Immigration Law

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Designation of Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status
Posted on 20 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 98 / Friday, May 20, 2022 "Through this notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is designating Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS... Read More

DHS Announces Registration Process for TPS for Afghanistan
Posted on 19 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, May 19, 2022 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted for public inspection a Federal Register notice on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Afghanistan. This notice provides information about how to register for TPS under Afghanistan’s... Read More

Local Filing of Form I-130 Petitions Filed by U.S. Citizens on Behalf of Afghan, Ethiopian, and Ukrainian Immediate Relatives Fleeing Conflict
Posted on 21 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

State Department, Mar. 17, 2022 "If you are a U.S. citizen who is physically present overseas with your Afghan, Ethiopian, or Ukrainian immediate family members and have not yet filed an immigrant visa petition with USCIS, you may request to locally... Read More

Secretary Mayorkas Designates Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status
Posted on 16 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Mar. 16, 2022 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the designation of Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. Only individuals who are already residing in the United States as of March 15, 2022... Read More

DHS Humanitarian Parole Memo for Certain Afghans
Posted on 27 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Aug. 23, 2021 - Guidance for the Immigration Processing or Afghan Citizens During Operation Allies Refuge Read More

Expert: On Afghan Refugees, Biden Walks Political Tightrope
Posted on 26 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rebecca Morin, USA Today, Aug. 26, 2021 " Stephen Yale-Loehr, professor of immigration law at Cornell Law School , said the United States is going to see a lot of Afghans try to come to the United States and the Biden administration will likely... Read More

DHS on Parole for Certain Afghan Nationals
Posted on 26 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Aug. 23, 2021 - Guidance for the Immigration Processing of Afghan Citizens During Operation Allies Refuge [I don't have a URL for the official PDF, but when I do, I will post.] Read More

Update on Visa Processing at U.S. Embassy Kabul (Aug. 24, 2021)
Posted on 26 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOS, Aug. 24, 2021 "The consular section at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul is closed. Nonimmigrant visa appointments remain unavailable and all immigrant visa appointments, including Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs), at the Embassy have been cancelled... Read More

State Department on Priority 2 Designation for Afghan Nationals
Posted on 2 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Here is the Fact Sheet dated Aug. 2, 2021 and here is a transcript of an Aug. 2, 2021 briefing with senior State Department officials Read More

Presidential Determination 2021-09 (July 23, 2021)
Posted on 28 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 07/29/2021 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT: Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the... Read More

US to Begin Evacuating Afghans Who Aided American Military
Posted on 15 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Aamer Madhani, Darlene Superville, Associated Press, July 14, 2021 "The Biden administration said Wednesday that it is prepared to begin evacuation flights for Afghan interpreters and translators who aided the U.S. military effort in the nearly... Read More

Expert: Urgent Leadership Needed to Rescue Afghan Interpreters
Posted on 18 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Margaret Stock says the White House, the Defense Department, the State Department and DHS need to coordinate and execute a plan to rescue Afghan interpreters and their families without delay. ( Watch beginning at minute 30:30 .) "Without quick... Read More

Will There Be Justice For Zee?
Posted on 16 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Randy Evans, June 16, 2021 "Zalmay Niazy, now in his 30s, is not just another of the countless foreign-born people who dream of living, working and raising families in the United States. He is a native of Afghanistan and served our nation during... Read More

Celebrated Afghan Woman Pilot Requests Asylum in U.S.
Posted on 24 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Margherita Stancati, Wall Street Journal, Dec. 24, 2016 - "As the first female airplane pilot in Afghanistan, Niloofar Rahmani became a powerful symbol of what women could accomplish in the post-Taliban era. But in the ultraconservative country,... Read More

Denied: Afghanistan's All-Girl Robotics Team Can't Get Visas To The US
Posted on 6 Jul 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hilary Brueck, Forbes, June 29, 2017 - "Their robot may have permission to travel, but six teenage Afghan inventors are staying put this summer. They've been rejected for a one-week travel visa to escort their robot to the inaugural FIRST... Read More