We continue to closely monitor events and carefully assess conditions in Afghanistan. The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas remain a top priority.
U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents:
- The U.S. Embassy in Kabul suspended all operations on August 31, 2021.
- While the U.S. government has withdrawn its personnel from Kabul, U.S. citizens in Afghanistan in need of routine consular services can contact any U.S. embassy or consulate for assistance; click here to locate the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. U.S. citizens who are in Afghanistan and are seeking U.S. government assistance to depart should either complete the Repatriation Form or, if you are unable to access the form, please email your complete biographic details and contact information (email and phone number) as well as your US Passport number to AfghanistanACS@state.gov. We will also continue our efforts to help Lawful Permanent Residents, as well as the many Afghans who have stood with us over the years, who are seeking to leave Afghanistan.
- The Embassy will continue to provide information via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), the Embassy web page, State.Gov, and Facebook and Twitter. Consular services remain available outside Afghanistan; click here to locate the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
- The Department of State has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. U.S. citizens still in country should:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates and ensure you can be located in an emergency.
- Review your personal security plans.
- Be aware of your surroundings and local security developments at all times.
- Keep a low profile.
- Notify a trusted person of your travel and movement plans.
- Make contingency plans to leave when it is safe to do so that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
- Monitor local media.
- Please review, “What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis.”
- Resources for U.S. citizens in Afghanistan:
- State Department – Consular Affairs Afghanistan Call Center 833-741-2777 or 606-260-4379
- Embassy Citizens’ Services Page
- Afghanistan Country Information
- Afghanistan Travel Advisory
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
- Refer to our website for the latest Alerts and Messages for U.S. citizens.
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Afghanistan.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on state.gov for the latest information.
- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to ensure you receive Alerts and other information
Non-U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents:
- The United States is taking every available measure to assist Afghans who are at risk, particularly those who worked for or with the United States or have supported international efforts, and has established mechanisms to help Afghans at risk receive protection from potential retaliation or harm.
- The two key mechanisms to support Afghans who are at risk because of their affiliation with the United States are the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program and priority referrals to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP).
Special Immigrant Visa Applicants:
- While we are currently unable to provide consular services for immigrant visas, including Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs), in Afghanistan, we are developing processing alternatives so that we can continue to deliver this important service for the people of Afghanistan.
- We also will continue to prioritize SIV applications at every stage of the SIV process, including transferring interview-ready cases to other U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world. This effort is of the utmost importance to the U.S. Government.
- Starting July 20, 2022, the Department of State and U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have combined two steps in the Afghan SIV application process: (1) the Chief of Mission approval, and (2) the SIV petition. The new petition is two pages and submitted with the COM application, compared to the 19-page USCIS petition. The new application does not need to be sent to USCIS.
- Afghan nationals who are eligible for the SIV program but who have not yet applied should submit one complete application package, including the , to the National Visa Center (NVC) to facilitate processing as quickly as possible. Please refer to Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans – Who Were Employed by/on Behalf of the U.S. Government for more information regarding the SIV process and who is eligible.
- Afghan nationals with pending SIV applications should follow the guidance available here: Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans – Who Were Employed by/on Behalf of the U.S. Government. After your petition is approved and you become eligible for an interview, notify the NVC once you are able to travel to a U.S. Embassy or Consulate outside of Afghanistan that processes immigrant visas. We will then assist you in transferring your case to that location for an interview. If you are currently outside of Afghanistan, please contact the NVC to have your case transferred to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate of your choice.
- If you are applying for another type of immigrant visa (non-SIV), once you are able to travel to a U.S. Embassy or Consulate that processes immigrant visas outside of Afghanistan, please contact the NVC to request a case transfer.
- Immigrant visa applicants, including SIV applicants, should continue monitoring official U.S. Government websites, including travel.state.gov for updated information. If there are instructions pertaining to your individual SIV or immigrant visa petition, the U.S. government will contact you separately.
Please find additional SIV resources below:
|If you have not yet received Chief of Mission (COM) approval for your SIV application and have questions on how to receive COM approval||Email the NVC at|
|If you have received COM approval for your SIV application and have questions regarding the filing of your official Form I-360 petition||Contact the USCIS Nebraska Service Center at email@example.com|
|*New* If you have questions about the new DS-157 Petition for Special Immigrant Classification for Afghan SIV applicants or are unsure which petition you need to file||Visit Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans – Who Were Employed by/on Behalf of the U.S. Government
|If you have an approved SIV petition and have questions regarding your visa case status||Email the NVC at NVCSIV@state.gov|
|If you have questions about your SIV interview||Contact the NVC at|
|If you are an SIV recipient in the U.S. and would like information about SIV resettlement benefits through post-arrival services||Contact the Refugee Processing Center at SIV@wrapsnet.org|
U.S. Refugee Admissions Program:
- Our commitment to the people of Afghanistan is enduring. We continue to receive and process submissions for Afghans who may be eligible for referral to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. Afghans eligible and referred to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) must be outside of Afghanistan in a third country for their cases to be processed. We recognize that it may be difficult for Afghans to obtain a visa to a third country or find a way to enter a third country, and like many refugees, may face significant challenges fleeing to safety. Our expectation – and the expectation of the international community – is that people who want to leave Afghanistan should be able to do so.
- Information on the Priority-2 designation for access to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program is available at state.gov/refugee-admissions/. Information for Afghan nationals regarding the P-2 designation and instructions for U.S.-based media and U.S. NGOs to submit P-2 referrals are available at www.wrapsnet.org.
Requests for Humanitarian Parole
- For information about parole for Afghan nationals, see USCIS’ Information for Afghan Nationals on Requests to USCIS for Humanitarian Parole.
Consular Services to the Afghans Living in the United States
- Please reach out to Afghan Embassy and Consulates in Canada: https://www.ottawa.mfa.af/news/2022-04-20-14-44-43.html
UNHCR and Assistance
- Individuals who believe they are being persecuted or who fear persecution in their own country and have managed to flee to another country should follow procedures to seek asylum with local/national authorities. Such individuals can also seek assistance from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). UNHCR’s immediate focus is to ensure that Afghans who are seeking safety can reach it, including across borders and into neighboring countries if needed and that they can receive assistance to meet basic needs.
- Globally, possibilities for resettlement of Afghans under UNHCR’s program are determined by participating governments. With respect to potential resettlement in a third country, resettlement quotas from governments around the world can currently only include a tiny proportion of refugees worldwide (less than 1%). Although some individuals may be determined to be in need of life-saving resettlement and may meet eligibility criteria, this is contingent on many factors, including the severity of resettlement needs, the protection environment, the position of the host country, and the availability of resettlement places. More information can be found on the UNHCR website at https://help.unhcr.org/ .
How the Public Can Help
- It is the millions of people in local communities across the United States who ensure the success of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) by welcoming and helping integrate refugees from around the world. We encourage people who are interested in assisting arriving Afghans to reach out to welcome.us or their local refugee resettlement agency for ways to help. There are many opportunities to be involved in welcoming Afghans and helping them to rebuild their lives in the U.S.
- For a list of resettlement agency and affiliate contacts, please visit wrapsnet.org/resources/.
- The State Department is collaborating with the Community Sponsorship Hub (CSH) on the Sponsor Circle Program for Afghans, which creates new opportunities for individuals across the country to directly support Afghans who have been relocated to the United States under Operation Allies Welcome. Groups of individuals and community organizations can apply to form a sponsor circle to directly support arriving Afghans. For more information on the Sponsor Circle Program and to learn how to apply to form a sponsor circle, visit www.sponsorcircles.org.
- To help Afghans in crisis around the world, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) has created a page that lists the U.S. and international organizations providing life-saving assistance. CIDI’s goal is to support donors and relief agencies as they work together to provide quick, effective, and efficient relief to people affected by disasters.
- For a list of U.S. and international nongovernmental organizations assisting Afghans around the world, please visit: https://www.cidi.org/disaster-responses/afghanistan.
Partnerships for Afghan Response
- In recognition of the outpouring of expressions of support from American businesses, philanthropies, faith-based communities, civil society organizations, and individuals, the Department of State is seeking to coordinate among private sector stakeholders to expand the capacity of the United States to welcome greater numbers of at-risk Afghans in this pivotal moment.
- A broad network of private actors including but not limited to U.S. companies, philanthropies, universities, civil society organizations, faith-based communities, and veteran groups have expressed interest in a variety of ways to support Afghans, including funding and sponsorship, and as coordinators, and advocates/promoters of this effort.
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