Homeland Security admits mistakes on Afghan refugees' work documents

The employment authorization problems come less than a month after the Defense Department's inspector general sounded the alarm on security concerns involving Afghan evacuees.

Updated: February 28, 2022 - 8:27pm

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The Department of Homeland Security on Monday admitted that some Afghan nationals evacuated to the United States following the withdrawal from Afghanistan have been issued employment documents with "incorrect information."

"Certain Afghan nationals who were paroled into the United States as part of Operation Allies Welcome (OAW) were issued Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) with incorrect information or are experiencing delivery delays," DHS's Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman wrote in email obtained by Just the News

Those with EAD errors are instructed to submit the original paperwork and explain the error to the agency. They will not have to pay a fee for the corrected documents.

Afghan nationals who have not received their employment documents are encouraged to report the non-receipt and work with the agency depending on their circumstances.

The agency did not state how many Afghan nationals may be facing this paperwork problem.

The employment authorization problems come less than a month after the Defense Department's inspector general sounded the alarm on security concerns following the evacuation last year. 

The watchdog told Congress in February that at least 50 Afghan evacuees pose "potentially significant security concerns," and 28 of 31 Afghan evacuees with known "derogatory information" are unable to be located, Just the News reported.

More than 76,000 Afghan nationals have been brought to the United States since President Joe Biden's withdrawal from Afghanistan in August, PBS reported.