Assistance for Afghans Toolkit
CLINIC is monitoring the situation in Afghanistan and would like to provide the following information:
- 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.
- For other individuals at special risk in Afghanistan, please consider reaching out for congressional assistance or to the Afghanistan Coordination Task Force. 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 as well as to certain congressional offices with an interest in these issues who have proven helpful. Below please find contact information for these Congressional offices and a listing of government contact information.
- 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.
- Contact local Congressional representative: house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative
- Representative Andy Kim (D-NJ): RepKimEvac@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-4765
- Senator Tom Cotton: firstname.lastname@example.org or (501) 223-9081
- Jason Crow's office is collecting info for "at-risk Afghans" who need assistance leaving Afghanistan immediately. You can email your list to Katlyn Shagory at Katlyn.Shagory@mail.house.gov.
The DOS Afghanistan Coordination Task Force (ACTF) is the primary point of contact for those in the United States and American citizens, SIVS, and others for those in Afghanistan for evacuation guidance/support.
- Primary: 1-888-407-4747 (From US/ US Phone)
- Alternate: 1-202-501-4444 (Overseas)
- Emails: ACTF@state.gov, ATF-TF3@state.gov
For greater assistance, the Afghanistan Coordination Task Force can be reached at (202) 485-1888/1627.There is a call center that can be reached at (703) 693-0799.
Department of State links for Afghanistan inquiries:
The U.S. embassy in Kabul is continuing to post updates and its website should be monitored: af.usembassy.gov/. As of Aug. 31, 2021, the embassy 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
- The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) has a page devoted to Legal Resources for Afghanistan:
- Human Rights First has useful resources on its website: humanrightsfirst.org/resource/resources-afghan-evacuation
- The Afghan Diaspora for Equality and Progress (ADEP) has an Afghanistan - Humanitarian Parole project with training videos and resources:
- Penn State has resources on Parole and Beyond on its website: