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USAID Support for Afghan Allies

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Over the past 20 years, USAID has worked in and supported Afghanistan. USAID remains committed to our allies, including those Afghans who worked with the U.S. Government.

On August 29, 2021, President Biden directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to lead the federal government to support vulnerable Afghans, including those who worked alongside us in Afghanistan for the past two decades, as they safely resettle in the United States. These coordinated efforts are known as Operation Allies Welcome. USAID, along with our U.S. Government partners, continue to support DHS - and we are proud to welcome our Afghan allies home.

There are many ways Americans can help our Afghan allies as they build lives in a new country. Learn more with the resources below.

U.S. Government Resources:

  • USAID Afghanistan Update
    Resources for Afghans and U.S. employers regarding visa programs for Afghan nationals, including Fact Sheets and required eligibility forms. All cases are processed through the U.S. Department of State’s Refugee Admissions Program.
  • USAID/Afghanistan Mission
    USAID and our partners’ work in Afghanistan.
  • USAID Center for International Disaster Information
    Resources for people looking to donate to organizations working in Afghanistan. USAID humanitarian partners are working to provide food, health care, protection, water, sanitation, and hygiene supplies, and other critical relief to the people of Afghanistan. The United States is committed to continuing to provide humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people in Afghanistan for as long as possible.
  • USAID Humanitarian Assistance in Afghanistan
    Following the collapse of the Government of Afghanistan, economic and political instability has deteriorated basic service provision across the country, increased prices of staple foods and fuel, reduced household purchasing power, and other developments that constrain the ability of Afghan households to meet basic needs. USAID’s partners remain operational in Afghanistan and are working tirelessly to help the most vulnerable Afghans meet these needs.
  • DHS Operation Allies Welcome
    Information about Operation Allies Welcome, including fact sheets, Presidential Memorandum, and more.
  • State Department Office of Global Partnerships: Partnerships for Afghan Response
    The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are seeking to mobilize private sector response to support at-risk and vulnerable individuals from Afghanistan who have arrived in the United States.
  • State Department: Afghanistan Inquiries
    Information for U.S. citizens, non-U.S. citizens, SIVs, U.S. Refugee Admissions program, how the public can help, and U.S. partnerships for the Afghan response.
  • Office of Refugee Resettlement
    A list of resettlement agencies.

How You Can Help:

  • Welcome.US
    A national effort that anyone can join to welcome and support Afghan families as they build new lives in communities across America.
  • Afghan Diaspora Hub
    An Afghan-American volunteer organization, compiled resources on helping Afghan refugees in the United States and organized them by city and state.
  • Refugee Council USA
    Ways Americans can directly support vulnerable Afghans abroad and in our home communities.
  • Human Rights First
    A rapid response fund for U.S. allies, human rights defenders, and at-risk Afghans.
  • The Giving Block
    A partnership with five organizations, including Save the Children and CARE, to set up a crypto for Afghanistan fund.

Resources for New Arrivals:

Last updated: September 24, 2021

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