Please note that the IOM offices in Afghanistan are operating with limited capacity. IOM currently is not implementing programmes to provide any movement, transportation, evacuation, relocation, or resettlement support in Afghanistan. 

Below you will find several links to information on regulations and programmes implemented by various countries as relates to 

  • Relocations (i.e., movement within country)
  • Evacuations/resettlement (i.e., movement from Afghanistan or a transit country to a final country of resettlement)
  • Family reunification

While IOM will check and update links regularly, the information contained within (including eligibility criteria) may change and therefore you are encouraged to check directly and on regular basis.   

The list below is provided for information purposes only and IOM does not take any responsibility for the content of any third party web resources. IOM has no influence over the decision making process related to immigration proceedings, including refugee determination. IOM cannot provide referrals or recommendation letters to programmes implemented directly by the governments or other third parties..

 

Australia 

Please check information of the Department of Home Affairs.

Belgium 

Please check information of the Belgian Immigration Office and the Flemish Agency for Integration and Civic Integration.

Canada 

Please check information of the Government of Canada (EN); or Gouvernment du Canada (FR).  

Denmark 

Please check information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Danish Immigration Service.

Germany

Please check information of the Federal Foreign Office; Embassy of Germany in Pakistan; Embassy of Germany in India and visit Visametric website for information related to visa applications from the Islamic Republic of Iran. Please also see Overview: Responsibility and requirements Family Reunification Visa (FR-Visa) – Application for Afghan Nationals prepared by German Red Cross - Tracing Service.

Ireland 

Please check information of the Department of Justice.

The Netherlands 

Please check information of the Dutch Government.

Additional information is available through the Dutch Council for Refugees.

New Zealand

Please check information of the Government of New Zealand.

Norway 

Please check information of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration:

Sweden 

Please check information of the Swedish Migration Board

Switzerland 

Please check information of the State Secretariat for Migration

Please also check additional information of the Swiss Red Cross on humanitarian visas.

UK 

Please check information of the UK Government on the: 

For additional information about immigration to UK please check The Right To Remain Toolkit

USA 

Please check information of the U.S. Government on the: 

For additional information please visit website of the U.S. Committee on Refugees and Immigrants 

 

IOM Assistance in Afghanistan

IOM's current programming in Afghanistan is implemented in line with the IOM Comprehensive Action Plan for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries and focuses on the following types of assistance:

Emergency Shelter and Non-Food Items (NFI)

Emergency Shelter and Non-Food Items (NFI), including winterization support such as cash, winter clothing, fuel, and stoves; NFI kits (including household items such as kitchen sets, blankets, and solar lamps); and shelter support (including shelter tool kits, tents, and tarpaulins).

Protection

Protection for undocumented returnees from Iran and IDPs with specific needs includes post-arrival protection assistance (emergency accommodation and safe transportation to province of return), and case management assistance (information, referrals to specialist services and one-off cash assistance).

Locations: Badakhshan, Balkh, Faryab, Ghor, Herat, Kabul, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Nimroz, Sar-E-Pul, Takhar 

Health Assistance

Health assistance, such as provision of lifesaving health services, including reproductive health service; COVID-19 PCR testing and vaccination through IOM Mobile Health Teams (MHTs) and Rapid Response Teams (RRTs); mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) that is provided by IOM psychosocial support counsellors attached to the MHTs. The target population include returnee Afghans and vulnerable communities living in the hard to reach and underserved IDP settlements and host communities. 

Locations: Kabul, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Helmand, Nimroz, Heart, Ghor, Badghis, Balkh, Kunduz, Takhar and Badakhshan

Cross-border return and reintegration

Cross-border return and reintegration, including immediate humanitarian post-arrival assistance to vulnerable undocumented Afghans at the major border crossings with Pakistan and Iran, such as temporary accommodation, hot meals, onward transportation assistance, food packages as well as cash for transportation

 

Additional Resources

For information related to asylum and available assistance for asylum seekers please visit UNHCR dedicated web pages for Afghanistan, Pakistan, Islamic Republic of Iran, Turkey.  Please also check UNHCR information related to refugee family reunification.

For information about toll-free humanitarian helpline connecting Afghans (IDPs, returnees) and refugees affected by conflict and natural disaster with information on assistance please visit AWAAZ Afghanistan.