Afghan Special Immigration Visa (SIV) 2017 update

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Revised: June 16, 2017

 

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2017 has brought following changes to Afghan special immigration visa (SIV) program:

  1. Two-year  Human Resource (HR) letter is required along with Letter of Recommendation from American citizen supervisor.
  2. The program has been extended to December 2020.
  3. 1,500 additional visas were included which increased the visa limit from 7,000 to 8,500.  The Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2017 as signed by President Trump on May 5, 2017 added 2,500 additional visas for Afghan principal applicants, for a total of 11,000 visas allocated since December 19, 2014.
  4. New eligibility requirements are as following:
    • New applicants applying for COM approval in 2017 needs to be interpreter / translator for US military; State Department or USAID; or to perform sensitive and trusted activities for the U.S. government.
    • Applicants that have already applied in 2016 or earlier will continue to get processed. New eligibility should not apply to you.
    • Applicants that have already gotten COM approval and waiting for visa interview, medical exam or drop off will continue to get processed. New eligibility should not apply to you.

 

Special clarification to Drivers, Cleaners, Engineers, Guards, ShopKeeper, Contractor, etc:

  • If you have already applied in 2016 or earlier, you don’t need to worry. You will get visa issued upon process completion. New eligibility rules should not apply to you.
  • If you have already gotten COM approval and waiting for visa interview, medical exam or drop off, you don’t need to worry. You will get visa issued. New rules don’t apply to you.
  • If you have not applied or will be applying for COM approval in 2017, then most likely you will be not eligible for SIV program unless you were interpreter / translator for US military, State Department or USAID. You can apply and try your chance.  The eligibility decision is with US embassy. 

 

For more information visit official Afghan SIV webpage

Get help with your SIV application by visiting: Afghan SIV Guide


Below is screenshot image from the official US State Department Afghan SIV webpage retrieved on June 16, 2017.


 

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