As the security situation in Afghanistan remains dire, many Afghans and their friends and colleagues may be looking for information about U.S. humanitarian immigration pathways for Afghans. Some Afghans have also entered the U.S. with temporary parole status, leading to questions about how these pathways relate to options for permanent immigration status in the U.S. This training provides attorneys with brief overviews on several of these pathways–Afghan Special Immigrant Visas, access to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for Afghan nationals, humanitarian parole, and family reunification–along with updates on the current status of processing. The training also briefly covers some best practices for remote legal assistance in this context and how to identify organizations that may need attorney volunteers.
Betsy Fisher and Stephen Poellot of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) addressed the following topics:
- Overview and update regarding immigration pathways for Afghan allies
- Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program and process
- Refugee program (Afghan P-2, P-1 referrals) update
- Humanitarian parole and context for Afghan refugees who have already arrived in U.S.
- Tips for working remotely with Afghan refugees
- Pro bono opportunities
Note: There is a fee associated with this training. Continuing education credits are available.