Request Free Immigration Legal Services
Many Afghan individuals and families are facing legal challenges that could significantly impact their ability to live permanently and securely in the United States.
Navigating these legal issues without adequate support can be complex and confusing. We can help.
Immigration Legal Services for Afghan Arrivals (ILSAA) attorneys and their teams provide free immigration legal services for Eligible Afghan Arrivals (EAAs), including support for pathways to permanent residency, such as obtaining asylum status and Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) status, family reunification and more. Services are available in all of the languages spoken in Afghanistan, including Dari and Pashto.
Who is an EAA? You are considered an EAA if you are an Afghan humanitarian parolee, an unaccompanied Afghan minor, or other Afghan with eligible status as defined in ORR Policy Letter 22-01. At this time, ILSAA cannot provide legal assistance to Afghans who are outside of the United States.
How to request legal services:
- Email ILSAAinfo@icf.com with your name, phone number, and primary language preference to identify translation needs
- An ILSAA team member will respond within two business days and help determine your eligibility
- If you are eligible, ILSAA will match you with a qualified Legal Service Provider (LSP) who meets your needs
Access Resources for Afghan Arrivals
This curated resource list includes information on current legal immigration issues and challenges for Afghan newcomers from ILSAA and other federal and non-federal organizations.
Are You Caring for An Afghan Child but Are Not Their Legal Parent? (دری) (پښتو)
Learn the different ways to legally obtain the right to act on behalf of children to obtain services for them.
Department of Homeland Security Announces Re-parole Process for Afghan Arrivals (دری) (پښتو)
A one-page detailed resource on the re-parole process, including updated deadlines, instructional videos, and additional resources.
Listen to a shareable audio message about this resource. (دری) (پښتو)
Frequently Asked Questions on Temporary Protected Status for Afghans (دری) (پښتو)
Learn more about eligibility, benefits, and limitations. Know when and where to apply.
Stay Informed: How to Check Your USCIS Case Status (دری) (پښتو)
You can use the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) case status tool online to receive an update on pending immigration applications or petitions. Receive detailed instructions on how to use the tool.
What to Expect: Filing a Case for Legal Status with ILSAA (دری) (پښتو)
Find out how to engage with the ILSAA team to obtain legal residency in the U.S., from submitting your request, to partnering with a lawyer, and receiving a final decision.
Urgent! Update Your Address with USCIS (دری) (پښتو)
Keeping your address current with the U.S. government is critical to maintaining legal residency in the U.S. Get detailed instructions on how to update your address with USCIS.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):
Afghan Operation Allies Welcome (OAW) Parolee Asylum-Related Frequently Asked Questions (دری) (پښتو)
Find answers to frequently asked questions about asylum.
American Bar Association: Afghan Asylum 101 Videos
Gain a better understanding of the asylum process for Afghans. The videos, produced in November 2021, follow the I-589 Form Application for Asylum under "Operation Allies Welcome."
USAHello: Immigration Information for Afghan Nationals (دری) (پښتو)
Explore the immigration, benefits, and social services available for Afghan nationals.
USAHello: Temporary Protected Status (دری) (پښتو)
Find out who can apply and how to apply for temporary protected status (TPS). Find help and get information on work and travel permits, and other protections under TPS.
VECINA: Afghan Asylum Seekers Interview Preparation (online course) (دری) (پښتو)
Learn about the purpose of the asylum interview, who is an asylum officer, what is an asylum office, who should come to the interview, interpretation services, and questions that will be asked.