The Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will exempt fees for re-parole and work authorization renewals for certain Afghan nationals.

Key Points:

  • Afghan parolees who have not yet filed for any immigration benefit or who have applied for a temporary benefit can now apply for re-parole and employment authorization through a new streamlined and fee-exempted application.
  • Afghan nationals who were paroled into the United States from July 31, 2021, through June 8, 2023, and have an “OAR” or “PAR” class of admission on their Form I-94 are eligible for the fee exemption from June 8, 2023, through July 31, 2024.
  • Eligible Afghan nationals who applied for re-parole through Form I-131 before June 8, 2023, can submit a new request to receive the fee exemption.
  • More information regarding the re-parole process and step-by-step application instructions is available on this website.

Additional Information: Afghan parolees who have already applied for asylum or lawful permanent resident status do not need to apply for re-parole. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will extend their original employment authorization and send a Form I-797C, Notice of Additional Action, to their last address of record with USCIS.

BAL Analysis: DHS has exempted the fees for re-parole and work authorization renewals to allow qualifying Afghan nationals to continue to live and work in the United States while pursuing a more permanent immigration status. BAL will continue to follow developments specifically affecting Afghan nationals and will provide updates as information becomes available.

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