Catholic Charities

Help Afghan Refugees Resettle in the U.S.


OCTOBER 24–29 | Savannah


Frequently Asked Questions

Why doesn’t Catholic Charities of South Georgia have a Refugee and Resettlement program?
Operating a Refugee and Resettlement office is a complex process that involves many levels of operations, staffing and funding. While we continue to grow our operations to reach this stage, we’ll be offering our support and partner with local community organizations and neighboring Catholic Charities agencies.

How can I help Catholic Charities of South Georgia help Afghan Refugees arriving near our area?
We will be organizing collection sites for essential items such as canned food, gift cards, seasonal clothing, etc in the next couple of days to donate families on an ongoing basis.

I want to help now, what can I do?

Purchase essential items from Amazon for families arriving through our neighboring Catholic Charities Agencies. This includes: Mattress covers, car seats, first aid kits, cleaning supplies, games for families, backpacks for children, and more.

Catholic Charities of Atlanta
Note: When checking out, ship to “Ashlin Nebrig’s Gift Registry Address”. This will appear under “Other addresses” when checking out.

Catholic Charities of Jacksonville

If interested in helping in other ways, please send us an e-mail to

What is the SIV program?

Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) are available to certain Afghans who aided U.S. forces – as interpreters and translators or in other roles.

Those eligible can apply for a visa for themselves, as well as for their spouse and any unmarried children under 21. Special Immigrant Visa’s take approximately 13 months to obtain and include security checks.

Evacuees from Afghanistan who have successfully completed the Visa process are eligible for resettlement into the United States as refugees. Organizations with a Refugee and Resettlement program are responsible for welcoming these families and ensuring their success in their new home country.

The number of individuals who will be accepted into the U.S. under this program is determined by the President of the United States.

What is the Afghan Parolee Support Program?

The Afghan Parolee Support (APS) program is also a pathway for entry to the United States for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit. It is usually granted when someone has no other alternatives for entry and is typically a last option.

The purpose of the APS Program is to provide initial relocation support services for Afghans paroled into the U.S. Parolees are currently not eligible for public benefit programs, including public cash assistance programs, medical assistance, and/or SSI.

The timelines for this initiative is between Sept. 1, 2021, through March 31, 2022, to ensure the safety of our friends and allies in Afghanistan.

I’m trying to contact or help someone who is still in Afghanistan.

Georgians can contact the offices of Senator Jon Ossoff or Raphael Warnock for information about family members or friends in Afghanistan.

Please have as much of the following information ready to share:

  • Full names of all the people
  • Dates of birth
  • Legal Status (US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident)
  • Passport number and Country
  • Local contact for the embassy in Kabul to use (phone and/or email)
  • Back up contact information
  • Are there any pending visa cases or petitions filed on their behalf
  • Any additional important information

Email Address:

Phone Numbers:
Jon Ossoff, (202) 224-3521
Raphael Warnock, (202) 224-3643

Example phone message:
“I’m calling because I have family in Afghanistan and they need to leave because they are not safe. I need to talk with someone in your office who can help me. My name is _______, my phone number is ______, and my family (ex: worked as translators).




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