Priority-2 (P-2) for U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP)

Human Rights First

Afghans who worked with American forces or programs, but don’t meet the criteria for Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) may be eligible for P-2 visas.

The P-2 program is for Afghans in one of three categories:

Afghans who do not meet the minimum time served to be an SIV but who worked as employees of contractors, locally employed staff, interpreters/translators for

U.S. government

United States Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A)

International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)

Resolute Support.

Afghans who worked for programs or projects in Afghanistan supported through a U.S. government grant or cooperative agreement.

Afghans who were employed in Afghanistan by a U.S-based NGOs or media organizations.

To qualify for P-2 status, Afghans must depart Afghanistan on their own accord, as the U.S. can only process them as refugees when they are in a third country.

An applicant cannot directly refer themselves to the P-2 program.

Only U.S. government departments and agencies, U.S.-based NGOs, or media organizations with operations in Afghanistan may submit P-2 referrals for Afghans.

Individuals who believe they are eligible for P-2 should work with their employer, contact in the U.S. government, NGO, or media organization to complete a referral package.

A completed referral package must be submitted with the approval of the most senior U.S. citizen in the U.S.-headquartered organization

Send via the GovCloud Google form.

If a referral was emailed to [email protected] prior to January 31, 2022, 5 pm Eastern, the submission will be processed. Do not re-resubmit those referrals.

The U.S. is unable to provide protection or support to individuals in third countries awaiting decisions on their P-2 refugee case.

If the country an Afghan is in has an established asylum process, please register with that government for international protection and assistance as a refugee. Afghans can also register with the UN Refugee Agency.

Processing P-2 visas can take several years and applicants will undergo extensive background security checks and interviews.

Even with a referral, you are not guaranteed a P-2 visa. We recommend pursuing other immigration options while filing for a P-2.

Department of State Information About the Priority 2 (P2) program 

Department of State Step-By-Step Instructions

WRAPS – SIV/Iraqi & Syrian P-2/Afghan Referrals

WRAPS – Instructions for U.S.-based Media Organizations/NGOs to Submit P-2