Operation Afghan Rescue

Government and resettlement agencies are working to define this refugee group’s new status and procedures of resettlement. This program will open soon.

Operation Afghan Rescue

Government and resettlement agencies are working to define this refugee group’s new status and procedures of resettlement. This program will open soon.

Update on Afghan Refugee Situation

Arizona has agreed to welcome 1600 Afghans. Currently, they are being held in government and military facilities while undergoing background checks, interviews, and biometrics for the expedited vetting process. Only a few families have completed screening and moved into local housing thus far. The Afghan refugees have lost their homes, communities, country, jobs, and material possessions. All have lost, or been separated from, family and friends. Some Afghans are fluent in English and worked for our government for their entire careers, while others know no English but are eager to learn. Some of them are highly educated. All are heartsick about the situation in Afghanistan, about family who are fleeing for their lives, in hiding, or unable to work. They are worried that communication will soon be shut off by the Taliban. All are anxious about their families back home and their own futures here in a new country and culture. Thank you for your patience as we await government decisions before we can mentor.

Qualifications

While you are waiting for the program to be made available, you can prepare by completing the following:

  • Obtain a Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • Send 2 Letters of Recommendation to [email protected]

The most time sensitive qualification is obtaining a Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance card. It can take weeks for the card to come in the mail, so please apply for this card as soon as possible. For more information on applying for fingerprint clearance, click below.

Update on Afghan Refugee Situation

Arizona has agreed to welcome 1600 Afghans. Currently, they are being held in government and military facilities while undergoing background checks, interviews, and biometrics for the expedited vetting process. Only a few families have completed screening and moved into local housing thus far. The Afghan refugees have lost their homes, communities, country, jobs, and material possessions. All have lost, or been separated from, family and friends. Some Afghans are fluent in English and worked for our government for their entire careers, while others know no English but are eager to learn. Some of them are highly educated. All are heartsick about the situation in Afghanistan, about family who are fleeing for their lives, in hiding, or unable to work. They are worried that communication will soon be shut off by the Taliban. All are anxious about their families back home and their own futures here in a new country and culture. Thank you for your patience as we await government decisions before we can mentor.

Qualifications

While you are waiting for the program to be made available, you can prepare by completing the following:

  • Obtain a Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • Send 2 Letters of Recommendation to [email protected]

The most time sensitive qualification is obtaining a Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance card. It can take weeks for the card to come in the mail, so please apply for this card as soon as possible. For more information on applying for fingerprint clearance, click below.

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