CLE: Public Benefits for Afghan Evacuees *NEW DATE*



Teri R Guhl, Immigration Law Specialist, Minnesota Dept. of Human Services

Megan Galasso, Immigration Attorney, Guyton Thuente, P.A.


The United States military evacuated approximately 125,000 people from Afghanistan between July 31, 2021 and August 31, 2021. After long stays at U.S. military bases folks are now being resettled in “final destination” communities across the United States. Congress passed a Continuing Resolution at the end of September to make Afghan evacuees eligible for the same public benefits and programs as people who have Refugee status.

In this CLE we will discuss the following:

  1. Explanation of Operation Allies Welcome and Operation Allies Welcome Minnesota,
  2. Afghan Evacuees’ immigration statuses,
  3. Public benefits eligibility and how to apply (including eligibility for Afghan people who enter the U.S. after August 31, 2021), and
  4. Legal implications including paths to citizenship and public charge.

We will try to leave 10 minutes at the end for a Q&A.

Meeting will be handled in Microsoft Teams, and link will be sent the day before the meeting. Non-AILA members are welcome to attend.

*Please note that this CLE was originally scheduled for Jan. 5, 2022*

Event Date/Time

Wednesday, January, 19 2022, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Event Location

Registration closes 24 hours before the session. Questions can be forwarded to

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