Our Afghan allies need our support.
In the past few weeks, NICE has already resettled more than 90 Afghan evacuees, and we are expecting to welcome more than 200 Afghan allies between now and February 2022.
During this critical time, we are leaning on the Nashville community to ensure our new neighbors have access to the entire network of services and support they need to become economically self-sufficient and successfully transition into life in the United States.
Here's how you can help during this time of humanitarian need.
Facts about Resettlement of Afghan Allies in Nashville
More than 500 Afghans are resettling in Nashville.
Over 50,000 people have been forced to evacuate from Afghanistan and resettle into a new home. Nashville is expecting over 500 Afghans, with plans of arrival by the end of March 2022.
The US government has authorized allies arriving with humanitarian parole to receive refugee resettlement benefits where they will be able to apply for employment authorization documents through the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
All arrivals from Afghanistan are vetted before they arrive in the US, which includes rounds of biometric and biographic screening, and matching results with a variety of law enforcement and intelligence agency watchlists. The Departments of Homeland Security and Defense conduct vetting with intelligence, law enforcement, and counterterrorism professionals from the FBI, National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), and additional Intelligence Community partners.
NICE and Catholic Charities are leading the welcome and will help serve refugees through the Afghan Placement and Assistance program.
Humanitarian Parole is granted for short-term urgent relief that gives the recipient official permission to enter into the US. These Afghan evacuees are eligible to apply for asylum through (USCIS). Some individuals granted humanitarian parole status include those who have contracted with the U.S. military or government but have not completed Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) processing before they had to flee their country.
All arrivals are tested for COVID-19 upon arriving in the United States. Full medical screenings, immunizations, COVID- 19 vaccines, and other vaccines are being provided as well.