USCRI Statement on Re-parole Process for Afghans Beginning in June

By USCRI May 5, 2023

On May 5, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it would establish a process to re-parole eligible Afghan nationals in the United States.

Beginning in June, Afghans who arrived in the United States through humanitarian parole during Operation Allies Welcome (OAW) can request re-parole through online and paper filings. DHS said re-parole requests would be considered on a case-by-case basis.

“For months, Afghan humanitarian parolees evacuated during OAW have been in limbo—awaiting information on what happens after the end of their parole,” USCRI President and CEO Eskinder Negash said. “We are grateful they gained more certainty about their future with today’s announcement: Re-parole for Afghans is coming.”

“We urge the administration to swiftly release details about the re-parole process in the coming days and weeks,” he added. “Re-parole must be as streamlined and accessible as possible for Afghans to renew their parole and work authorization in a timely and equitable manner.”

USCRI also reiterates its call for a redesignation of Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status to offer protections to more recently arrived Afghan nationals.

USCRI stresses that parolees of all nationalities should have access to more streamlined permanent protection pathways to live and work legally in the United States. Reintroduction and passage of the bipartisan Afghan Adjustment Act (AAA) remains a top priority for USCRI.

“While re-parole is necessary and welcome, the AAA and its comprehensive plan to get Afghans on the path to permanency remain essential,” Negash said. “Eventually, the United States must get past repeated cycles of temporary protections to permanently displaced populations like evacuated Afghans.”

USCRI, founded in 1911, is a non-governmental, not-for-profit international organization committed to working on behalf of refugees and immigrants and their transition to a dignified life.

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