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Frequently Asked Questions

Afghan Community Support

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Information is changing rapidly, and we will do our best to update regularly.

Last updated 3/15/2023

The Afghan Support Program (ASP) at World Relief Baltimore Immigrant Services Office was created in 2022 in response to the recent influx of Afghan Immigrants arriving in the United States following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the concurrent evacuation of Afghan allies known as "Operation Allies Welcome".


Through ASP, World Relief Baltimore’s legal practitioners offer free consultations to these Afghan newcomers and provides them with pro bono representation in any immigration application they are eligible to apply for.


World Relief continues to advocate for the Afghan Adjustment Act or similar legislation that would provide all Afghans resettled after the evacuation with a direct path to apply for permanent legal status. For now, however, World Relief Baltimore Immigrant Services Office is committed to helping Afghan arrivals understand all potential options available to them under existing law, and has funds to cover certain USCIS fees if a government fee waiver is unavailable.


So far, World Relief Baltimore has filed asylum applications for 15 Afghan clients and has represented several already in their Asylum interviews. World Relief Baltimore has assisted others with applying for Green Cards (including some applications based on having U.S. citizen relatives and others based on status as a former interpreter for the U.S. military).


Other potential options for recent Afghan arrivals include applying for Temporary Protected Status or renewal of parole.  World Relief Baltimore remains committed to assisting Afghans to fully integrate into U.S. society in order to make a new home for themselves and their families.

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