Legal Resources for Afghans

AFGHAN CLIENT RESOURCES

This page will be updated with community resources, documents translated to Dari and Pashto, and other updates for Afghan clients. For complete information from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), visit Information for Afghan Nationals. 

Last updated 05/18/2022.

Afghan Client Resources at IILA

NOTICE: The United States immigration system is facing system-wide backlogs and delays in processing applications. Resettlement agencies and immigration attorneys across the country are facing a significant number of pending cases and increased processing times. We strongly urge Afghan clients to consult with an immigration attorney, as well as utilize the resources on this page for their asylum application or pending SIV application.

Update on the proposed Afghan Adjustment Act: IILA is calling on Congress to pass the Afghan Adjustment Act, which would allow Afghans on humanitarian parole to adjust their status to permanent residence (green cards) without applying for asylum. We currently don’t know whether this will pass or when it may take effect. Our current understanding is that Afghan clients should submit their application for asylum within one year of arrival in the country.

APPLYING FOR ASYLUM

Asylum is a form of legal protection for people who are physically present in the United States, who suffered and/or fear future persecution in their home country.

 

Aslyum 101 for Afghans Videos

English

Pashto پښتو

Dari درى

International Institute of Los Angeles – Afghan Legal Representation Project (ALRP)

IILA clients who wish to receive services through IILA’s ALRP will need to return signed copies of the following forms, as well as a completed I-589 in Dari or Pashto or English (to the best of their ability) by May 27, 2022:

The I-589 should be initially completed in Dari or Pashto in the majority of cases so that the members of the family can review what was submitted before the Asylum Interview.  Consistency between what is written on I-589 and what is said in the Asylum Interview is critical.

IILA clients who need a Dari or Pashto speaking volunteer to assist with completing the forms and the I-589 should let their case manager know so that we can match them with a volunteer.

Afghan Client Asylum Orientation – May 9, 2022

 
National Immigrant Justice Center

VECINA

HIAS/ABA – Asylum Toolkits

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

APPLYING FOR SPECIAL IMMIGRANT VISA (SIV)

The Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) is an immigration program that grants permanent residence to people who aided the U.S. government abroad. If you are currently applying for Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) or awaiting Chief of Mission (COM) approval, we strongly recommend that you also apply for asylum.


U.S. Department of State

International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)

FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Volunteer Opportunities with IILA

As the US immigration system, resettlement agencies, and immigration attorneys across the country are facing major delays and increased caseloads, IILA is launching the Afghan Legal Representation Project (ALRP) to ensure that our clients are on track to meet the one-year asylum deadline.

IILA’s ALRP will work to match Afghan clients with legal professionals and non-legal volunteers to assist with their immigration-related applications. Sign up today or share this opportunity with others!

Legal Professionals & Law Students

We are looking for legal professionals and law students who are interested in providing pro bono legal assistance to Afghan evacuees, which may include asylum, Special Immigrant Visa, P1/2 refugee status, Temporary Protected Status, and other legal applications.

SIGN UP HERE

Non-Legal Volunteers & Dari/Pashto Translators

We are looking for volunteers who can provide assistance to Afghans applying for asylum and other legal matters. Tasks may include helping to fill out applications, translating documents in Dari/Pashto, proof-reading, delivering documents, and other non-legal tasks.

SIGN UP HERE

Resources for Immigration Attorneys


VECINA Training Course on SIVs

ABA Resources

CLINIC Resources

DHS Resources

USCIS has posted resources on Afghanistan, including the process for Afghan nationals to apply for humanitarian parole as well as immigration relief available to those present in the United States:


Additional Resources

Listservs to join
  • PALA (AfghanLegalAssist@googlegroups.com)
  • AILA (afghanevacuations@lists.aila.org)