USCIS continues fee exemptions for Afghan nationals

Washington: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) September 29 announced it is extending and expanding previously announced filing fee exemptions and expedited application processing for certain Afghan nationals.

These actions will help Afghan nationals resettle, and in many cases, reunite with family in the United States by enabling USCIS to more quickly process their requests for employment authorization and/or Employment Authorization Documents (EADs), long-term status, status for immediate relatives, and associated services. We encourage you to use the web pages below to learn more about the eligibility details for each type of filing you may wish to pursue.

Certain Afghan nationals are eligible for the following fee exemptions and expedited processing, through Sept. 30, 2024:

Fee Exemptions

  • Re-parole applications and requests to renew employment authorization and/or Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) filed on Form I-131, Application for Travel Document;
  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, for an initial or replacement EAD for Afghan nationals who are applying on the basis of being paroled into the United States under INA 212(d)(5) (eligibility category (c)(11));
  • Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, filed by Afghan nationals seeking to adjust status to that of a lawful permanent resident based on Afghan special immigrant classification;
  • Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, filed with USCIS from inside the United States on behalf of any Afghan national with an immigrant visa immediately available;
  • Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility, filed by any Afghan national with an associated Form I-485;
  • Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition, for an Afghan special immigrant visa holder; and USCIS Immigrant Fee for Afghan nationals.
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