SIV Questions Answered by US Embassy Kabul

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1. I have applied for Chief of Mission (COM) approval for the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program but I have not yet received any notice about my application. What is the status of my application?

If you have applied for Chief of Mission (COM) approval, you will need to wait until COM makes a determination on your application. In the meantime, the application is considered to be under review. Please note that the COM Committee is separate from the Consular Section in the Embassy of the United States in Kabul.

Since your application is with COM, the Consular Section will not have any information regarding your application. Please note that the Consular Section will only answer questions regarding SIV cases that have been received and processed by the Immigrant Visa (IV) unit and will not respond to inquiries regarding SIV cases that have not yet received COM approval.

2. I had my consular interview (visa interview) but I have not yet received instructions for my medical examination. When will I be instructed to proceed with my medical exam?

If you had your consular interview at our office and your case was placed under necessary administrative processing, you will not receive instructions to proceed with your medical examination until the administrative processing is completed. Please be aware that the administrative processing varies considerably from cases to case; therefore, the Consular Section will not contact you until the administrative processing on your case is completed. At that time, we will contact you with follow up instructions.

3. The consular section instructed me to undergo my medical examination, which I have done.  However, as of today, I have not heard back from the consular section.

Please note that it takes an average of four to six weeks for the medical clinic to process your medical exam results. Upon receipt of the medical report, a consular officer will conduct a review of the case. Once the case is ready, we will contact you with further instructions.

4. Still have questions?

If you have more questions, please visit this link for more answers. If you still have more questions, then contact US Embassy Kabul using the Online Inquiry Form.


See more answers at Afghan Refugee FAQ page.

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