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US extends Afghan citizens’ temporary residence permits by 18 months

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The United States government has extended the “Temporary Protected Status,” which prevents the deportation of Afghan citizens from the United States, for another 18 months.

The Department of Homeland Security in the United States announced Thursday that Afghan citizens who entered the United States after March 15, 2022, and before September 20, 2023, will receive temporary documents.

Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, stated that after assessing the conditions in Afghanistan and consulting with international partners, the necessity of extending the Temporary Protected Status for Afghanistan for eighteen months, November 21, 2023, to May 20, 2025, has been determined.

This American official mentioned that this extension allows the United States government to continue providing safety and protection services for Afghan citizens who cannot return to their home country due to armed conflicts, extraordinary circumstances, and economic instability, among other factors.

Certain Afghan citizens who have resided in the United States for more than one year will benefit from this decision. According to the statistics of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a total of 14,600 Afghans are eligible for this process.

Meanwhile, last year, there was a proposal to provide permanent residency for Afghan citizens in the United States through legislation. However, this bill was not approved by the United States Senate. With the current decision, there will be no provisions for permanent residency or citizenship for Afghan citizens in the United States.

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