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FEE EXEMPTIONS AND STREAMLINING PROCESS FOR AFGHAN NATIONALS AS THEY RESETTLE IN THE UNITED STATES

In continuation to our articles on “US Congress Extends Aid to Afghan Nationals at Risk: Operation Allies Welcome”, published on October 06, 2021 (Link: http://www.ahluwalialaw.com/us-congress-extends-aid-to-afghan-nationals-at-risk-operation-allies-welcome/); “Humanitarian Parole (I-131) For Afghan Nationals”, published on September 10, 2021 (Link: http://www.ahluwalialaw.com/humanitarian-parole-i-131-for-afghan-nationals/); and “Countries that Afghan Nationals Can Enter With or Without a Visa/E-Visa”, published on September 22, 2021 (Link: http://www.ahluwalialaw.com/countries-that-afghan-nationals-can-enter-with-or-without-a-visa-e-visa/), we would like to provide following updates to the Afghan community based on a recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcement dated 11/08/2021:

  1. DHS will exempt filing fees for initial Form I-765, application for employment authorization, Form I-485 & associated bio-metric services and streamline application processing for Afghan nationals who were paroled into the United States for humanitarian reasons on or after July 30, 2021.
  2. Parolees may apply for work authorization using Form I-765 (Category (c) (11)), Application for Employment Authorization, on the basis of their parole. Afghan nationals will also have the opportunity to apply for immigration benefits such as Afghan special immigrant status, lawful permanent residence, and asylum.

We will regularly update the blog as soon as any new information is available.

Disclaimer

This article aims to provide new information concerning afghan nationals. This article, under no circumstances, acts as legal advice; therefore, for any immigration questions, please contact your Attorney or the Ahluwalia Law Offices, P.C. (Team ALO).

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