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We have put together a working list of information and resources that we have obtained from other organizations, including AILA, CAIR, IRAP, and more. You can go directly to the listed organizations and websites for information. This is not a complete list and there may be other resources.

Immigration Information

If you have a family member or friend who is in danger in Afghanistan, you reach out to your local member of Congress. You can find your representative here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative.

US citizens, lawful permanent residents (green card holders), individuals in possession of an Immigrant Visa (IV), or certain individuals who have a pending immigration petition:

  • Individuals under this category, seeking assistance to depart Afghanistan, may register to receive assistance from the U.S. Embassy here: Repatriation Assistance Request The form should be completed for each traveler in their group. The form should only be completed once for each traveler and should be completed as soon as possible.
  • The purpose of the form is to gather names of those who need immigrant visa appointments and those who wish to utilize any repatriation options, including assistance with repatriation flights. The State Department advises not to cancel booked commercial flights as they cannot guarantee charter flights will be available.
  • Those with pending applications may consider applying for humanitarian parole which may be faster than waiting for the embassy to issue a visa.

For Afghans that have been employed on behalf of the U.S. government, U.S.-based NGOs, and U.S.-based media organizations:

  • Special Immigrant Visa (SIV)
  • The Afghan P-2 Program
      This program allows Afghan nationals to be considered for refugee resettlement based on work for U.S. government agencies, U.S.-based NGOs, and U.S.-based media organizations. The P-2 program does not accept applicant self-referrals. Referrals must be made by the senior-most U.S. citizen employee of the media organization’s or NGO’s headquarters in the United States.
      For more information on the P-2 program please visit IRAP and State Department websites.
  • If you require information about air evacuations, especially if you have worked for a foreign government in Afghanistan, please contact the following emergency hotlines:

For Afghans that have US citizen, lawful permanent residence, or refugee relatives in the US:

  • If you have an Afghan spouse, parent, sibling, or child and you are a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, Refugee, or Asylee you may be able to file a petition for an immigrant visa for your relative.
  • This process can take several months or years, if your relatives are in immediate danger, you may consider requesting Humanitarian Parole.

For Afghans who fear persecution from the Taliban or any group in Afghanistan:

  • If you suffered or fear serious harm by the Taliban or any group that the government is unable to protect you from based on your race, nationality, religion, political opinion, or particular social group, you should seek safety at the nearest refugee camp and register with a designated Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) or the United Nations (UN) as a refugee.
  • If you are in the U.S., you may apply for asylum
  • If you can make it to a port of entry at a U.S. border, you can apply for asylum.
  • Please contact any of the following organizations:
      IRAP – Legal Resources for Afghans* (for US asylum)*
      Refugee Legal Aid Information* (a directory of organizations that support refugees in each country)*

For Afghans seeking entry to the U.S. for urgent humanitarian reasons:

  • Humanitarian Parole can be requested by someone outside of the United States who is seeking temporary entrance to the U.S. for urgent humanitarian reasons.
  • To be eligible, you must establish:
      1) that you will go back to Afghanistan when it is safe, or
      2) how you plan to regularize status in the US. This could refer to information about a pending or soon-to-be-filed petition by your qualifying family member on your behalf, intentions to apply for asylum, etc.

Third Countries for Humanitarian Parole

  • If you can reach a third country, an application for Humanitarian Parole can be made at the U.S. Embassy. Afghan citizens are eligible for e-visas to Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan, and they may enter the following countries without a visa:
      Antigua and Barbuda (e-Visa)
      Benin (e-Visa)
      Cape Verde (Visa on arrival – 3 months)
      Comoros (Visa on arrival – 45 days)
      Dominica (Visa-free entry – 21 days)
      Ethiopia (e-Visa – 90 days)
      Maldives (Visa on arrival – 30 days)
      Qatar (e-Visa)
  • More information on the Humanitarian Parole process can be found here: USCIS and IRAP.
  • If you require information about entering neighbouring countries, please contact the following embassies:

Social Media guidance: It is recommended that anyone trying to travel around Afghanistan wipe their phones so that they have no social media or other files that would provoke the Taliban. Travelers should travel light, with just what they need for kids (food) and medicines. Lines are extremely long at airports.

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ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDING RESOURCES, ASSISTANCE, AND GUIDANCE

CAIR – Council on American Islamic Relations

Reliefweb

      Has a list of resources for people at risk in Afghanistan

International Refugee Assistance Projects (IRAP)

      Provides resources for assisting individuals in Afghanistan, including SIV and P-2 guides, as well as a guide for media and NGO employers in Afghanistan

PARS Equality Center

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services

      Find ways to volunteer, donate, and send a message to President Biden and Congress.

No One Left

      The only nation-wide association of wartime allies in the US dedicated to ensuring that America keeps its promise to our interpreters from Iraq and Afghanistan.

DONATION AND OTHER ASSISTANCE INFORMATION

Islamic Relief USA

  • Islamic Relief USA has made an initial commitment of $1 million to help Afghan families suffering under the current crisis. Our staff on the ground has identified Kabul, Balkh, Herat and Nangarhar provinces as areas for immediate support, and are working to distribute the following items:
      Food aid to those suffering from hunger
      Water storage units and hygiene kits to displaced families
      Essential non-food items, like cooking pots, utensils, pots, soaps and detergents, solar-powered lamps, towels, and more
      Family-sized emergency tents and the necessary tools for pitching

Nationwide Services Center

      Donate food, clothing, furniture, put together welcome kits, and more.

Miles4Migrants

  • Miles4Migrants uses donated frequent flyer miles, credit card points, and cash to help people impacted by war, persecution, or disaster reunite with loved ones and start new beginnings in safe homes.

Women for Women International

Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security

Airbnb Refugee Assistance through hosting

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