Thousands of civilians, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders, applicants, and their families fear what’s to come next in Afghanistan.
In Kabul, Afghanistan’s civilian government was seized by Taliban fighters just days after President Biden withdrew troops after decades of military presence in the Middle Eastern country. As they took over the capital, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled alongside their security forces.
The United States has implemented Operation Allies Refuge to help Americans, civilians, and military personnel that helped the U.S. through war. Although this mission is specific to SIV applicants and holders, Biden will assist asylees in making it to the U.S. or neighboring countries.
This week, the world watched as Afghan civilians were spotted running after a U.S. cargo plane in hopes of escaping terrorism. Many civilians have come forward to share insight into the dangerous conditions.
According to AP News, the Taliban have taken control over government offices, schools, shops and patrolling any entryways into Kabul. Women hope they will not have to go back to mandated full-body coverage, lose their jobs, or be unable to leave the house alone. At the same time, men have shifted to wearing traditional clothing and have kept a low profile.
If you are a concerned family member, we encourage you to reach out to an immigration law firm in Los Angeles. We can provide you with some direction to help your loved one flee Afghanistan.
In an effort to appeal to the U.S., Taliban forces stated they would do things differently than they have decades ago that are in line with their traditions and faith. However, history shows they’ve banned TV, music, non-Islamic holidays and have been sexist. With this in mind, women who are especially fearing for their lives can pursue legal immigration help for asylum upon arriving in the U.S.
President Biden has less than 13 days left to transport thousands of people out of Hamid Karzai International Airport. If you hope to expedite your case or help other refugees relocate to the U.S., reach out to our law offices immediately.