The first group of 2,500 interpreters and their families evacuated from Afghanistan is expected to arrive in the US on Thursday
They will stay at the Fort Lee Army Base near Washington DC to complete the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) process.
The SIV programme is offered to those who worked with the US government or American-led military forces during the Afghanistan war, which began in 2001.
Threats against Afghans who helped the US have risen amid Taliban advances.
The Army will house the 2,500 Afghans at Fort Lee while they finish the vetting process, medical screening and other requirements for the visa.
The US state department had mistakenly told the BBC earlier that the plane had already landed.
Since 2008, approximately 70,000 Afghans who have received SIVs have been resettled in the country, according to US officials.
Last week, a senior state department official said that the total number of SIV applicants stands just over 20,000. About half have yet to complete the first steps of the process.
Mike Jason, a former US Army battalion commander who deployed to Afghanistan, told the BBC that travelling across Taliban-controlled areas with the documentation needed for SIVs puts the translators in "mortal danger".