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  • Afghanistan Update - 08/17/2021

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    August 17, 2021
     
     

    Hello, Friends —

    Due to the issues we are facing in Afghanistan, our office has received several requests from constituents for assistance. As we continue to monitor these issues, we also wanted to share the information below:  

    The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul has closed. U.S. citizens should not travel to the Embassy or the airport at this time.

    U.S. citizens needing assistance to depart Afghanistan should register immediately, by filling out this Repatriation Assistance Request. This includes any option that may be identified to return to the United States, including registration of spouses and children. Citizens must complete this form even if they’ve previously submitted their information to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. 

    It is also recommended that you enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), which is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

    Applicants for Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) who were notified of travel eligibility to the United States through Operation Allies Refuge should wait for further instructions. Administrative processing of SIVs will continue to proceed and applicants will still be notified about the status of their cases.

    Additionally, visa and passportappointments at the Embassy have been canceled. At this time, it is not possible to provide any further visa services in Afghanistan.

    Should you have any questions and or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 850-479-1183

    Contact:
    Dawn McArdle, District Director
    dawn.mcardle@mail.house.gov, 850-479-1183