Afghanistan Resource Guide
Updated as of September 7, 2021
National Nonprofit Resettlement Agency Contacts
The State Department has established cooperative agreements with nonprofit resettlement agencies who administer reception & placement services. Please see the State Department’s list of nonprofit organizations below, each have their own donation and volunteer resources:
- Church World Service (CWS)
For U.S. Citizens and Students in Afghanistan Now:
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul is collecting information from U.S. Citizens and students in Afghanistan who may need assistance returning to the United States due to the security situation in Afghanistan. Please fill out the Repatriation Assistance Request form on the U.S. Embassy’s website. The information collected in this form will only be used by the U.S. Embassy for the purpose of facilitating return travel to the United States. Once you fill that out, please send an email with your name(s), passport number(s), and date(s) of birth, and we will follow up with the State Department. You can direct your information to Nicole.Gray@mail.house.gov.
On August 31, 2021, the State Department suspended its diplomatic presence in Kabul and transferred operations to Doha, Qatar. For the time being, we will use this post in Doha to manage our diplomacy with Afghanistan, including consular affairs, administering humanitarian assistance, and working with allies, partners, and regional and international stakeholders. We will also be continuing our efforts to help Americans, foreign nationals, and Afghans leave Afghanistan if they choose.
Individuals seeking information on current consular support should review the Embassy website for instructions. Consular services remain available outside Afghanistan. To locate the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate click here. The Department of State will continue to provide information via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), Embassy Kabul’s web page, Travel.State.Gov, and Facebook and Twitter.
Visa services are no longer available in Kabul. This includes interviews and completion of previously interviewed cases for any category of visa, including Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs), in Afghanistan. However, we are developing processing alternatives so that we can continue to deliver this important service for the people of Afghanistan who have served alongside our military forces.
We will continue to prioritize SIV applications at every stage of the SIV process. At the applicant’s request, we will transfer cases to other U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world. This effort is of the utmost importance to the U.S. Government.
To Advocate for Immediate-Family Non-Citizen Relatives in Afghanistan:
Contact my office to inquire about the status of non-citizen relatives in Afghanistan. The family [in the U.S.] needs to send all of their documents, along with the linked Privacy Release Form with the spouse/immediate family member in the U.S. filling out the top portion with their information, and include the name of the spouse/immediate family member in Afghanistan in the “explanation” portion along with date of birth, passport number, and exact spelling of the spouse’s/immediate family member’s name. The required form is here.