Join ILSAA’s Legal Services Provider Network
The Immigration Legal Services for Afghan Arrivals (ILSAA) Legal Services Provider (LSP) network is made up of attorneys, paralegals, and other LSPs who are dedicated to supporting Eligible Afghan Arrivals (EAAs) across the country.
Legal services can include supporting pathways to permanent residency, such as obtaining asylum status and Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) status, family reunification, and more.
After joining ILSAA’s provider network, attorneys and their teams can access:
- Federal funding for providing immigration legal services
- A virtual peer networking hub and live events for sharing knowledge, resources, and promising practices. The hub connects experts and peers to solve problems, exchange solutions, and improve practice in real time
- A customized learning pathway for building knowledge and skills through trainings, e-learnings, and other resources
To join ILSAA’s provider network, email ILSAAinfo@icf.com with your name, phone number, and a request to join. ILSAA will review your qualifications and uncover training needs. After becoming a member, ILSAA may refer cases to you and match you with EAAs needing services.
Refer a Case to ILSAA
Our network of qualified immigration LSPs is currently accepting case referrals from other organizations and providers. Contact us to refer an EAA’s immigration case.
Access Legal Resources
Attorneys and their teams can use the information and tools provided in this curated list of resources below to enhance their immigration legal services for EAAs.
Other government entities and nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting Afghan newcomers also provide helpful resources, trainings, and tools for immigration LSPs, including Switchboard, USA Hello, VECINA, and Welcome Legal Alliance.
ORR: Afghan Assistance Resources Learn about resources released by different federal agencies to support Afghans, including resettlement services, public benefits, healthcare, employment, family reunification, and immigration legal services. Additionally, discover opportunities for the public to support Afghan arrivals.
Congressional Research Service: Afghan Eligibility for Selected Benefits Based on Immigration Status: In Brief Gain a better understanding of eligibility for select public benefits based on a variety of immigration categories by reading this in-brief report.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): Information for Afghan Nationals (دری) (پښتو) Read an overview of legal permanent solutions, gain information about employment authorization, learn about humanitarian parole, and more.
USCIS: Filing Guidance Discover filing locations, checklists, and other resources to help you understand USCIS forms and filing requirements.
USCIS Forms Search the most up to date USCIS forms to file immigration applications.
USCIS: Afghan Operation Allies Welcome (OAW) Parolee Asylum-Related Frequently Asked Questions (دری) (پښتو) Learn about asylum, including how to apply, who can be included on a claim, interview tips and how to find out the status of a case on this FAQ page.
VECINA: Asylum Interview Preparation for Afghan Parolees (online course) Both attorney and nonattorney volunteers can learn how to prepare Afghan asylum seekers for their interviews in this course.
VECINA: Introduction to Affirmative Asylum for Afghans (online course) Take this training if you are an attorney interested in handling an Afghan affirmative asylum case pro bono through the Welcome Legal Alliance.
VECINA: Representing Afghan Nationals in Affirmative Asylum Proceedings (online course) Receive training on affirmative asylum representation for Afghans after the U.S. withdrawal in August 2021 in this online course. Learn the legal basis for asylum, how to prepare a client for the asylum interview, and what to file in an affirmative application.
HIAS and American Bar Association (ABA): Asylum Toolkit (PDF) Discover information and tools pro bono attorneys can use to represent pro se Afghan asylum applicants.
Human Rights First: Asylum Law Dropbox Gain access to a legal expert database, asylum law information, and instructions on how to prepare the I-589 and supporting documentation.
Behaviors, Customary Beliefs, and Material Traits
Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE): Afghan Backgrounder (PDF) Read this publication for historical, political, and cultural information intended to cultivate a general understanding of Afghans who are arriving to the U.S.
Switchboard: Cultural & Practical Considerations for Working with Afghan Clients (webinar series) Enhance your understanding of Afghan culture while navigating different cultural topics. Learn key social and cultural aspects that distinguish this population from other U.S. refugee groups.
U.S. Department of State: Family Reunification for Afghans Learn about different immigration options for family reunification.
Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC): Frequently Asked Questions: Family Reunification Options for Afghans (PDF) Read an overview of both the traditional immigration pathways, as well as the new avenues for refugee processing and family reunification available to Afghan evacuees.
CLINIC: Protections for Surviving Afghan Relatives Under the SIV Program Learn more about the process for continuing the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program for relatives following the death of the principal applicant.
U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs: Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) for Afghans Review the latest important notices, including petition changes and program updates, from the Department of State. Access DS-157 instructions and FAQs on DS-260.
U.S. Department of State: Refugee Admissions Program Priority 2 (P-2) Designation for Afghan Nationals Read an overview of the Department of State’s Priority (P-2) designation granting U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) access for certain Afghan nationals and their eligible family members.
VECINA: SIV for Afghans (online course) Enroll in this course to gain an overview of the SIV program, The Chief of Mission (COM) Process, and the I-360 process.
CLINIC: Age-Out Rules for Afghan SIV Derivative Children (PDF) Learn about the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) and how it applies to Afghan SIV applicants under changes to the SIV petition process.
CLINIC: Protections for Surviving Afghan Relatives Under the SIV Program Discover the process for continuing the SIV program for relatives following the death of the principal applicant in this resource.
Refugee Processing Center (RPC): SIV Program for Afghan and Iraqi Nationals (PDF) (دری) (پښتو) Read an FAQ about resettlement benefits for Afghan recipients of SIVs.
USCIS: Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Designated Country: Afghanistan Learn when to file for TPS, where to file, how to avoid scams, and other immigration options.
VECINA: TPS (online course) Volunteer lawyers can gain an understanding of how to provide legal assistance to those requesting TPS, including an overview of TPS, bars to TPS, how to apply, and tips for filing by mail and online in this course.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) Announce Exemptions Allowing Eligible Afghans to Qualify for Protection and Immigration Benefits (press release) Read about DHS and DOS’s allowance of immigration benefits for vulnerable Afghans who have supported and worked with the United States in Afghanistan.
Human Rights First’s Project: Afghan Legal Assistance (PALA): TRIG and Exemptions for Afghans (webinar) This webinar covers the DHS and DOS announcement around exemptions to the TRIG that can benefit vulnerable Afghans who have supported and worked with the United States in Afghanistan.