Assistance for Afghans Toolkit

Last Updated

September 22, 2021

CLINIC is monitoring the situation in Afghanistan and would like to provide the following information:

  1. Certain individuals are permitted to file a Repatriation Assistance Request Form. These include the following groups: U.S. citizens; lawful permanent residents; non-U.S. citizens and non-LPRs who are accompanying a minor LPR or U.S. citizen; immigrant visa holders; those with pending applications; and those with approved I-130 petitions who have submitted all required documents to the NVC or who have been interviewed and had a pending case at the U.S. embassy in Kabul. Those individuals who meet these specifications should file the repatriation form. While the U.S. military has left Afghanistan, the request form seems to be active and completing it may help inform the State Department of those individuals still needing assistance.
  2. For other individuals at special risk in Afghanistan, please consider reaching out for congressional assistance. This might include family members of LPRs or USCs, including those with pending I-130 or I-730 petitions filed on their behalf, those who have begun the SIV or P1/P2 process, or those who have been human rights or women’s rights activists. Affiliates should reach out to their local congressional representative or to their Senator's office. Contact information can be found at house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative for the House representative and senate.gov/senators/senators-contact.htm for the state’s Senators.
  3. Practitioners may consider applying for humanitarian parole through USCIS for their clients in Afghanistan who are at special risk. We are providing a link to a cover letter and model Form I-131. Please note that processing for humanitarian parole applications typically takes several months, although there are reports that USCIS is expediting these applications. Once the humanitarian parole request is filed, practitioners may contact HumanitarianParole@uscis.dhs.gov to request expedited processing. Note that because the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan is closed, any beneficiary of an approved humanitarian parole application will need to be able to reach a third country to obtain their travel document at the U.S. embassy or consulate in that country.

Government contacts

As of Aug. 31, 2021, the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan suspended operations in Kabul but continues to assist U.S. citizens and their families in Afghanistan from Doha, Qatar.

There is an accessible Google spreadsheet called the AILA Listserv Evacuation Contact List with updated government and other useful contact information. Please see link: docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Lst0_Cfpul6QmOBykHr62Xmxo6E2-4vtLnWJJisGCvs/edit?invite=CJrRgL4C#gid=1694659443

DHS resources:

DHS has posted resources on Afghanistan, including the process for Afghan nationals to apply for humanitarian parole.

DHS also maintains a website on Operation Allies Welcome, where press releases, agency memos, and fact sheets are available. 

Health and Human Services has posted an update for resettlement agencies confirming that individuals granted SQ/SI Parole are eligible for Refugee Resettlement Program benefits.

Additional Resources:

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