Legal Resources for Afghans2024-07-07T23:24:50+00:00

LEGAL RESOURCES FOR AFGHANS

This page will be updated with community resources, instructional videos, documents translated to Dari and Pashto, and other updates for Afghan clients. For complete information from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), visit Information for Afghan Nationals. 

Last updated 07/3/2024.

APPLYING FOR ASYLUM

Asylum is a form of legal protection for people who are physically present in the United States, who suffered and/or fear future persecution in their home country.

International Institute of Los Angeles – Afghan Legal Representation Project (ALRP) offers the following Asylum Application information:

  • Asylum 101 for Afghans
  • Videos: IILA Asylum Orientation
    • How to Fill Form 1-589 – English | Dari درى | Pashto پښتو
    • How to Install and use Webex Meeting – English | Dari درى | Pashto پښتو
    • How to Create and Join Zoom Meeting – English | Dari درى | Pashto پښتو
  • A list of Legal Resources

SPECIAL IMMIGRANT VISA (SIV) APPLICATION  TOOLKIT

The Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) is an immigration program that grants permanent residence to people who aided the U.S. government abroad. If you are currently applying for Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) or awaiting Chief of Mission (COM) approval, we strongly recommend that you also apply for asylum and Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

ONLINE EAD APPLICATION  TOOLKIT

Applicants for asylum can apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) using Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization under the (c)(8) eligibility category. To apply for an EAD based on your pending asylum application under the (c)(8) category, you must wait 150 days after you file your asylum application. You are not eligible to receive an EAD until your asylum application has been pending for at least another 30 days, for a total of 180 days, commonly referred to as the 180-Day Asylum EAD Clock.

RE-PAROLE TOOLKIT

Effective June 9, 2023, through July 31, 2024, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will consider, on a case-by-case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit, a two-year extension of the original parole period for Afghan parolees who have already applied for asylum or for adjustment to lawful permanent resident (LPR) status (such as adjustment of status as a special immigrant).

TPS & FEE WAIVER

TPS is an immigration status granted to eligible nationals of a designated country or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in the designated country. The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in consultation with the Secretary of State is authorized to designate a foreign state for TPS based on an emergency, such as an ongoing armed conflict or environmental disaster, that temporarily prevents nationals who are in the United States from returning safely to the designated county.

FAMILY REUNIFICATION TOOLKIT FOR AFGHAN PAROLEES-DS-4317

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Department of State, has initiated efforts to reunite U.S. citizens and Afghans in the United States with their family members who remain in Afghanistan. This program is a unique program created specifically for Afghans and as a result, is not fully comprehensible. The only details the U.S. Government has provided about the program is that specific family members who remain in Afghanistan may be eligible for assistance from the U.S. government to leave Afghanistan and upon approval, enter the United States. When, where, how and to whom this departure information will be communicated remain unknown.

I-730 ASYLEE FAMILY PETITION TOOLKIT

For a collection of helpful documents regarding asylee family petitions, download the toolkit below. Documents include instructions, a manual, form, evidence checklist, and PowerPoint slides regarding i-730, as well as Afghan passport information, notices of processing shifts, and field office notices.

C.A.R.E. TOOLKIT

Tool kit includes:

  • US Department of State’s CARE ACT (The Coordinator for Afghan Relocation Efforts Authorization Act):  Codifying CARE is critical because it ensures that the significant progress the US Department of State has made in Afghan allies resettlement efforts over the last two years will remain durable, that the government will continue to support the orderly relocation of Afghan allies, and that America will fulfill our promise to all those who served the US mission.  Translated flyer into Dari and Pashto.
  • An informational flyer that explains the CARE Travel Assistance Process:  The flyer provides a list of documents that need to be collected, explains the pre-travel interview, describes the steps regarding travel to third country for processing and entry into the US.

ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS TOOLKIT

ALERT: If you file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, on or after Dec. 23, 2022, you must use the 12/23/22 edition of Form I-485 or we will reject your filing. If you file Form I-485 before Dec. 23, 2022, you must use the 07/15/22 edition of Form I-485 or we will reject your filing.

RESOURCES FOR ATTORNEYS

RESOURCES FOR IMMIGRATION ATTORNEYS


VECINA Training Course on SIVs

ABA Resources

CLINIC Resources

DHS Resources

USCIS has posted resources on Afghanistan, including the process for Afghan nationals to apply for humanitarian parole as well as immigration relief available to those present in the United States:


Additional Resources

Listservs to join

HUMANITARIAN PAROLEES

Are you an Afghan individual who has been granted humanitarian parole?

You may be eligible for cash assistance, medical assistance, employment preparation, job placement, English language training, and other services offered through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). You may also be eligible for federal “mainstream” (non-ORR funded) benefits, such as cash assistance through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), health insurance through Medicaid, and food assistance through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Office of Refugee Resettlement

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

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