In a recent announcement, USCIS has introduced a case-by-case extension of the initial parole period for specific Afghan nationals. This extension, granting an additional two years, is applicable to individuals who meet the following criteria:
- They were paroled into the United States between July 30, 2021, and Sept. 30, 2022, with an OAR or PAR class of admission.
- They were under 14 years old as of Sept. 26, 2023.
- As of Sept. 26, 2023, they have not 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).
These extensions are particularly important due to the age of the individuals involved. Many of these minors may be in the United States without a parent or legal guardian, which could limit their ability to navigate the complex immigration system effectively. Failure to maintain parole could result in the loss of essential benefits, as well as legal status for potential adjustment to lawful permanent resident status in the future.
This initiative reflects the ongoing commitment of the federal government to support Afghan nationals who collaborated with the United States in Afghanistan as they continue their efforts to find secure resettlement in the United States.