Wednesday, April 24, 2024

US to Expedite Afghan Refugee Permanent Visas Rather Than Continuing Parole Program

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

The US will end the temporary humanitarian parole program this month and focus its efforts and resources on permanent visas in an effort to speed up the procedure for Afghan refugees.

This month, the Biden Administration is reportedly planning to discontinue the temporary humanitarian parole program and announce significant changes to the immigration system in order to speed up the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program and increase refugee intake, particularly for those who are currently waiting in third countries.

Refugee resettlement organizations in the US were quickly overburdened when nearly 80,000 Afghans reached in the country. They were already struggling to reopen offices and hire employees after the Trump administration drastically reduced refugee admissions.

According to a senior administration official, the administration of US President Joe Biden announced in early September that it has stopped temporarily relocating Afghans to the country. 

The Biden administration is focused on providing Afghan refugees with routes to permanent residence, according to the official, and relocation of Afghans for family reunifications is an exception.

Karine-Pierre the White House spokesperson said that “We are adopting a new model where Afghan arrivals will travel directly to the communities where they will be moving with the help of refugee resettlement organizations, without a safe-haven stopover in the United States.”

The US Afghan Adjustment Act was previously introduced in early August to set up a path to green card and citizenship for thousands of Afghan evacuees who have been given temporary legal status in the country.

Many Afghans who have been airlifted by US forces to Kosovo, Germany, Albania, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries, as well as those, eligible for US resettlement programs who have been able to travel to Afghanistan’s neighboring countries, are currently waiting interminably for immigration procedures.

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