State Department launches new parolee form for Afghan family reunification

13 Jan 23

UNITED STATES

The U.S. State Department launched a form yesterday for Afghan parolees to file to seek family reunification.

Key Points:

  • Afghan parolees can now file the “Family Reunification Assistance for Afghan Parolees’ Immediate Family Members Outside the United States” form, Form DS-4317, to seek family reunification, including those who were granted Temporary Protected Status.
  • Form DS-4317 is located on the Family Reunification page, a new section of the Department’s Afghanistan Inquiries page, which directs individuals seeking reunification to available pathways.
  • Reunification procedures will depend on an individual’s immigration status or method of entry to the United States.

Additional Information: Afghan nationals can check this website, the U.S. Mission to Afghanistan website or the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website for information on how they can seek reunification.

BAL Analysis: The State Department launched the Afghan family reunification page to help Afghan families that are still separated and seeking reunification. Parolees should review the requirements listed on Form DS-4317 before filing to seek family reunification. BAL will continue to follow developments specifically affecting Afghan nationals and will provide updates as information becomes available.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice Group. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@bal.com.

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