Background: In April, the Biden Administration announced that all American troops will be withdrawing from Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the war, September 11, 2021, months beyond the May 1st deadline the Trump Administration had negotiated in 2020 with the Taliban. In July, the Biden administration unveiled evacuation plans for at-risk Afghans, Operation Allied Refuge, and announced that U.S. troops will withdraw by August 31, 2021. On July 30th, a group of over 200 Afghans arrived in Washington D.C., the first flight of Operation Allies Refuge. Meanwhile, conditions in Afghanistan continued to deteriorate as Taliban forces rapidly took over the country, gaining control of Kabul by mid-August. Since July, the U.S. government evacuated more than 120,000 people, and on August 30, the final U.S. troops departed Afghanistan. However, there have been estimates that thousands of Afghans with U.S. ties remain. The Administration has said it intends to use diplomatic channels on an ongoing basis to help U.S. citizens and permanent residents, citizens of allied nations, special immigrant visa applicants and Afghans at high risk leave Afghanistan.
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Types of Protections for Which Afghans May Be Eligible
Special Immigrant Visa (SIV): The SIV program is available to Afghan nationals who were employed by, or on behalf of the U.S. government. SIV-eligible individuals and their direct family members may apply directly to the U.S. for resettlement. After their cases have been approved, SIV-holders receive resettlement services from a local resettlement agency.
Priority 2 (P2) Refugee Designation: This new P2 designation was announced on August 2nd for Afghan nationals and their family members who do not meet the specific requirements of the SIV program—including Afghans who worked in Afghanistan for a U.S. government-funded program or project, a U.S.-based media organization or non-governmental organization.
Humanitarian Parole: Humanitarian Parole is a temporary status allowing the parolee to stay in the U.S. for a designated period of time while applying for a longer term solution. On August 23rd, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would be using its humanitarian parole authority to evacuate up to 50,000 Afghans who may otherwise be eligible for SIV or P2 status but have not yet completed processing for these statuses. Afghan parolees will be granted a two year protection from deportation and are eligible to apply for work authorization. However, they cannot access resettlement services or benefits until they have been granted a separate status (such as asylee, SIV, etc.).
Interpretation or Translation Assistance: Human Rights First's Form for those who wish to volunteer as a Dari or Pashto interpreter or translator to assist Afghan evacuees and those in need of legal assistance
Community-Based Organizations Serving the Afghan Community in NYC
Consulate of Afghanistan – To speak to a representative about questions you may have, contact the Consulate of Afghanistan at 212-972-2276 or 212-972-2277 and dial extension x458, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00AM – 12:00PM.
Aquick and easy road map of city services available to all New Yorkers can be accessed in Dari and in Pashto.
Ask MOIA Hotline– If you have questions about immigration or how to access City services, help in your language is available. Call the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) hotline at 212-788-7654 from Monday to Friday, 9AM to 5PM, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.