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Afghanistan inquiries: Resources for U.S. citizens and Afghans at risk

Update on Repatriation for U.S. Citizens in Afghanistan and Resettlement for Afghans

The State Department has issued the following guidance:

Because of potential security threats outside the gates at the Kabul airport, the State Department is advising U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and to avoid airport gates at this time unless you receive individual instructions from a U.S. government representative to do so.  Do not call the U.S. Embassy in Kabul for details or updates about the flight. Please note that gates may change on a daily basis and that the U.S. Embassy will provide updates as necessary via email.  The United States Government cannot ensure safe passage to the airport. 

For U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents:

  • U.S. citizens seeking assistance to depart Afghanistan should utilize this link: Repatriation Assistance Request  or in an emergency, call 1-888-407-4747 (U.S. Canada) or +1-202-501-4444 (overseas).  Legal permanent residents (LPRs) and spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens in Afghanistan who are awaiting immigrant visas should also complete this form.   Only one form per family is required.  The State Department will notify you by email as soon as departure options become available. Please do not head to the airport unless you have been notified by the U.S. Embassy to do so.

Non-U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent Residents:

  • The United States is also taking every available measure to assist Afghans who are at risk, particularly those who worked for or with the United States or have supported international efforts, and has established mechanisms to help Afghans at risk receive protection from potential retaliation or harm.
  • The two key mechanisms to support Afghans who are at risk because of their affiliation with the United States are the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program and priority referrals to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP).

Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Applicants:

U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP):

  • On August 2, the Department of State announced a Priority 2 (P-2) designation granting USRAP access for certain Afghan nationals and their eligible family members (spouse and children of any age).  Afghans eligible for the P-2 program include those who work/worked for the U.S. government but may not qualify for a SIV because they do not have qualifying employment, those who work/worked on U.S. government-funded programs or projects, and those who worked for U.S.-based NGOs and media organizations.   At this time, the United States has determined that U.S.-based media organizations may refer Afghan nationals who worked for them under stringer, freelance, and comparable arrangements. Note: For Afghans who worked for programs or projects funded directly by the U.S. government, a U.S. government official must submit a referral on their behalf.
  • Additional information on the P-2 designation for access to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program is available at www.state.gov/refugee-admissions/.  Information for Afghan nationals regarding the P-2 designation and instructions for U.S.-based media and U.S. NGOs to submit P-2 referrals are available at www.wrapsnet.org .
  • For additional questions related to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, please contact USRAPAfghanInquiries@state.gov.

UNHCR and Assistance:

  • Individuals who believe they are being persecuted or who fear persecution in their own country and have managed to flee to another country should follow procedures to seek asylum with local/national authorities.  Such individuals can also seek assistance from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  UNHCR’s immediate focus is to ensure that Afghans who are seeking safety can reach it, including across borders and into neighboring countries if needed and that they can receive assistance to meet basic needs.