As part of Operation Allies Refuge, Afghanistan Parolees have evacuated Afghanistan and are relocating throughout the country, including Illinois. The Afghanistan Parolees under the Continuing Resolution Act of 2022 are potentially eligible for cash assistance and medical assistance as Refugees under Section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1157).
- Afghan Parolees include:
- Afghans with Special Immigrant Visas (SIV's);
- Afghan Parolees with SQ/SI Parolee;
- Afghan Parolees without SQ/SI Parolee.
- Special Units will process all applications received for Afghan Parolees.
- All FCRCs should review applications and transfer to Special Units.
Policy and instructions for processing the Afghan Parolee applications is currently being written and will be published at a later date.
As part of Operation Allies Refuge, Afghanistan Parolees have evacuated Afghanistan and have begun to relocate throughout the country, including Illinois. The Afghanistan Parolees under the Continuing Resolution Act of 2022 are potentially eligible for cash and medical assistance as Refuges under Section 207.
Family Community Resource Center (FCRC) Action
FCRCs must review the application for proof of immigration status related to the Afghan Parolees. Types of verification include:
- Afghans with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs):
- Passport with an immigrant Visa stamp noting Special Immigrant Visa (SQ1 or SQ1 IV Category);
- Passport with an I-551 stamp verifying Permanent Lawful Residence.
- Afghans with SQ/SI Parole:
- Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Form noting Special Immigrant Status (SQ/SI) Parole;
- Foreign-issued passports with a DHS, CBP admission stamp admitting them with a CQ1, CQ2, or CQ3 class of admission.
- Afghan Parolees without SQ/SI Parole:
- Form 1-94 noting Humanitarian Parole (per INA section 212(d)(5)(A);
- Foreign passport with DHS/CBP admission stamp noting "OAR";
- Foreign passport with DHS/CBP admission stamp noting "OAW.
- Form I-765, Employment Authorization Document (EAD), or I-766 with a C11 category or a CBP "PAROLED" stamp in their passport.
Note: SAVE provides verification of SI Conditional Permanent Residential (CPR) Status - SAVE can provide an initial verification response of CPR and the class of admission for these SI CPRs.
Some cases may require additional verification. Additional verification responses will state "CPR" and provide the class of admission in the Comments to Agency field.
Once the application for assistance has been identified as containing an Afghan Parolee, it should be routed or transferred to Special Units for processing:
- ABE applications should be routed to Special Units;
- Paper applications should be registered, scanned, and uploaded to IES. Send an email to DHS.FCS.VTTC@illinois.gov advising of T number and date of application.
[signed copy on file]
Grace B. Hou
Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services
Director, Healthcare and Family Services