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Getachew & Ansari Immigration Attorneys, P.C. proudly serves the Afghan immigrant community in San Jose, anywhere in California, and throughout the world. Whether you have arrived through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) or via another way, we can represent you and help you in immigration proceedings.

Help from an Immigration Lawyer for Afghans

Afghan-Immigration-Lawyer-San-JoseFrom 2010 to 2022, in 12 years, 141,000 Afghan immigrants entered the United States — nearly quadrupling the immigrant population from the country. (Migration Policy Institute) Many of these immigrants are refugees, with conflict driving migration to the United States and other countries.

The United States is committed to helping the Afghan population. However, the immigration process is complex and can be difficult. An experienced Afghan immigration lawyer can help you with everything needed for your situation.

To talk to a San Jose immigration lawyer in the U.S. for Afghans, call or message Getachew & Ansari Immigration Attorneys, P.C.

Legal Help for Afghan Immigrants

Our law firm helps a diverse group of immigrants from around the world.

Here are some ways a lawyer may represent you:

We know the law

Immigration law is complex and constantly changing. We know the laws and the steps to follow, but the rules may change at any time, and we stay current on recent developments.

We advise

You need to know what the law says about your case. Sometimes, there is more than one way to proceed. You need to know what you can do and what you should do. We will learn the details of your situation and look at the possible paths for you and your family. We will advise you and provide legal counsel.

We explain

Choosing immigration is one of the most important and consequential decisions you will ever make. You need to know what to consider. You need to know what to expect. We explain what you need to know and answer your questions.

We advocate

You can have a legal professional representing you. We prepare documents, making sure that everything is complete. We will represent you in the entire process.

Afghan Immigration to the United States – Programs and Ways to Qualify

The United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) is a multi-agency effort involving government and non-government organizations. The program coordinates refugee resettlement, creating policies, shortening processing time, and allowing the United States to serve as a haven for refugees from around the world.

There are three USRAP priorities, allowing refugees of humanitarian concern, including Afghans, to enter the United States:

Afghan Priority-1, P-1, Individual referral

Afghans may be eligible for the P-1 individual referral program, as identified and referred by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the U.S. embassy, or designated non-governmental organizations.

Afghan Priority-2, P-2, Special groups of Concern

Qualified Afghans may resettle in the United States through the Priority-2 program. Eligible family members, including spouses and children of any age, may benefit from the program.

Afghan Priority-3, Family Reunification

If you have family members who entered the United States as refugees, or if they were granted asylum, you may qualify for family reunification. Afghan nationals may participate in the P-3 family reunification program including parents, spouses, and unmarried children under age 21.

Special Immigration Visa for Afghanistan

Afghans who were employed by or on behalf of the United States may qualify for a Special Immigrant Visa under the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009 and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006.

A new process went into place in 2022, using Form DS-157. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 approved additional visas for Afghan applicants through the SIV program.

Family immigration and other immigration programs

In addition to refugee and special immigrant programs that may be especially of interest to the Afghan community, you may qualify for other visa and immigrant programs. These may include family visas and the diversity visa lottery.

As your lawyer, we can evaluate all options that may be available to you.

Forms and Documents for Afghan Immigration

The forms and documents you will use as an Afghan immigrant depend on your situation. Some forms and documents that may be important include:

  • Form I-360: Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er) or Special Immigrant
  • DS-260: Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration
  • DS-157: Petition for Special Immigrant Classification for Afghan SIV Applicants
  • Form I-589: Application for Asylum and Withholding of Removal
  • Form I-485: Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status
  • Form I-131: Application for Travel Document (if your initial parole has expired and you want to request a new parole period).
  • Supporting documents: Including your passport, proof of nationality, birth certificate, proof of service to the United States, if applicable, and background check. Documents not written in English must be officially translated.

All immigration petitions are complex, requiring many forms and documents. While these are some examples, any immigration petition requires many documents and forms. As your legal representative, we will prepare what is needed for your case.

Resettlement assistance and benefits

As an Afghan immigrant, you may qualify for resettlement assistance. Help is available, and it may include cash assistance, housing, employment, community integration, healthcare, language learning, food, clothing, and household needs.

We can direct you to these resources available through the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Resources are distributed through state and local agencies. You may apply immediately.

Find state contacts for the ORR assistance program.


Our experienced team of immigration attorneys can manage all the paperwork and challenges on your behalf. Book a consultation.
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Does the United States have an embassy in Afghanistan?

The United States no longer has an embassy in Kabul. It closed on August 31, 2021. Afghans needing U.S. embassy or consulate services may contact any U.S. embassy or consulate they can safely travel to. Some Kabul embassy personnel are working out of the U.S. embassy in Doha.

Experienced Lawyer for Afghan Immigration Services in San Jose

Medya Ansari of Getachew & Ansari Immigration Attorneys, P.C. is an experienced lawyer who assists the Afghan community with immigration representation. Whether you are in San Jose, the Bay Area, anywhere in California, or anywhere else in the world, we are here to assist you.

It is our goal to put you in the best position for success.

Call 408-292-7995 or send us a message online to talk to a lawyer and get help with your case.

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