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Information about Immigration
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Information about Immigration

U.S. Immigration Visas

Afghanistan Inquiries - U.S. Department of State

Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) - U.S. Department of State
Links for DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant VIsa Application, DS-1648 Online A, G, or NATO Application, Check my Visa Application Status, DS-261 Online Choice of Address and Agent, Fee Payment, DS-260 Online Immigrant Visa and Allien Registration Application, Check my Visa Application Status (for immigration).

Tracking Immigration Case Status Online. Use this tool to track the status of an immigration application, petition, or request with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Case Status Online - Case Status Search (

How Can I Check my Visa Status? The Consular Electronic Applications Center (CEAC) allows foreigners and their legal representatives to check the status of their U.S. visa applications online. The Upcounsel lawyers have provided a webpage that explains the process. See "CEAC Visa Status: Everything You Need to Know."

P-1, P-2, and P-3s

P1 - P3's In Afghanistan Needing Assistance. Those who have P1 - P3 status still in Afghanistan who need assistance can contact

A flow chart posted by the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) describes the steps refugees in the P-1, P-2, and P-3 categories overseas must take to come to the United States. (PDF, one page)

P-1 Referral. Referral for resettlement consideration from U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), U.S. Embassy, or specially trained non-government organization (NGO).

Afghan Priority 2 Designation (P-2). The Department of State announced a new designation for certain Afghan nationals and eligible family members. For more information on Afghan P-2 designation visit the website of the Refugee Processing Center (RPC) that is operated by the U.S. Department of State.

An informational fact sheet for Afghan nationals details the requirements for and how to apply for Afghan P-2 status. (PDF, 3 pages).

Afghan Priority 3 Designation (P-3). According to the U.S. State Department the P-3 Visa Program is now open to family members of SIV holders. U.S.-based Afghan SIV recipients who are at least 18 years of age and who have been admitted into the United States for fewer than five years may file P-3 Affadavit of Relationshiips (AORs ) for qualifying family members and their derivatives who are outside their country of origin.

Humanitarian Parole

Humanitarian Parole for Entry to the U.S. Some Afghans may opt for evacuation or relocation on a Humanitarian basis. Individuals who are outside of the United States may be able to request parole into the U.S. under this basis. Read more on this topic at the website of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Read more about humanitarian parole.

Petition for Alien Relative

The Form I-130 can be used by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) that needs to establish a relationship to an eligible relative who wishes to come to or remain in the United States permanently and get a Permanent Resident Card (also called a Green Card). Submitting the Form I-130 is the first step in helping an eligible relative apply to immigrate to the United States. The filing or approval of this petition does not give the relative any immigration status or benefit. This form will help in attaining a family reunification visa.

H-1B Program and Fashion Models

The U.S. Department of Labor has a program for ". . .fashion models of distinguished merit and ability . . ."


How Afghans Can Get a Green Card. The State Department has some very stingent rules to be followed for the Afghans that were evacuated from Afghanistan who do not posess a 'Green Card'. Once an Afghan passes through their transit point (Middle East, Germany, Italy, etc.) and arrives at the United States he will be sent to one of eight military installations  to enter into 'iintegration training'. This takes about 30 day and then they enter the US government resettlement system. This then qualifies them for a two-year process in working toward Legal Permanent Resident (LRP) status (Green Card).  If they don't complete the processing and are picked up at the airport by friends or relatives then they may not be able to re-enter the system. This puts them at risk of not qualifying for a Green Card or Asylum. Apparently the Afghans entering the country are not afforded the benefits of those entering through our southern border.

'Pathways for Immigration'. The website of Afg Disapora Hub has a wealth of information for Afghans seeking to leave Afghanistan for other countries.

Info and Resources for Visa Applications for Afghans
by Setara Karim


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Legal Services and Resources for Immigration

Department of Justice - List of Pro Bono Service Providers

Human Rights First
An online form is available to submit a referal to "Project: Afghan Legal Assistance (PALA)". Input information for any Afghan person seeking legal assistance in the United States. Click on "Submit a PALA Referral" that is highlighted in blue at the link below.

International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
Legal Resources for Afghans. IRAP has compiled resources for Afghans, their friends, and colleagues who may be looking for information about immigration options. Comprehensive information for refugees can be found on IRAP's legal information page, which is also available in Pashto and Dari.

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Find Resources for Assisting Afghan Clients


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Resettlement and Sponsorship

USA Hello. Resources for displaced Afghans seeking help.

Lutheran Immigration and Relief Service

LIRS - How to Help Our Afghan Allies

Afghanistan Matters

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
They have posted a webpage entitled "Resources for Afghan Allies" that provides helpful information on making a safety plan (SIV, P-2, or other), seeking repatriation assistance (US citizens), getting SIV or P-2 status, tips on evading the misuse of biometric data, and how to delete your digital history. Many of these tips are in Pashto and Dari as well as English. And there is a button for donating to the USCRI.

The Afghan Adjustment Act (AAA) is legislation that many Afghan Evac organizations, veterans service organizations, senior military leaders, former Ambassadors to Afghanistan, and others attempted to insert into the FY2023 Omnibus Appropriations package in December 2022. Despite wide support for the legislation Congress failed to include the legislation.

Additional References on Immigration

Nowrasteh, Alex. Terrorism and Immigration: A Risk Analysis, 19752022", Policy Analysis no. 958, Cato Institute, Washington, DC, August 22, 2023.



Books about the Kabul non-combatant evacuation operation (NEO) of August 2021,
evacuation of AMCITs, LPRs, SIVs, and others, and the Afghan Evac community and effort.

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