The Chamber on Thursday approved a law to expand and streamline a visa program for Afghan translators and other personnel who have worked with the US military and are now try to leave the country as Taliban threatens to take back control of Afghanistan . The House passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Jason Crow, a Democrat from Colorado, 407-16.The bill would make a number of changes to the special immigrant visa program for the Afghanistan (SIV) as Biden administration scrambles to evacuate thousands of Afghansas part of the US military withdrawal from the country. The legislation increases the number of visas available by 8,000 and clarifies who is eligible for the program, which aims to facilitate visa approval. Lawmakers on both sides have been frustrated by the slowness of the Biden administration in bringing Afghans into the program since the withdrawal of the government. The US Army in Afghanistan was announced early this year, warning that the lives of thousands of Afghans are in danger if they are not evacuated before the US military leaves the country. ul data-layout = list-hierarchical-xs > Biden administration intends to move some Afghans who worked for the United States to the Virginia Army post The Biden administration announced this week that the first group of candidates would be transferred from Afghanistan to Fort. Lee in Virginia, and US officials are in talks with other cou entries to welcome Afghans into the pipeline. State Department spokesman Ned Price said said the initial tranche is expected to include 2,500 people - 700 applicants and their immediate family members.Read moreThe initial group that is relocated is a small part of the total number of around 20,000 Afghans who are in the visa pipeline immigrant special. About half of those 20,000 are in the very early stages of the process and need to take action before the U.S. government can begin processing their cases, a State Department spokesperson said last week. Afghan candidates who are further along in the process but who have not been approved by the security screening process will go to US military bases abroad or in third countries, the spokesperson said. Crow said after the vote that he hoped the Senate would move forward quickly on legislation. We 're out of time. People are dying now, the situation is getting worse, Crow told reporters. It is more and more difficult to get to Kabul with each passing day. So the Senate needs to take charge of this and pass it as quickly as possible, send it to the President and start these evacuations. TheLegislation that was approved on Thursday is just one of many legislative efforts that have been introduced in both chambers to try to help the administration re-launch the process for the estimated 20,000 Afghans awaiting a Visa. A group of senators introduced legislation last month that would also expand the SIV program, and the House passed another bill in June that would remove the requirement for candidates to pass a medical examination while in Afghanistan.