SIV Interview Update

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SIV Interview Update

The US State Department has been emailing the following statement regarding the status of the visa interviews for the SIV program.



 

Let’s further clarify or explain the statement in simple terms:

  1. As of March 1, 2017, all new visa interview schedulings have been stopped. This means if you have not received visa interview schedule, then you should not wait for visa interview unless US Congress adds more visas to the SIV program which would allow interviews to be scheduled again.
  2. The State Department has estimated that all the remaining visas of less than 1,400 will be issued by June 1st, 2017. Please note that is just an estimation and not a fixed deadline.  You should not panic and worry about getting a visa issued before June 1, 2017.
  3. As clearly stated, the SIV interviews will not resume/start unless Congress increases the visa limit for the SIV program. This means those waiting for interviews should keep waiting patiently until Congress adds more visas.
  4. Hopefully, everyone that had drop off or medical exam in March, April and May months should get a visa issued before the visa limit reaches. If you do not get a visa issued before the visas finishes, then you will need to wait patiently for Congress to approve more visas for the SIV program to get the visa issued.
  5. All other steps and stages of the SIV program will continue as normal since the SIV program is active until 2020. This means applicants will continue to receive COM approvals, conditional approvals, DS-260 submissions, drop offs (if visa remains), except visa interviews.

Note: This applies to all applicants waiting for SIV interview, not just the ones in Afghanistan. Meaning SIV interviews have not only stopped for Kabul embassy but all embassies outside Afghanistan.

What is the solution?

Currently, there are two separate identical bills being processed in the US Congress to add 2,500 visas to the SIV program. The interview schedules will start again, once the bill passes and more visas are added.

The bills are following:

  1. S.630 – Keeping Our Promise to Our Afghan Allies Act

  2. H.R.1544 – Keeping Our Promise to Our Afghan Allies Act

Click on each link above to track the progress of the bill as it passes through the US Congress. Both bills were introduced on March 15, 2017, and could take a very long time to be processed before the US president signs it to officially become a law.

Please continue to have patient, pray for quick Congress action and keep contacting your American supervisors, friends, US media outlets to keep the pressure on the senators to quickly approve more visas for the SIV program.

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~ Mustafa, Allied Freedom Project Staff.

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