U.S. Immigration and Visas
Learn about Visa and Immigration options.
Overview of Visas and Alternative Immigration Options
Understanding the SIV Process & Who to Contact
[Updated 2 November 2021]
[Updated 2 November 2021]
Requirements: 12 months of employment by/on behalf of USG or ISAF.
No One Left Behind (NOLB) is the only nationwide nonprofit committed to ensuring that America keeps its promise to our allies and their families who risked their lives for our freedom. They are working to keep our nation’s promise by trying to fix the State Department’s 14-step SIV process by providing emergency financial aid and used vehicles to newly-arrived interpreters. Last year we helped 636 SIV families in 93 cities in 20 states with over $430,000, but for every family we could help, we had 4 more waiting.
Additional Assistance for Afghans with Pending SIV Applications
[Updated 27 August 2021]
P1 and P2 Visas
Humanitarian Parole (not a visa)
For those who don’t already have another visa application pending, this is a newly opened option for people who need to leave Afghanistan (or a third country they may have fled to) due to an urgent threat to their life. Sponsors (either individuals or an organization) are needed in order for Afghans to apply.
Humanitarian parole is NOT a visa. It grants "permission to enter and remain temporarily in the United States.” Parole does not confer on individuals who receive it any formal immigration status. After receiving parole status and once they arrive in the U.S, they would need to apply for an adjustment of status that would allow them to stay in the country on a more permanent basis.
Here is the link to the forms and procedure to apply: https://www.uscis.gov/forms/explore-my-options/humanitarian-parole. Note that the application and documentation need to be physically mailed in. There is no online submission option.
Penn State Law and the Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic published this resource, Humanitarian Parole for Afghan Nationals.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association has shared a number of resources on applying for humanitarian parole -- see some examples below and check their constantly updated resource page for Immigration Lawyers Assisting Afghan Clients.
Legal Assistance & Visa Application Resources
Trusted Organizations & Initiatives
Project: Afghan Legal Assistance (PALA): PALA helps Human Rights First match Afghans seeking legal assistance in the US (whether physically in the United States or abroad) with pro bono legal assistance providers.
Input information for any Afghan person seeking legal assistance in the United States.
Are you an immigration attorney? Register here to volunteer to provide legal assistance.
IRAP Legal Resources for Afghans: See some frequently asked questions and learn more about getting help with your visa application.