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Immigration Volunteer Survey

Volunteers are urgently needed!  Central New York has welcomed over 400 emergency arrivals from Afghanistan since July of 2021, and more evacuees are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.  These new members of our community were evacuated from Afghanistan as the Taliban took control of their homeland this past summer. 
Many of these evacuees entered the United States under a temporary Humanitarian Parole, that only allows them to remain in the United States for a period of two years.  To remain permanently, they will need to file for asylum within one year of their arrival. Evacuees have been entering the United States as early as July 1, 2021, which would require some of them to file for asylum on or before July 1, 2022.  Many of the new arrivals have immediate family members living in danger in Afghanistan who could also receive immigration status in the United States after the asylum applications are granted.

The passage of the Afghan Adjustment Act would relieve the immediate burden on the asylum process — which currently has over 1 million cases in the backlog — and would prevent Afghans paroled in the U.S. from losing their jobs or being deported. Although the Afghan Adjustment Act has received overwhelming support there is no guarantee that it will be signed into law.  Without any guaranteed action, many evacuees will have to submit an asylum application.  USCIS has created expedited processing for Afghan affirmative asylum applications, and applicants should receive an interview and adjudication within 180 days. 
The Hiscock Legal Aid Society and Volunteer Lawyers Project of CNY, in partnership with Catholic Charities/Northside CYO and InterFaith Works, are trying to put together a taskforce of pro bono attorneys or DOJ accredited Representatives to volunteer and help the Afghan community with their asylum filing deadlines that are soon approaching.  Our agencies will partner to offer training and support to any attorney or DOJ accredited representative that is willing to help.
If you are able to help on a pro bono basis, please complete this brief survey:

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