Most Afghans arriving since August 2021 in the United States entered as a Humanitarian parolee, on a Special Immigrant Visa, or as a refugee. Learn more about these immigration legal statuses below or review an overview presentation.
Status Entering the U.S.
Most Afghans arriving since August 2021 in the United States entered as a humanitarian parolee, on a Special Immigrant Visa, or as a refugee. Learn more about these immigration legal statuses below or review an overview presentation.
This parole status is temporary and typically lasts two years. During this two year period, you will need to apply for a permanent form of relief that you are eligible for such as asylum, Special Immigrant Visa, family-based immigrant visa, or another immigrant visa.
To be eligible for an SIV, you must have been employed by the U.S. government, a U.S. contractor, or International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for at least one year. Applicants must also have experienced or be experiencing an ongoing serious threat as a consequence of their employment. SIV Principal Applicants may include their spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age in their case.
Once you have an approved I-360 SI3V, you can file form I-485 application for a permanent resident card, commonly called a “Green Card.” Green Card holders are granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. You may receive temporary I-551 documentation which is good for one year until you receive your permanent resident card. More information on how to apply for a Green Card here.
Tip: Two important notes related to your status in the U.S.:1. If you move, you must change your address with immigration using Form AR-112. Breaking the law could lead to termination of your status, deportation proceedings, and/or immigration detention.