Support the Afghan Adjustment Act

Most Afghans who were evacuated to the United States in 2021 hold temporary parole status that will expire beginning of August 2023. With increasing asylum processing delays and the impending expiration of parole statuses, the need to pass the Afghan Adjustment Act is becoming increasingly urgent.  

Introduced in August 2022 by Senator Amy Klobuchar, the Afghan Adjustment Actwould create a pathway for permanent legal residency if passed. If not, many Afghans will be forced to live in a limbo state and request asylum to stay in the US. The asylum process is expensive and could take years for cases to be heard, limiting the ability to find work and build stable lives.  

The evacuees that included translators, women rights activists, and civil society leaders need our support to advocate for lasting protection by calling on Congress to pass the Afghan Adjustment Act. 

Send a message to your representative today to ask that they support the immediate passage of the Afghan Adjustment Act.

Opening Doors' Support to Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees

Opening Doors’ Preferred Communities GAPS Program assists eligible Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees with intake, assessment, and referrals for access to basic needs, public benefits and opportunities towards self-sufficiency. It provides services for 90 days from the date of enrollment and continues to follow up until genuine progress is made.

Program Eligibility

Citizens/nationals of Ukraine, or non-Ukrainians who last resided in Ukraine, and who were paroled into the U.S on or after February 24, 2022. For more information contact us

Assistance With:

  • Application for Social Security cards
  • Application for public benefits ( SNAP, CalWorks, MediCal )
  • Explanation on how to apply for Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
  • School enrollment and ESL enrollment
  • Physical and mental health services including referrals for post arrival medical and TB screenings
  • Referrals for immigration legal services
  • Other services as needed

The Human Cost of Immigration Process Backlogs

Blog by Sarah Torres, Managing Attorney at Opening Doors

Compared to recent years, 2023’s immigration headlines seem dull. In 2018 we saw images of children in camps, separated from their families. In 2021 we watched Afghan families running to catch evacuation flights. Today, we see headlines like “Processing Times Continue to Increase,” “Backlogs Mean Long Waits for Visas.” It’s easy to gloss over headlines like that, assuming the story is simply about administrative delays.


However, behind every delay is a family, a child or an individual whose life is affected. Immigration process delays make lawful immigration and reunification hard. The most difficult part is knowing that much of the pain and disappointment caused by the delays could have been avoided. Read more

Women's History Month Spotlight

March is Women's History Month with International Women's Day recognized on March 8th. In celebrating Women's History Month, we would like to honor all women who have paved the way for immigrants, refugees, and survivors of trafficking. Learn more about few of the inspiring women laying the foundation for our work of welcome:

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Supporting survivors.

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