For Visa information please click here: Visa Information
If you lost your luggage / baggage coming to America on a State Department flight please go here and fill out a Lost Baggage claim: https://www.state.gov/lost-luggage/
For notes overview of US Transit Camp & Resettlement see here:
If you are an Afghan in in America or in-transit to America please complete this form if you need assistance with resettlement: https://nooneleft.org/get-help-from-nolb/
List of (non-vetted) resources for Afghan refugees
*Many of the below are requesting donations, volunteers, etc., from Americans to help Afghan refugees but they can also be good resources for where to call if Afghan refugees who arrive in the US need help.
Where to make donations for Afghan refugees:
- International Refugee Assistance Project
- Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
- Women for Afghan Women
- International Rescue Committee
- Committee to Protect Journalists
- Mercy Corps
- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
For Afghan refugees coming to the U.S.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is a national refugee resettlement agency based in Baltimore, Maryland. It’s welcomed and supported more than 11,000 Afghan and Iraqi allies through the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program. They are also looking for volunteers to assist Afghan refugees with airport pickups, housing and meals. While efforts are focused on the Washington, D.C., region, Washington state and Texas, individuals can sign up for its general standby list. The group is also accepting donations.
Church World Service
Church World Service resettlement offices are providing housing, job training and social services to Afghan refugees in the United States. The nonprofit organization is accepting donations, as well as offers of rental units and sponsorships for arriving families. Interested people are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Rescue Committee – https://www.rescue.org/
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. In more than 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities, our dedicated teams provide clean water, shelter, health care, education and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people.
The UN Refugee Agency
For information about our work in Afghanistan:
- Information for individuals seeking support inside Afghanistan – help.unhcr.org
- For refugee-related data and operational updates about Afghanistan, visit the Operational Data Portal.
- For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.
- For up-to-date information about our programmes and operations in Afghanistan, including funding level and donor contributions, visit Global Focus, UNHCR’s reporting portal.
Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts, and history of the Jewish people – a history of oppression, displacement, and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history, and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive in the San Francisco Bay Area, HIAS resettlement affiliates Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay and Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley are getting ready to welcome roughly 130 Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders between them in August alone. That’s the same number in three weeks that typically arrives in about half a year.
HIAS is partnering with Airbnb to connect displaced people in need of temporary housing — including refugees from Afghanistan — with community members who have available space to share. To learn more about this program, please visit Airbnb’s site.
HIAS has 17 community affiliates around the U.S., many of which have specific pages dedicated to their Afghanistan-related volunteer opportunities. You can also reach out to other local refugee agencies to sign up.