Family members of Afghans who are outside of the United States may request parole into the United States based on urgent humanitarian or significant public benefit reasons for a temporary period, on a case-by-case basis. If USCIS conditionally approves parole, the U.S. government will contact the beneficiary with further instructions and is working to assist individuals residing in Afghanistan to depart the country.
Conditional approval of parole and the issuance of a travel document does not guarantee parole. A Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer will inspect the parole beneficiary’s travel documents upon arrival in the United States and issue an electronic Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, if parole is authorized. Parole is not a legal immigration status and does not provide a path to legal immigration status. The beneficiary must take additional steps to ensure they remain legally present in the United States after their authorized period of parole has ended. Failure to maintain lawful presence throughout the parolee’s entire stay in the U.S. can have serious immigration consequences.