Frequently Asked Questions: EADs for Afghans

Last Updated

November 3, 2022

Afghans paroled into the U.S. pursuant to Operation Allies Welcome (OAW) were in most cases granted parole for a two-year period. They were also issued employment authorization documents (EADs) valid for the duration of the parole period. Because most Afghans evacuated pursuant to OAW entered the United States in August and September 2021, they now have less than a year left on their EAD and must consider other options in order to maintain the continuity of their employment authorization. This FAQ explains what steps advocates need to take to ensure that Afghans have no gaps in their ability to work lawfully in the United States.