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Family Reunification for Afghans 

The U.S. Government is committed to helping U.S. citizens and Afghans in the United States reunite with their family members who remain in Afghanistan. This page describes your different immigration options for reuniting with your family. Your options are based on your citizenship, your immigration status, and how you entered the United States.

Your first step is the immigration process. In addition, some family members may be eligible for assistance from the U.S. Government to depart Afghanistan. If the U.S. Government helps your family members depart Afghanistan, they will only be able to enter the United States if approved by U.S. immigration officials.

If You Are a U.S. Citizen:

If you are a U.S. citizen, your spouse, your children, and your parents may be eligible to immigrate to the United States immediately.  U.S. citizens may also petition for their siblings and unmarried adult children, who may immigrate once a visa is available.

If You Are a Lawful Permanent Resident:

If you are a lawful permanent resident, your spouse and your unmarried children under the age of 21, and unmarried adult sons and daughters may be eligible to immigrate to the United States.

If You Obtained Lawful Permanent Residency through the Afghan SIV Program:

If you are a lawful permanent resident through the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program, your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 may be eligible to immigrate to the United States through the Afghan SIV program.

If You Are a Refugee or Asylee:

If you hold refugee status or asylee status, your spouse and your unmarried children under the age of 21 may be eligible to immigrate to the United States.

If You Are a Parolee:

If you were paroled into the United States and currently remain a parolee or were paroled into the United States and subsequently granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS), your spouse and your unmarried children under the age of 21 may be eligible for admission to the United States as refugees.

U.S. Department of State

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