Note: This post is not to make you panic or worried, but rather to reconsider traveling back to Afghanistan for long periods of time. Currently there is no known issue for SIV green card holders. This advisory is for those traveling to Afghanistan for long periods of time.
It is no secret that the President Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant policies have been targeting Muslims, asylum seekers, undocumented immigrants, and even some green card holders. It is wise to warn our Afghan SIV friends to limit their travels back to Afghanistan, especially travels for long periods of time such as 6 months or more. Always remember that part of the getting visa issued under the SIV program was that you had told US embassy that your life was in danger inside Afghanistan due to your employment for US government. It does not make any sense for immigration officers that if someone claims their life to be in danger to choose to travel back to Afghanistan for long periods of time.
Understandably, there are many good reasons and often times unavoidable ones such as:
- Getting engaged or married
- Sick family members
- Death / Funeral reasons
- Family emergencies
- Property or Business issues (house, shop, land, etc.)
If you must travel and stay outside USA for more than 12 months, then it is best to apply for “Travel Document” to insure being able to return back to US without any issues.
Special Note: If you stay outside USA for more than 12 months without travel document, you can risk having your green card canceled and not being able to return back to United States.
What is a travel document? How do I get one?
- Travel document is the re-entry permit that allows a person to return back to USA after living in another country for up to two years.
- You can apply for it here: I-131, Application for Travel Document
Some recent incidents in the news:
- ICE is rounding up green card holders
- Filipino green card holder facing deportation after ICE arrest
For more answers, visit: Frequently Asked Questions page.