Afghanistan Resource Guide

Thank you for contacting Senator Warner’s office about the situation in Afghanistan. 

On August 31, 2021, the U.S. State Department suspended its diplomatic presence in Kabul. All consular services were suspended indefinitely. However, the agency continues to assist both Americans and Afghan nationals at risk. 

Individuals seeking information should review the following guidelines: 

U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents still in Afghanistan: 

  • U.S. citizens who are in Afghanistan can email their complete biographic details and contact information (full name, email, phone number, and U.S. Passport number) to AfghanistanACS@state.gov. In addition, these individuals may contact the Consular Affairs Afghanistan Call Center 833-741-2777 or 606-260-4379. They can also stay informed by checking the Embassy web pageState.GovFacebook and Twitter.
  • U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents may enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates and ensure they can be located in an emergency, and should make contingency plans to leave when it is safe to do so that do not rely on U.S. government assistance. 

Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) pending applications:

  • The U.S. State Department continues to prioritize SIV applications at every stage of the SIV process. After the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved the applicant’s petition and the applicant becomes eligible for an interview, applicants should notify the National Visa Center (NVC) at this NVC if they are able to travel to another immigrant visa processing post outside of Afghanistan (search here).  The NVC will then assist the applicant to transfer their case to that location for an interview.  If the SIV applicant is currently outside of Afghanistan, they should contact the National Visa Center at this link to have their case transferred to an U.S. Embassy or Consulate of the applicant’s choice that has an immigrant visa processing unit.  
  • If the applicant has questions about their SIV interview, they should contact NVC at https://nvc.state.gov/inquiry or the U.S. Embassy or Consulate outside of Afghanistan nearest to them.
  • Afghan nationals who are eligible for the SIV program and who have not yet done so, are encouraged to submit an application package to NVC (AfghanSIVapplication@state.gov).
  • Please refer to Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans – Who Were Employed by/on Behalf of the U.S. Government (state.gov) for more information regarding the SIV process.

Afghan Nationals at Risk (with no pending visa applications or Refugee status):

  • Afghans who are applying for a non-SIV immigrant visa and are able to travel to another immigrant visa processing post should use this link to request a case transfer. 
  • Afghans who would like to apply for a non-immigrant visa should follow the instructions found at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html.
  • Afghans who do not qualify for SIV may be eligible for priority referrals to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP).  Information on the Priority-2 designation for access to the USRAP is available at state.gov/refugee-admissions/.
  • Information for Afghan nationals regarding the P-2 designation and instructions for U.S.-based media and U.S. NGOs to submit P-2 referrals are available at www.wrapsnet.org.
  • For additional questions related to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, please contact USRAPAfghanInquiries@state.gov.

Immigrant Visa Applications for a Relative (pending applications or outside of Afghanistan):

  • Consular services remain available outside Afghanistan. To check the status of a pending immigrant visa application, please locate the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate here or contact the National Visa Center.
  • Individuals who would like to expedite Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) should email their request directly to the agency at HumanitarianParole@uscis.Dhs.gov.
  • Immigrant visa applicants should continue monitoring official U.S. Government websites, including travel.state.gov, for updated information.

For more information, please visit https://www.state.gov/afghanistan-inquiries/.

If you are contacting our office regarding a US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident in Afghanistan, or an individual with a pending visa application with the State Department, we ask that you please complete the form below and submit all information, including names, contact information, passport numbers and relevant case numbers to my office. Our office will flag your request for the agency. All other individuals should follow guidance as outlined above.

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