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One Pager on New TRIG Exemptions for Afghans: Prof. Lindsay M. Harris
Posted on 22 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Lindsay M. Harris, June 21, 2022 "On June 14, 2022, the Secretaries of Homeland Security and State announced broad-based exemptions to the Terrorist Related Inadmissibility Grounds for certain Afghans. On June 23, 2022, the Departments of... Read More

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USCIS Denies Over 90% of Afghan Humanitarian Parole Requests
Posted on 20 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Camilo Montoya, CBS News, June 20, 2022 "Since July 2021, USCIS has received over 46,000 applications from Afghans hoping to come to the U.S. through the parole process. But most parole applications from Afghans remain unresolved — and over... Read More

TRIG Exemptions for Eligible Afghans (June 14, 2022)
Posted on 14 Jun 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, June 14, 2022 "Today, the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State took steps to ensure that vulnerable Afghans who have supported and worked with the United States in Afghanistan, and who have undergone rigorous screening and... Read More

Afghan Parole Lawsuit Filed: Roe v. Mayorkas
Posted on 28 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU Mass., May 2022 "In May 2022, the ACLU of Massachusetts, together with law firm Mintz, filed a lawsuit on behalf of Afghans facing danger at the hands of the reinstalled Taliban regime, and on behalf of New England-based loved ones attempting... Read More

Employment Authorization for Afghan F–1 Nonimmigrant Students Experiencing Severe Economic Hardship
Posted on 20 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 98 / Friday, May 20, 2022 "This notice announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is suspending certain regulatory requirements for F–1 nonimmigrant students whose country of citizenship... Read More

Helping Afghans and Ukrainians Progress from Parole to Temporary Protected Status to Permanent Residence
Posted on 3 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta and Kaitlyn Box, May 3, 2022 "In light of the recent crises in Afghanistan and Ukraine, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been at the forefront of discussions around how the United States can assist individuals who are fleeing these... Read More

What About At-Risk Afghans?
Posted on 13 Apr 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

2-15-22 Letter Requesting Creation of the Afghan Parole Program, a Designated Parole Program for At-Risk Afghans 4-6-22 DHS Response Read More

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Is Congress Failing Afghan Evacuees?
Posted on 29 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post, Mar. 29, 2022 "Most Afghan evacuees fled with few, if any, belongings. Some were separated from immediate family members in the chaos. Many remain deeply traumatized. Then there is the larger, looming crisis... Read More

IRAP, AIC FOIA Records Related to Humanitarian Parole Data and Refugee Processing for Afghan Nationals
Posted on 16 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

IRAP, AIC, Mar. 15, 2022 " This Freedom of Information Ac t (FOIA) request seeks to uncover information about how the humanitarian parole process and refugee program is working with respect to Afghan nationals." Read More

Groups Push for Dedicated Afghan Parole Program
Posted on 16 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Letter dated Feb. 15, 2022 to DHS and USCIS - Request for Creation of the Afghan Parole Program, a Designated Parole Program for At-Risk Afghans "Dear Secretary Mayorkas and Director Jaddou: We write on behalf of the undersigned legal services... Read More

Expert: Programs to Help Afghan Allies "Overwhelmed" Due to Trump Cuts
Posted on 16 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, Feb. 16, 2022 "Thousands of Afghan allies who narrowly missed being evacuated, and who have been living in hiding in Afghanistan or illegally in neighboring countries, have counted on a program known as humanitarian... Read More

83,000 Afghans Made It To The US. Now They Need Lawyers
Posted on 7 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Marco Poggio, Law360, Feb. 6, 2022 "As the frantic withdrawal of American troops and diplomatic personnel unfolded last summer, the U.S. government and allies transported thousands of Afghans fleeing Taliban rule. About 83,000 people have arrived... Read More

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USCIS Policy Alert: Use of Medical Examination Completed Abroad for Afghan Nationals Applying for Adjustment of Status After Evacuation Under Operation Allies Welcome
Posted on 1 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Feb. 1, 2022 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to allow certain Afghan nationals applying for adjustment of status after evacuation under Operation Allies Welcome (OAW... Read More

Concerns Grow Over Denials of Afghan Humanitarian Parole Requests
Posted on 9 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Rebekah Wolf, Immigration Impact, Jan. 7, 2022 "As the United States hastily withdrew its military presence from Afghanistan in August 2021, it began Operation Allies Welcome, a program designed to assist the tens of thousands of Afghans who successfully... Read More

DHS Announces Fee Exemptions, Streamlined Processing for Afghan Nationals as They Resettle in the U.S.
Posted on 8 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Nov. 8, 2021 "Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will exempt filing fees and streamline application processing for Afghan nationals who were paroled into the United States for humanitarian reasons on or after... Read More

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