Afghan SIV Program at Risk of Being Stopped

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The Afghan special visa (SIV) program is in danger of stopping due to objections from a important Republican Senator Grassley because of program’s estimated $175 to $445 million cost over the next 10 years and current immigration politics.

Unfortunately, as of rightnow, there are zero additional visas in the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act. The long expected addition of 4,000 visas to the Afghan SIV program is uncertain. If no new visas are added, it could effectively mean the Afghan SIV program will stop because there will be no more visas to issue once the limit is reached.

However, not all hope is lost. You can help pass more visas for the program. But how?

  • Contact Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley office and voice your objection against not including more visas to the SIV program.
  • Office number: (202) 224 – 3744
  • Fax: (202) 224-6020
  • Link to send email: Send Grassley Your Message
    • Use this email template:
      • Dear Senator Grassley, I strongly disagree with your objections against adding 4,000 additional visas to the Afghan Special Immigration Program in the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act bill. Please support adding the 4,000 visa provisions to the final bill to ensure the Afghan allies left behind and facing daily threats in Afghanistan due to their service with US military and government can find a safe heaven in United States.

Please share this post with all of your American friends, including green card holder Afghan SIVs to contact Senator Grassley office. There is no excuse to not contact. Only takes 2 minutes to send your message to the senator’s office!

 

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