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US Congress Extends Aid to Afghan Nationals at Risk: Operation Allies Welcome

The House recently passed an FY 2022 Continuing Resolution to Fund Government Until December 03, 2021. President Biden signed it into law on September 30, 2021. The legislation provides aid to Afghan Nationals at Risk by allocating $6.3 billion. The legislation provides for the following:

  1. The legislation authorizes Afghans who are paroled and are arriving between July 31, 2021, and September 30, 2022, or after September 30, 2022, and either the spouse or child of such a parolee or the parent or legal guardian of an unaccompanied child paroled during that period to receive the same services as refugees. This includes services like reception, placement, food assistance, healthcare, emergency housing, English language classes, job training and case management. The Afghans will also be eligible for driver’s license or identification card under Section 202 of the REAL ID Act of 2005.
  2. The legislation allocates additional $1.68 billion to the federal government to assist Afghans arriving with humanitarian parole in order to provide them the same services as refugees.
  3. The legislation also allocates an additional $2.2 billion to the State Department’s humanitarian assistance account and $193 million to USCIS related to Operation Allies Welcome.
  4. The legislation allocates $21.5 million for medical and public health related activities relating to Afghan arrivals and refugees.
  5. The legislation also requires DHS to conduct the initial interview on the asylum application no later than 45 days after the date on which the application is filed and, in the absence of exceptional circumstances, issue a final administrative adjudication on the asylum application within 150 days after the date the application is filed.

Please note, in the past we have published article on “Humanitarian Parole (I-131) For Afghan Nationals”, published on September 10, 2021 (Link: https://www.ahluwalialaw.com/humanitarian-parole-i-131-for-afghan-nationals/); “Countries that Afghan Nationals Can Enter With or Without a Visa/E-Visa”, published on September 22, 2021 (Link: https://www.ahluwalialaw.com/countries-that-afghan-nationals-can-enter-with-or-without-a-visa-e-visa/); and “Recent Updates Relating to Humanitarian Parole (I-131) For Afghanistan Nationals”, published on September 29, 2021 (Link: https://www.ahluwalialaw.com/recent-updates-relating-to-humanitarian-parole-i-131-for-afghanistan-nationals/).

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

Disclaimer

This article aims to provide new information concerning humanitarian parole for afghan nationals and operation allies welcome. 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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