Humanitarian Parole for Afghan Family

Humanitarian Parole for Afghan Family

From Katie Salino

USCIS Application fees for Humanitarian Parole for Afghan Family

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11 days ago

Hello everyone- thank you so much for your generous donations, we truly appreciate it! As of now we have submitted the applications for Humanitarian Parole with Ascentria's assistance. The USCIS has confirmed receipt of the applications and we are waiting to find out if the family has been accepted. Blaise continues to keep in touch with the family weekly and we still have hope that they will be safely evacuated, as the situation continues to deteriorate in Afghanistan. Thank you again for all of your help and we will continue to keep you updated!

Love,

Blaise and Katie

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Hello family and friends,

 After Blaise’s deployment to Afghanistan in 2011-12 he kept in touch with an Afghan interpreter he befriended.  As we’re sure you’re aware, the situation in Afghanistan is dire and Blaise has been speaking with his friend- he is desperately trying to escape Kabul with his family.  Because of 9 years of faithful service to the U.S. military this man and his family’s lives are in extreme danger.  

 We’re working on a 2-part approach to help this family:

1. We're petitioning multiple congressional offices and have sent the family’s Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) paperwork to be forwarded to the Department of State (DOS).  We hope that the SIV application will be accepted and the family will have clearance to fly on one of the evacuation flights leaving Kabul airport.  

2. We’re working with Ascentria Care Alliance, a community service organization. We’re applying for humanitarian parole for the family.  This is a very involved and costly process, which is where this fundraiser comes in.  Parole application fees total $4600 (nonrefundable).  To file these applications we require legal assistance and Ascentria is working pro-bono to help us with this process. If granted parole, the family would have clearance to travel to America.  We have filed as “petitioners’, so we would be at least partially responsible for their resettlement/acclimation process. Once in the U.S. they would need to seek immigration legal assistance for permanent relief. Humanitarian parole does not guarantee safe passage to the U.S., only admittance.  

 Neither of these approaches guarantee that applications will be accepted, nor do they guarantee safe passage to the airport/out of the country.  We are making every good-faith effort available to get the family to safety.  We would greatly appreciate any donation to cover the cost of applying for humanitarian parole, however small, to help this family escape their desperate situation.  Please let us know if you have any questions and THANK YOU for your help!!

 *Names/details about family members have been withheld to ensure their safety.

 Ascentria Care Alliance: https://www.ascentria.org/

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Love,

Blaise and Katie

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Katie Salino posted a new update:
11 days ago

Update #1

Hello everyone- thank you so much for your generous donations, we truly appreciate it! As of now we have submitted the applications for Humanitarian Parole with Ascentria's assistance. The USCIS has confirmed receipt of the applications and we are waiting to find out if the family has been accepted. Blaise continues to keep in touch with the family weekly and we still have hope that they will be safely evacuated, as the situation continues to deteriorate in Afghanistan. Thank you again for all of your help and we will continue to keep you updated!

Love,

Blaise and Katie

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