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Two and a half years ago, the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan separated countless Afghan families. Amid a rapid and frenetic evacuation effort, thousands of Afghans boarded planes leaving the Kabul airport—but untold spouses, children, parents, siblings, and other loved ones were left behind.

In the months and years since, Afghan parolees have gradually received more permanent relief in the United States, such as grants of asylums or lawful permanent residency through their Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs). But, for many, refuge in the United States has come with heartbreak as their closest family members remain behind in Afghanistan.

This report provides an overview of family reunification options for Afghan nationals in the United States. It concludes with policy recommendations to improve family-based immigration for Afghans seeking to reunite with family members outside the United States, particularly those in Afghanistan.

This brief is part of a larger forthcoming report on Afghan family reunification.


Click here to read the report.


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