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Guide: Benefits for Afghan and Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Holders or SQ/SI Parolees

Author(s): Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
Date: September 1, 2021
Topic(s): Case Management
Subtopic(s): Program Eligibility
This information guide answers frequently asked questions about eligibility of Afghan and Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Holders or SQ/SI Parolees for various services. These services include ORR services, where to sign up, and details on specific benefits. 

Tip Sheet: Parole and Beyond for Afghan Nationals

Author(s): Pars Equality Center
Date: August 30, 2021
Topic(s): Immigration Legal Needs
Subtopic(s): Humanitarian Parole
Humanitarian parole is a temporary discretionary authorization to enter the United States that can be granted based on humanitarian or significant public benefit reasons. On August 26, 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published guidance for Afghan nationals seeking parole into the United States. This document describes the legal options and rights/responsibilities for …

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Blog Post: Supporting Clients and Staff Affected by the Crisis in Afghanistan

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: August 27, 2021
Topic(s): Case Management
Many refugee service providers are asking how to best support clients from Afghanistan during this time of crisis. This blog post includes a few tips that may be helpful to program staff and leaders as they seek to care for clients and staff affected by the situation in Afghanistan.
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Blog Post: A Round-up of Resources for Serving Afghan Evacuees

Author(s): Switchboard
Date: August 23, 2021
Topic(s): Case Management, Immigration Legal Needs, Safety
In July 2021, the U.S. government initiated Operation Allies Refuge to quickly admit and resettle individuals from and in Afghanistan who have worked for, or on behalf of, the U.S. government. The resettlement network is working to support Afghan evacuees by providing available benefits and services, including those funded by ORR. This blog post lists resources you may find helpful in serving these clients, including resources in Dari and Pashto.

Guide: Eligibility Documentation for Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Holders or SQ/SI Parolees from Afghanistan and Iraq

Author(s): Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
Date: August 11, 2021
Topic(s): Case Management, Immigration Legal Needs
Subtopic(s): Case Documentation, Program Eligibility
Afghan or Iraqi nationals granted a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) or Special Immigrant (SQ or SI) Parole by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for service to the U.S. government are eligible for ORR benefits. This guide lists acceptable documents for relatives of SIV holders , SQ or SI parolees. 

Guide: All About Parole

Author(s): CLINIC
Date: August 3, 2021
Topic(s): Immigration Legal Needs
Subtopic(s): Humanitarian Parole
Parole is a vehicle through which an applicant receives permission to enter or remain in the United States without being granted formal admission. This practice advisory provides an overview of parole, including which agencies can grant it, what factors the adjudicator may consider when deciding whether to grant parole, and what benefits a parolee enjoys, …

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Guide: A Handbook for Teaching English to Afghan Women Refugees

Author(s): University of San Francisco
Date: May 18, 2018
Topic(s): Adult Education
This handbook, authored by Deborah de Lambery, seeks to train volunteer mentors who work with Afghan women refugees. The handbook provides an overview of the historical and cultural background of Afghanistan so that the volunteers know more about the women with whom they are working. It also provides information about the incidence and impact of …

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Video: SIV Stories: Starting Anew in the United States – Working with Your Resettlement Agency

Author(s): Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE)
Date: September 16, 2016
Topic(s): Case Management
This video is part of a four-video series focusing on the experiences of Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders that resettled to the United States. In this video, we meet Razan Osman, the resettlement manager at a resettlement affiliate. She provides insights on assistance and basic services of the Resettlement Agency, describing in detail what is …

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Video: SIV Stories: Starting Anew in the United States – Ahmad and Friends

Author(s): Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE)
Date: August 4, 2016
Topic(s): Case Management, Community Engagement, Employment
This video is part of a four-video series focusing on the experiences of Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders that resettled to the United States. Ahmad arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina without any existing ties in the U.S. He now works two jobs to provide for his family and played a key role in creating a …

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Video: SIV Stories: Starting Anew in the United States – Jalal and Family

Author(s): Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange (CORE)
Date: May 5, 2016
Topic(s): Case Management, Employment
This video is part of a four-video series focusing on the experiences of Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders that resettled to the United States. Jalal arrived in Richmond nine months ago in order to give his young family a safe and secure life. Jalal had worked as a translator, English and computer instructor, and deputy …

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