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Afghan Asylum

After the chaotic and rushed withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan, Operation Allies Welcome evacuated over 84,000 Afghan nationals into the United States. More than 350 resettlement agencies and community partner organizations have resettled these tens of thousands of Afghans into communities across the United States. By some estimates, close to half of resettled Afghans may have to apply for asylum. These resources will assist attorneys representing Afghan nationals in asylum proceedings.


Timeline for Afghan Affirmative Asylum Cases

Immigration Justice Campaign
This nuts and bolts week-by-week guide will walk you through all of the steps and procedures involved in handling an affirmative Afghan asylum case.



Pitfalls in Asylum Cases

Immigration Justice Campaign

A must-read for anyone working on asylum cases, this guide summarizes the major bars to asylum.


Terrorism and Persecutor Bar Explainer for Afghan Asylum Seekers

National Immigrant Justice Center

This practice guide provides a high level overview of terrorism and persecutor bar issues that may arise in the representation of Afghan asylum seekers.


Sample Afghan Brief for the Asylum Office


A redacted, sample brief for an Afghan translator before the Asylum Office.

Resource list


Sample Declaration

Immigration Justice Campaign & Vecina

A sample client declaration with detailed annotations that guide you through how to write a client declaration.


Sample I-589 for an Afghan Case


A sample, completed I-589 (for a fictional client) with detailed annotations that guide you through best practices for filling out the form.


Webinar: Cultural Humility and How It Applies to Lawyers Working with Afghan Clients

HIAS and the American Bar Association

This webinar provides excellent advice and cultural background for lawyers working with Afghan clients. Please note that the volume starts at approximately 2 minutes into the recording.


Webinar: Understanding the Afghan Refugee Crisis

Human Rights First

This webinar, presented by Human Rights First and historian Dr. Robert D. Crews, provides a primer on Afghan society, politics, and recent history for lawyers working on Afghan asylum cases.


Webinar: Asylum for Afghans 201: Bars to Asylum and Common Concerns

HIAS & the American Bar Association

This advanced asylum training addresses issues that commonly arise in asylum cases filed by members of the Afghan community, including bars to asylum that may be relevant for Afghans who lived under Taliban rule, as well as other terrorism-related concerns.

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