Over two years after the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan in the summer of 2021, there are still Afghans with ongoing U.S. immigration processes stuck abroad. After the Taliban took control of the national government in Afghanistan and the U.S. Embassy in Kabul closed, many Afghans fled to Pakistan. But now, Pakistan’s Ministry of Interior has begun a process to deport Afghans living in Pakistan en masse.
For many applicants with pending processes, the U.S. Department of State has issued letters to show Pakistani officials indicating that they have a pending process and require further access to the U.S. consular services in Pakistan. However, not all applicants have received such letters.
The #AfghanEvac Coalition, a self-organized group of Afghans, veterans, and civilians, has issued the following guidance for the family members of Afghans at threat of deportation from Pakistan:
We are aware of reports of increased checks on Afghans, so we advise that Afghans in Pakistan keep documents in their possession in case they are stopped. Keep both digital and physical copies, and keep the physical copies in a separate location than the original documents.
State Department has established a hotline for Afghans in these circumstances to call. The number is +1 757-916-4100. Days/Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00pm – 3:00pm ET (next day) =Monday-Saturday 8:00am – 12:00am ISL (next day). State is working to add WhatsApp and possibly extend to 24/7 coverage, but both of those items are still outstanding.
For additional possible assistance, view the full #AfghanEvac FAQ here: https://resources.humanrightsfirst.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/AfghanEvac-FAQ.pdf.
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