Afghan SIV Update

According to the U.S. Department of State, Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) to Afghan nationals under section 602(b) of the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009, as amended, is limited to 3,000 visas for Afghan principal applicants in Fiscal Year 2014. The DOS expects that these visas will all be issued by August 2014.

More than 9,000 Afghans who have worked for the United States in
Afghanistan (and their family members) have benefited from Special Immigrant
Visa programs. Of these, more than 70% served as translators with the vast
majority serving our nation’s military forces in their mission in Afghanistan. After all 3,000 visas have been issued, the DOS will immediately restart processing if Congress extends this program.
The Department of State supports extension of the Afghan SIV program, as explained in this L.A Times editorial by Secretary of State John Kerry.

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