Background: In April, the Biden Administration announced that all American troops will be withdrawing from Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the war, September 11, 2021, months beyond the May 1st deadline the Trump Administration had negotiated in 2020 with the Taliban. In July, the Biden administration unveiled evacuation plans for at-risk Afghans, Operation Allied Refuge, and announced that U.S. troops will withdraw by August 31, 2021. On July 30th, a group of over 200 Afghans arrived in Washington D.C., the first flight of Operation Allies Refuge. Meanwhile, conditions in Afghanistan continued to deteriorate as Taliban forces rapidly took over the country, gaining control of Kabul by mid-August. Since July, the U.S. government evacuated more than 120,000 people, and on August 30, the final U.S. troops departed Afghanistan. However, there have been estimates that thousands of Afghans with U.S. ties remain. The Administration has said it intends to use diplomatic channels on an ongoing basis to help U.S. citizens and permanent residents, citizens of allied nations, special immigrant visa applicants and Afghans at high risk leave Afghanistan.
Types of Protections for Which Afghans May Be Eligible