The October 2017 official report for the Afghan SIV program has been published and made available for the public.
This is a summarized bullet points of that report. The full report can be found here: Report of Afghan SIV Program – October 2017
Summary bullet points:
Average Processing Times
Stage Average Processing Time COM Approval 180 days (6 months) Conditional Approval 30 days (1 month) Visa Interview Appointment 270 days (9 months) Administrative Processing 210 days (7 months) Total Estimate Processing Time 690 days (23 months)
- Note: These are very optimistic estimates for average processing time. Your case processing time could be much longer and slower paced. Please do not compare your case processing times with other cases. The processing time depends on the case and will be different for everyone.
Applicants In Each Stage
Stage Principal Applicants Family Members COM Approval 6151 Not Applicable Conditional Approval 82 Not Applicable Visa Interview Appointment 2511 8780 Administrative Processing 571 75 Total 9315 8855
Number of SIV Interviews in Fourth Quarter of FY 2017
Month Principal Applicants Family Members Total July 354 1182 1536 August 505 1547 2052 September 399 1263 1662 Total 1258 3992 5250
- Total number of visas issued as of September 30, 2017:
- 9,475 visas issued out of 14,500 visa limit.
- Visas remaining as of September 30, 2017: 5,025
The processing times will depend on each case and will be different for everyone. Please do not compare your case with other applicant’s case processing times even if they applied together at same time as you. The SIV program has lengthy and slow application process. You will need to have lots of patience and keep waiting for your application to be processed. There is nothing can be done to speed up your application process except if your US supervisors and American teams contact their senators in Congress for help with your SIV application. For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions page.