel in the field", but we had worse descriptions. A lot of it included nasty references to REMF.

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    please see this meta post on how to correctly tag your questions. The current tags look good, but I'm referring to the older ones you originally put. – Ekadh Singh Jun 15 at 23:48
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    Txs @EkadhSingh that was very helpful. Sorry if I came off like an asshole. As you can see from the history I rolled back , and changed – user14221 Jun 15 at 23:57
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    No problem @Cascabel, we all do it sometimes :) – Ekadh Singh Jun 15 at 23:58

The answer is yes.

There is a rather elaborate process underway for interpreters and other close affiliates of the U.S. government during its presence in Afghanistan who qualify for a "special immigrant visa".

The number of individuals involved is about 17,000. There are bipartisan efforts in Congress and in the Executive branch to speed up processing of these visa applications. In addition to these 17,000 people, about 30,000 families have already migrated to the U.S. under these visas. About 300 local employees of U.S. forces have been killed for their collaborations with U.S. forces so far.


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