According to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) records, the bulk of Afghan humanitarian parole applications to the US are still pending, with over 90% of the fewer than 5,000 fully evaluated requests being denied.

According to the USCIS statistics shared with the CBS News, of almost less than 5,000 evaluated applications of Afghan nationals to enter the US on humanitarian grounds, 90% of them has been rejected due to strict narrow eligibility rules.

Consistent with the USCIS numbers, as of June 2, only 297 Afghan parole applications had been approved, while 4,246 had been refused, implying that the vast majority of the tens of thousands of pending cases will be dismissed under the US government’s narrow standards.

A rejection letter read that parole is offered to those who the USCIS finds to be under a “severe targeted or individualized harm.”

The USCIS is said to have received more than 46,000 applications from Afghans seeking to enter the United States under the parole program following the collapse of the previous government to the Taliban.

Following the Taliban’s reconquest of Afghanistan last august, the US evacuated 124,000 Americans, third-country nationals, and Afghans, while resettling over 70,000 Afghans who aided them in Afghanistan.


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