Afghan Adjustment Act (AAA)

In early August 2022, a bipartisan group of legislators in both the House and Senate introduced the Afghan Adjustment Act (AAA), which would provide a pathway to permanent legal status for Afghans resettled in the United States, expand eligibility for the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program, and create an inter-agency task force to better facilitate the relocation of at-risk Afghans abroad. The Evacuate Our Allies Coalition thanks the following Members of Congress for leading the effort to introduce the AAA in both the House and the Senate: Representatives Blumenauer (D-OR), Meijer (R-MI), Nadler (D-NY), Kinzinger (R-IL), Lofgren (D-CA), Miller-Meeks (R-IA), Crow (D-CO), Upton (R-MI), and Peters (D-CA); and Senators Klobuchar (D-MN), Graham (R-SC), Coons (D-DE), Blunt (R-MO), Blumenthal (D-CT), and Murkowski (R-AK).

What is the Afghan Adjustment Act (AAA)?

The Afghan Adjustment Act would:

  • Provide a pathway to permanent legal status for Afghan parolees and Afghans who were lawfully present in the United States prior to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

  • Establish an Interagency Task Force responsible for creating and implementing a strategy to continue the relocation and resettlement of eligible Afghan partners from Afghanistan over the next ten years, and providing much-needed intra-governmental coordination.

  • Require the U.S. Department of State to respond to congressional inquiries related to SIV applications or U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) referrals.

  • Expand SIV eligibility for Afghans who worked and served alongside U.S. forces, including members of the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command, the Afghan Air Force, the Female Tactical Teams of Afghanistan, and the Special Mission Wing of Afghanistan, as well as certain Afghan family members of U.S. service people and veterans.

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What’s in the Afghan Adjustment Act?

The language in the bill is the same in the House and the Senate.

Representative Blumenauer has provided a section-by-section of the AAA to help explain what each section of the bill would do.

Read about the public support for the Afghan Adjustment in this September 2022 report by More in Common.

Evacuate Our Allies has a Fact Sheet on the Afghan Adjustment Act.

Do your Senators and Representatives support the Afghan Adjustment Act?

Check the pages for the House version H.R. 8685 and Senate version S. 4787 to see if your Members of Congress are cosponsors of the Afghan Adjustment Act.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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From September 6-8, 2022, the EOA coalition mobilized over 500 advocates to participate in Virtual Congressional Advocacy Days for the AAA, resulting in hundreds of meetings with Senators and other key leaders in Congress.

View a list of all Organizational Endorsements of the AAA here.