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USCIS Grants Two-Year Parole Extension to Specific Afghan Nationals Below 14 Years Old

USCIS Announces Two-Year Parole Extensions for Specific Afghan Minors, Enhancing Support Amidst Ongoing Resettlement Efforts

In a recent update, USCIS revealed its decision to assess two-year extensions of the initial parole period on a case-by-case basis for certain Afghan nationals. This initiative applies to individuals who were paroled into the United States between July 30, 2021, and Sept. 30, 2022, under the OAR or PAR class of admission.

To be eligible, individuals must have been under 14 years old as of Sept. 26, 2023. Additionally, they should not have filed Form I-131 (Application for Travel Document), Form I-485 (Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status), or Form I-589 (Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal) by the same date.

Recognizing the unique challenges faced by minors navigating the immigration system without a parent or legal guardian, USCIS emphasizes the importance of maintaining parole eligibility. Failure to do so could result in the loss of essential benefits, including those provided by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement. Furthermore, the inability to maintain parole may jeopardize their lawful status for future adjustments to lawful permanent resident status.

These measures align with the federal government’s ongoing commitment to supporting Afghan nationals who collaborated with the United States in Afghanistan. As Afghan individuals seek safe resettlement in the United States, USCIS aims to streamline and enhance their immigration process, particularly for minors facing unique challenges.


Source: USCIS