Around 28,000 Afghans Are Still Awaiting Approval To Come to the U.S. on Urgent Humanitarian Grounds

After August 2021’s fall to Taliban rule, the U.S. launched a major offensive. Make an effortEvacuate vulnerable Afghansparticularly those who had assisted U.S. troops during America’s 20-year war there—to safety. While thousands of Afghans have made it to safety, there are many still. StrandedIn Afghanistan Third countries.

People seeking to escape Afghanistan are not eligible for U.S. military service in Afghanistan. Instead, women and girls and journalists and judges must look to the little-used U.S. immigration tool “Humanitarian parole.”

This measures The following are some of the highlightsThe Immigration and Nationality Law allows some individuals to temporarily enter the U.S. under the control of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.Important public benefit or urgent humanitarian reasons.” It is not possible to define who qualifies for parole. Anyone may be eligible. ApplyFor it.

Although humanitarian parole is faster for applicants, robust screening still applies. AfghansThat has required biometric screenings as well as cross-checking with watchlists of intelligence agencies and additional security and identity verification procedures. High ranking government officials are required to comply with these requirements. ApproveIndividual applications

More than 28,000 Afghans are now in Afghanistan since July. ApplyFor humanitarian reasons, entry into the U.S. is permitted. The Biden administration apparently PlanTo evacuate as many Afghans as possible, you can use parole. However, only 100 of the applicants were approved. ApprouvéBis now.

This is due in large part to the fact that this year’s applications volume is much larger than last. 2,000USCIS receives approximately one million parole applications per year. Also, staffing problems are a concern. Victoria Palmer spokeswoman for the USCIS and stated that 44 more staff were trained by the agency to address the surge in applications. Reports Al Jazeera. “In mid-October the agency only had six employees assigned to the program.”

Danilo Zak of the National Immigration Forum says that USCIS has a large staff shortage. “There should be a lot more people in this office adjudicating these claims….Normally, they try to get 90 percent of these humanitarian parole applications adjudicated within 90 days, but to me that’s too long in the first place.”

The 90-day sentence for humanitarian parole recipients who are most vulnerable could mean the difference between life and death. There have been numerous reports about militants since Taliban control over Afghanistan was regained. Killing a pregnant female police officer, Massacring people of ethnic minority groupsPlease see the following: Journalists are violently attacked

USCIS is there to help Afghans, despite the risk. SaysIt is prioritizing parole applications from Afghan citizens living outside Afghanistan. Since the U.S Embassy in Kabul, processing parole applications in Afghanistan is virtually impossible Activities suspendedThis year, August 31, 2018. USCIS determines whether applicants qualify for parole if they are eligible. SaysThey must organize their own travel to Afghanistan from a country with a U.S. consulate or embassy.

Applying for parole carries a steep $575 filing charge as well—and an application is no guarantee of protection. The USCIS offers ReceivedAl Jazeera estimates that Afghans received approximately $11.5million in the past three months. But, few Afghan applications have been approved in this period.

Zak says, “We must be creating more efficient processing systems.” “These people are most in imminent danger. We adjudicate.”

This is not a new way to use parole. “Parole has also been used—repeatedly and to great effect—to facilitate the evacuations of allies and others at risk following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from war-torn regions,” Write Zak. It was utilized in Operation New Life, 1975. GrantFollowing the U.S. pullout from Vietnam, 130,000 were granted entry. Parole was granted later, in Operation Iraqi Freedom 1996. Help 6,600 evacuees. There were 6,600 people evacued. Vetting and ProcessingBefore arriving on the American mainland,

Zak states that “there are some things I believe the administration should have done” and is still able to do more. The first is to continue to increase resources for the USCIS humanitarian assistance branch, and ensure that there are enough workers to efficiently process these requests. Zak also believes USCIS should abolish the ridiculous application fee Afghans are required to pay. “Without even guarantee of protection,” Zak said. USCIS should remove the requirement for applicants to have a sponsor financial in the United States.

Zak states, “Parole is, for many reason, not the ideal humanitarian protection path.” The benefits it provides upon arriving in the U.S. are not the same. The pathway does not lead to permanent status. The eligibility criteria are very limited and highly discretionary.

However, this is an extremely useful tool. This visa is faster and more inclusive than other visas for Afghans.

Joe Biden spoke out to mark the conclusion of America’s twenty-year war on Afghanistan. He said that he would continue to support more refugees from the country. That promise is not going to be kept unless immigration officials can swiftly and efficiently process vulnerable Afghans trapped under Taliban control.