If you are currently in Afghanistan, please check the U.S. Embassy website regularly for information about relocation and repatriation.
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released guidance to allow all Afghan evacuees to apply for benefits, as authorized in the Continuing Resolution. The guidance explains the criteria for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to citizens or nationals of Afghanistan paroled into the United States under emergency evacuation. Afghan humanitarian parolees, also known as non-SI parolees, are now eligible to receive federal benefits, including TANF and SNAP, as of September 30, 2021.
If you are in the U.S. and need legal help:
You may be eligible to apply for asylum, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) status, or another status. You should consult an immigration lawyer.
If you had a Special Immigrant Visa or other case at the U.S. Embassy Kabul and are outside of Afghanistan but not in the U.S., contact your nearest U.S. embassy. Let them know your situation, and ask for help to transfer your case. A list of all U.S. Embassies and email addresses for them is here.
Even if you do not have a pending case, you may be eligible to apply for an immigration pathway to the United States. This website has many resources about U.S. immigration pathways:
Guides for people who are applying to the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program.
A guide about the new Afghan P-2 refugee program.
A guide for US-based media organizations and NGOs that employed Afghans.
A guide explaining the basics of humanitarian parole for people who are not eligible for SIVs or any other kind of visa.
You can interview for an SIV in most countries near Afghanistan except for Iran and Tajikistan. If you are in those countries, you will have to travel to another country temporarily to do your visa interview.
If you were evacuated from Afghanistan by the United States:
The U.S. evacuated some people to a country like Qatar, UAE, and Germany. IRAP does not yet know when you might travel to the United States. We do not know how long you will have to wait there before coming to the U.S. IRAP is monitoring this situation and advocating for the U.S. government to process people quickly. If you have questions, please speak to officials in charge at your location.
If you are evacuated to the United States, and you are not a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or a visa holder, you will probably be inspected at the airport by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and given parole. Parole gives you the temporary right to live in the United States. The temporary period can be extended upon request.
From the airport, you will go to a military base. You will receive legal counseling and your applications will be processed of applications such as the authorization to work. You will also be provided other services there for free and connected to service providers at your destination locations. The non-profits U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and International Rescue Committee (IRC) are coordinating services at the military bases.
IRAP’s guide on what to expect at a U.S. airport upon arrival is here.