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Welcoming Afghan evacuees

It is expected that at least 50,000 Afghans will be evacuated to the United States through Operation Allies Welcome, a federal program to coordinate efforts to support vulnerable Afghans, including those who worked alongside us in Afghanistan for the past two decades, as they safely resettle in the United States.

Arrival and resettlement process

People who arrive to the United States through this federal operation:

  • Were evacuated to a neighboring country where they completed security vetting prior to travel to the United States.
  • Are transported to military bases in the United States upon arrival where they complete additional health screening, vaccination, and other processing before a final destination for resettlement is determined.
  • Are assigned a final destination based on the following criteria:
    • First priority is reunification with any family members already in the United States.
    • Placement in a community with capacity to provide initial supports to families.
  • Receive initial reception and placement services administered by federal entities with local nongovernmental entities for their first 90 days in the United States. 
  • Are legally present in the United States and authorized to work.

Welcome to Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Human Services Resettlement Program is working closely with local agencies funded by the federal government to implement the program Afghan Placement Assistance (APA), and has developed a task force with representatives from counties and other state agencies, including the departments of Health, Education, Employment and Economic Development, the state Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans and the state Council on Disability, on a community preparation response.

Ways to get involved

 Get involved in the coordinated response efforts:

Get involved through one of the agencies implementing the Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA) program in Minnesota:

Frequently asked questions

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