More than 90% of Afghans who have requested entry to the U.S. through the humanitarian parole process have been denied. Since July of 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or the USCIS, has received 46,000 applications from Afghan citizens who assisted the U.S in some way and would otherwise be in danger under the new Taliban government.
When the Afghan government collapsed in August of 2021, not all Afghan citizens who were eligible for resettlement were evacuated. These people who aided the U.S. in any part, would be in certain danger under the new Taliban governments. The parole system offers entry into the U.S. on urgent humanitarian grounds for those without visas.
Parole is a term to explain how certain noncitizens can be allowed temporary entry or to remain in the United States for a specific reason. The program from the Immigration and Nationality Act gives authority to the Secretary of Homeland Security to determine who may be granted permission to stay in the US or enter the US.
Parole applications are reviewed individually. The applicant must provide proof that the parole should be granted. The agency granting the parole will specify the duration of their visit. Applicants who are approved and come to the US on parole may continue the immigration process to remain in the US long-term.