Afghan Nationals Now Granted Priority 2 Designation In US Refugee Admissions Program
The US Department of State has designated a US Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) Priority 2 (P-2) designation for certain Afghan nationals and their eligible family members. The objective of this designation is to provide certain Afghan nationals who worked with the US an opportunity for refugee resettlement in light of the Taliban violence. This would allow thousands of Afghans and their family members to permanently resettle in the United States.
The individuals eligible for this program are:
- Afghans who do not meet the minimum time in service for a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) but who work or worked as employees of contractors, locally employed staff, interpreters/translators for the US Government, US Forces Afghanistan, International Security Assistance Force, or Resolute Support;
- Afghans who work or worked for a US government funded program or project in Afghanistan supported through a US government grant or cooperative agreement;
- Afghans who are or were employed in Afghanistan by a US based media organization or non governmental organization.
The eligible family members include spouses and children of any age whether married or unmarried. Eligible Afghan nationals can be referred to this program by a US government agency.