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Following is list of most common SIV questions that Afghan SIV applicants frequently ask me on Facebook:

  1. I applied in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, or 2018, etc. when I will get COM approval?
    • COM approval is lengthy process take can take 12 to 36 months processing time.
    • The most common reasons for delays are:
      • Incomplete, invalid or missing documents.
      • HR (employment) or Recommendation Letter not getting verified by HR office or American supervisor when US embassy Kabul contacts them.
  2. I submitted my DS-260 application, when will I get interview appointment in Kabul?
    • Please note that currently there is an average waiting period of 9 – 12 months to get visa interview appointment in US embassy Kabul.
    • The long waiting period is due to thousands of SIV applicants pending in the appointment que to be scheduled for interview.
  3. I gave my interview, when will I get the medical exam notification?
    • After interview, you will need to allow enough time for your administrative processing to complete before getting medical exam notification from US embassy Kabul.
    • Administrative processing can take 6 to 18 months to complete.
    • The processing time is different for each applicant. DO NOT compare your case with others!
  4. My case was denied, what should I do?
    • The case denials are specific to each applicant and thus requires individual case assistance from either International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) or No One Left Behind (NOLB) organizations.
    • Visit the appeal page for assistance: Appeal Help Page
  5. I appealed my denied case, when will my appeal get approved?
    • This is impossible question to answer since each appeal approval depends on specific circumstances and factors the Afghan SIV applicants were denied for.
    • You can increase your chances of appeal approval by contacting IRAP or NOLB organizations for help by visiting: Appeal Help Page
  6. I got my visa issued, how can I apply for resettlement benefits (IOM)?
  7. When will IOM book my tickets?
    • IOM generally gives ticketing priority based on your visa expiration dates. For example, if your visa is valid for 30 days, then IOM will book your tickets in 7 – 10 days.
    • It is very important to have patience and wait for IOM to process your case.

To see the full list of frequently asked SIV questions, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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