But only around 6,000 permanent visas have been granted in total, Mr Giles says.
“But my focus right now is on ensuring we fill those places.”
Afghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at Kabul airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 16 August, 2021. It’s been a year since the fall of the country’s capital to the Taliban. Source: Getty, AFP / Wakil Kohsar
Extra resources have since been directed to help process but no time frame has been put on clearing the applications.
“We have put on additional staff to deal with the backlog and additional staff to deal with issues that relate to family reunion, affecting people from Afghanistan as well.”
“Each of these individuals covered by the applications needs to be properly registered and that takes time because we’re prioritising locally engaged employees, women and girls and members of minority groups.”
“We will mark this anniversary formally when parliament next sits.”
Afghan women chant “Bread, work and freedom” during a protest in Kabul, Afghanistan on 13 August 13, 2022. Concerns remain over the Taliban’s suppression of women’s rights. Source: AFP, Getty / Nava Jamshidi
It comes as human rights groups continue to air concerns about Taliban rule in Afghanistan, including the clamping down on peaceful protests, suppression of women’s rights and executions and disappearances.
SBS News has contacted the Coalition’s immigration spokesman Dan Tehan for comment.