U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USICS) will hold a webinar next week on “Operation Allies Welcome” (OAW) and ongoing immigration support available to Afghan nationals.

Key Points:

  • The webinar will be held on Sept. 1 from 3 to 4 p.m. EST.
  • USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou will give opening remarks on the work in support of OAW, and USCIS officials will provide more information regarding immigration pathways available to Afghan nationals in the U.S.
  • To register for the webinar, visit the USCIS public engagement page.
  • Once registered, individuals will receive a confirmation email with additional details, including how to submit questions in advance by Aug. 23.

Additional Information: President Joe Biden announced the creation of “Operation Allies Welcome” on Aug. 29, 2021, framing it as a key part of the U.S.’s efforts to support vulnerable Afghans. Since OAW’s creation, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has led the effort to help Afghan nationals, including those who worked alongside the U.S. in Afghanistan for the past two decades, to immigrate to the U.S. legally. Recent reporting indicates that the Biden administration is developing a portal to streamline the reunification process for Afghans and their families left behind in Afghanistan. BAL 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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