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Enduring Welcome Program

Benefit overview

The Enduring Welcome program implements the U.S. government’s long-term commitment to resettling in the United States tens of thousands of brave Afghan allies at risk who worked closely with U.S. diplomats, aid workers and military personnel for two decades.

As a Defense Department civilian employee or member of the active component, reserve component or the National Guard, you may be eligible to request relocation assistance through this program for certain members of your family who are Afghan nationals and are still in Afghanistan.

How this benefit helps

U.S. service members and DOD civilians who were actively employed between Jan. 1, 2020-Aug. 31, 2021, may request assistance to relocate certain family members from Afghanistan to the United States. Eligible family members of the requesting U.S. service member or DOD civilian employee are strictly defined as:

  • Parent
  • Spouse
  • Biological children of any age or marital status (including their spouses and/or unmarried children under age 21)
  • Biological siblings (including that sibling’s spouse and/or unmarried children under age 21)

How to access this benefit

To determine your family’s eligibility for relocation assistance, send an email to the Office of the Special Coordinator for Afghanistan in the Office of the Under Secretary for Policy. Include “DOD Interested Individual – Enduring Welcome” in the subject line.

Within five working days, you will receive feedback on their eligibility and, if they are eligible, instructions on how to complete a request for relocation assistance.

Learn more about the Enduring Welcome program and access DOD and other U.S. Government resources at the Office of the Special Coordinator for Afghanistan website.


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