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USCIS: Certain Afghan Parolees Are Employment Authorized Incident to Parole

Employment Authorization is required for immigrants who wish to work legally in the United States. Normally this is obtained by filing an application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765) or may be temporarily granted depending on immigration status. USCIS is constantly updating its policies and World events can also influence new pathways to obtain employment authorization for some individuals.

Parole in the context of immigration allows some individuals who are not eligible to immigrate to the United States to enter the country for a temporary period, usually done as a result of humanitarian needs or for significant public benefit.

Certain Afghan Parolees are Employment Authorization Incident to Parole

As of June 8th, 2023, USCIS is allowing certain additional immigrant parolees from Afghanistan to be employment authorized incident to parole. This means that more migrants with parole status from Afghanistan are legally allowed to work in the U.S. without needing to wait for an approved I-756 application. They are also exempt from having to pay the filing fees to apply for an initial Employment Authorization Document (EAD) or to replace an initial EAD. These same benefits have also been extended to some Ukrainian parolees, but they are not a guarantee for all Afghan and Ukrainian parolees. USCIS has updated their guidelines to offer employment authorization incident to parole under the following conditions:

  • Afghan parolees whose unexpired Form I-94 contains a class of admission of “OAR” or “PAR”
  • Ukrainian parolees whose unexpired Form I-94 contains a class of admission of “UHP”
  • Ukrainian parolees whose unexpired Form I-94 contains a class of admission of “DT” issued between February 24th, 2022, and September 30th, 2023

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