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Launch of Pre-Parole Program for Certain Afghan Nationals

Beginning June 8, 2023, Afghan nationals paroled into the United States on or after July 31, 2021, with an “OAR” or “PAR” class of admission can now apply for an additional two-year period of parole (“re-parole”) and for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) (“EAD renewal”) without paying a fee. The new streamlined and fee-exempted application process is available only to self-filers through the USCIS online account or by filing a paper application.

Instructions on how to file

Documents needed to file

Applicants must submit at least one government-issued identity document that shows their photo, name, and date of birth. Examples of acceptable documents include:

  • A copy of both sides of an Employment Authorization Document or a driver’s license from the state government where applicant is living
  • A copy of the applicant’s passport, including the biographical page and visas issued from any country
  • A copy of both sides of the applicant’s Tazkira

Benefits of filing online

While applicants can file on paper or online through their account, USCIS notes several advantages to online filing: there, applicants can check the status of your case and access notices sent by USCIScommunicate with USCISupdate your address, and respond to Requests for Evidence.

Dari and Pashto instructions for filing online