The International Institute of New England (IINE) commends the Biden administration for designating Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and allowing Afghans in the U.S. as of March 15, 2022 to apply for TPS. While the TPS designation is a step in the right direction, it still does not offer Afghan nationals living in the United States, including most of the 488 evacuees resettled by IINE in recent months, a path to a permanent immigration status in the United States.

As a further and necessary step, we recommit our call to Congress to pass an Afghan Adjustment Act, which will provide permanent protection to Afghan evacuees who were admitted to the United States as Humanitarian Parolees after standing by our troops and government for many years in Afghanistan. Evacuees resettling in the U.S. are starting new lives in our communities, and we owe it to them to make their immigration status here permanent. Furthermore, we continue to call on the administration to assist Afghans who supported the United States and are still in Afghanistan to find safety in the U.S.