Afghan

Specifically for newly arriving Afghans in 2021

Afghanistan Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022

In response to the rapid evacuation and resettlement of Afghans, per the Afghanistan Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022, and effective as of September 30, 2021, Congress has authorized the following:

  1. Citizens or nationals of Afghanistan paroled into the U.S. between July 31, 2021 through September 30, 2022 are eligible for mainstream benefits, resettlement assistance, and other benefits available to refugees, until March 31, 2023 or the end of their parole term, whichever is later.  (Note that this is also the case for spouses or children of these individuals as defined by 8 U.S.C.

Register for Center of Excellence in Newcomer Health's Upcoming Webinar October 4th

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Afghan Culture and Health Screening Considerations Monday

October 4, 2021 1:30 - 3 p.m. ET | 12:30 - 2 p.m. CT 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. MT | 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. PT

Click here to register for this free training Webex Registration.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the potential entry pathways and immigration standings of Afghan arrivals, including their impact on medical care/access
  • List three required or recommended components of medical screening/care for Afghan arrivals
  • Discuss potential health concerns for Afghan arrivals at the population level
  • Identify at least three cultural considerations for a patient-provider interaction with Afghan arrival

Various Resources From ORR - Afghan Evacuees

ORR have shared some new resources regarding Afghan evacuees for your situational awareness and to share:

  • Webinar on Afghan Culture and Health Screening Considerations from the CDC-funded Center of Excellence in Newcomer Health on Oct 4. Click to open attachment. Click here to register.
  • Flyer for bases: What Afghans should carry their medical records with them to their final destination. Click to open pdf.  CDC asks that this be disseminated to our deployers and encourages this be posted at the bases. 
  • CDC’s website containing resources for deployers and external partners is now live:  

Register for Switchboard's Webinar on October 4th

Psychological First Aid (PFA) to Support Clients Affected by the Crisis in Afghanistan

Monday, October 4, 2:00-3:30PM ET

What will this webinar cover?
In an emergency, like the crisis in Afghanistan, it is common to have a rapid increase in the number of people experiencing distress, including

Switchboard: Resources for Serving Afghan Clients

Switchboard recently published two blog posts aimed at service providers supporting clients and recent arrivals from Afghanistan. A Round-Up of Resources for Serving Afghan Evacuees shares federal policies, cultural orientation resources, and economic empowerment and digital inclusion resources. It includes a focus on resources available in Dari and Pashto. Supporting Clients and Staff Affected by the Crisis in Afghanistan provides tips that may be helpful to program staff and leaders as they seek to care for clients and staff affected by the situation in Afghanistan.

SAVE - Afghan Special Immigrant Parolee and LPR Status

Afghan Special Immigrant Parolee and Lawful Permanent Resident Status

On July 30, 2021, the President announced that the first flight of Operation Allies Refuge had arrived in the United States, carrying Afghans who are eligible for Special Immigrant Visas (SIV), including family members. These individuals and future arrivals that are part of this operation will have a special immigrant Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status or special immigrant parole that meets the special immigrant requirement for certain government benefits. 

As with other Iraqis and Afghans and their dependents admitted

ORR Policy Letter 16-01 for SI/SQ Parole

This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to inform the refugee resettlement network that in the coming months ORR anticipates Afghan individuals who have assisted the U.S. government overseas will be relocated to the United States. Due to the urgent nature of their arrival, these individuals will receive SQ/SI Parole.

ORR Policy Letter (PL) 16-01, Documentation Requirements for the Refugee Resettlement Program, announced a documentation guide, Status and Documentation Requirements for the ORR Refugee Resettlement Program (hereinafter Documentation Guide), that outlined the statuses and documents

Afghan SI/SQ Parolee communication from ORR partners

As you know, in the first week of August, ORR published ORR PL 21-07, Amendment to ORR Policy Letter 16-01: Additional Form of Documentation for Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrants. In addition, in response to concerns about Afghans with SI/SQ parole (per section 602(B)(1) AAPA / Section 1509(a) NDAA 2006) not being able to access mainstream benefits, ORR took two main steps.

  1. Issued ORR DCL 21-16, Clarification Related to Afghan SQ/SI Parolees Eligibility for RCA/RMA, as a reminder that if these Afghan parolees are found ineligible for TANF or Medicaid, they should be screened for RCA and

Afghan SIV Information

Attached please find Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) 21-16 Clarification Related to Afghan SQ/SI Parolees Eligibility for RCA/RMA. It will be posted to the DCL page of the ORR web site in the near future (https://www.acf.hhs.gov/orr/policy-guidance/dear-colleague-letter). Please distribute as appropriate to your networks as these individuals have begun arriving to their resettlement locations within the United States. Contact ORR’s Refugee Policy Unit (RefugeePolicy@acf.hhs.gov) with any questions.

Attached please find FAQs and related resources for Afghan SIVs being processed out of Fort Lee.

ORR DCL 21-16_Clarification Related to Afghan SQ/SI Parolees Eligibility for RCA/RMA

Please click here to find Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) 21-16 Clarification Related to Afghan SQ/SI Parolees Eligibility for RCA/RMA.  It will be posted to the DCL page of the ORR web site in the near future (https://www.acf.hhs.gov/orr/policy-guidance/dear-colleague-letter(link is external)).

Please distribute as appropriate to your networks as these individuals have begun arriving to their resettlement locations within the United States.  Contact ORR’s Refugee Policy Unit (RefugeePolicy@acf.hhs.gov(link sends e-mail)) with any questions.

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