Nashville will welcome over 300 of our Afghan allies to our city in the coming weeks and months as part of the historic nationwide effort to resettle over 50,000 evacuees from Afghanistan.
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.
In partnership with Catholic Charities and Nashville International Center for Empowerment, AMAC and several other city organizations, the Community Resource Center will be working hand-in-hand to make sure that the basic necessities are available to our new neighbors arriving in Nashville.
Facts about Afghan Allies Resettlement
300 Afghans are projected to be resettled in Nashville between two resettlement agencies. The number was reached through collaboration with the Mayor’s Office, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Metro Nashville Police Department, Metro Public Health Department, private medical providers, and other agencies providing services to refugees. We expect Afghans to arrive in Nashville gradually over 6 months between now and the end of March.
Nashville International Center for Empowerment and Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville – resettlement agencies that have been engaged in this work for several years, will receive arrivals and serve them through the Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA) program. APA is a mirror program of the Reception and Placement (R&P) program administered by the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Federal aid via APA is available for 30-90 days.
Humanitarian parole refers to parole that is granted based on an urgent humanitarian need or significant public benefit. This permits certain Afghan nationals to come into the United States for a period of two years. Once granted humanitarian parole, Afghan nationals may be eligible to apply for immigration status through United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (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 from Afghanistan are thoroughly vetted before their arrival in the United States. Vetting procedures include multiple 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 in coordination with intelligence, law enforcement, and counterterrorism professionals from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), and additional Intelligence Community (IC) partners.
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. Organizations such as Siloam Health will be providing medical services for our new neighbors once they arrive.
Thank you to N.I.C.E.for putting together the facts on Refugee Resettlement