Frequently Asked Questions
Afghan Community Support
Information is changing rapidly, and we will do our best to update regularly.
Last updated 9/8/2021
Please be aware of the following guidance from the Department of State
On March 15th, DHS Secretary Mayorkas announced the designation of Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. Afghans who continuously resided in the U.S. since March 15, 2022 will be eligible for TPS, provided they meet the other requirements. Individuals who attempt to travel to the United States after March 15, 2022 will not be eligible for TPS. USCIS still has to publish the TPS notice in the Federal Register before eligible Afghans can begin to apply. We will notify practitioners once USCIS publishes the notice in the Federal Register.
U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan: Embassy Operations Suspended 8/31/2021
While the U.S. government has withdrawn its personnel from Kabul, the Department of State will continue to assist U.S. citizens and their families in Afghanistan from Doha, Qatar.
U.S. citizens who remain in Afghanistan should shelter in place.
Those who wish to depart should continue to monitor the security situation, and consider arranging their own travel only when it is safe to do so.
U.S. Department of State Afghan Inquiries - U.S. Department of State continues to closely monitor events and carefully assess conditions in Afghanistan. The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas remain a top priority. Information within this site include: U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents, Non-U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents, Special Immigrant Visa Applicants, U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, UNHCR and Assistance. The Department of State will continue to provide information via
- the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at http://step.state.gov/
- the Embassy web page at https://af.usembassy.gov/
- and Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Consular services, including visa services, remain available outside Afghanistan. To locate the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate you can go to the official list of embassies from the U.S. Department of State (usembassy.gov)
U.S. citizens should send an email to AfghanistanACS@state.gov with questions or concerns.
Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA) Program:
Information is being shared upon release from the U.S. Department of State and Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Look HERE to see what we know so far.