Afghans Needing Evacuation: This list contains information and “lessons learned” by U.S. military veterans trying to help our Afghan friends. Please check back for periodic updates as we have more information. Although pathways out of Afghanistan are very limited right now, we are not giving up.
U.S. Visa Situation
If you don’t have a U.S. visa, don’t give up hope. If you’re lost, here are some basics:
Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) – This is a 14-step process designed for translators who served with US/ISAF forces for a minimum of two years. It is a long and confusing process, and you may have been refused because your employment was terminated due to a whole host of reasons by the agency you worked for like MEP, or any other inexplicable reasons you’ll hear from so many applicants who served honorably as translators.
Priority 1 Visa (P1) – This includes individuals referred by the US Embassy, UNHCR, or designated NGO for resettlement, with special consideration for those under especially severe threats, including women and girls, human rights defenders, journalists, and other civil society actors. Contact the US State Department office managing this at [email protected] and (202) 485-1627.
Priority 2 Visa (P2) – This includes “groups of special concern” for resettlement. Eligible Afghans who can apply for this visa include interpreters who do not meet requirements for the SIV; anyone who has worked for US agencies or organizations funded by U.S. agencies; and anyone working in media organizations. Applicants for P2 are expected to go to a third country for processing of this visa.
Humanitarian Parole – For those who don’t already have another visa application pending, this is a newly opened option for Afghans who need a visa due to urgent threat of their life (we know this is MANY of you). Sponsors are needed to bring you in. Here is the link to the forms and procedure to apply: https://www.uscis.gov/forms/explore-my-options/humanitarian-parole.