USCIS Continues Fee Exemptions and Expedited Processing for Afghan Nationals
Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it is extending and expanding previously announced filing fee exemptions and expedited application processing for certain Afghan nationals. These actions will help Afghan nationals resettle, and in many cases, reunite with family in the United States by enabling USCIS to more quickly process their requests for employment authorization and/or Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), long-term status, status for immediate relatives, and associated services. We encourage you to use the webpages below to learn more about the eligibility details for each type of filing you may wish to pursue.
Certain Afghan nationals are eligible for the following fee exemptions and expedited processing, through Sept. 30, 2024:
- Re-parole applications and requests to renew employment authorization and/or Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) filed on Form I-131, Application for Travel Document;
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, for an initial or replacement EAD for Afghan nationals who are applying on the basis of being paroled into the United States under INA 212(d)(5) (eligibility category (c)(11));
- Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, filed by Afghan nationals seeking to adjust status to that of a lawful permanent resident based on Afghan special immigrant classification;
- Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, filed with USCIS from inside the United States on behalf of any Afghan national with an immigrant visa immediately available;
- Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, filed by any Afghan national with an associated Form I-485;
- Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition, for an Afghan special immigrant visa holder; and
- USCIS Immigrant Fee for Afghan nationals.
- Re-parole applications and requests to renew employment authorization and/or EADs filed on Form I-131;
- Form I-765 for those applying for initial or replacement EADs on the basis of parole (eligibility category (c)(11));
- Form I-485 for Afghan nationals seeking to adjust status on the basis of Afghan special immigrant classification, and any associated Form I-601;
- Form I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal, filed by certain Afghan parolees as described in Section 2502(a) of the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act;
- Form I-130, filed with USCIS in the United States on behalf of an Afghan national (beneficiary) with a visa immediately available, and any associated Form I-601; and
- Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, filed with USCIS on behalf of an Afghan national (beneficiary) with a visa immediately available.
The Information for Afghan Nationals page has additional information for Afghans.