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Afghan Interpreters for the U.S. Are Left Stranded and at Risk

"Thousands of Afghan applicants are caught in an approval process that lasts more than two years. As many as 5,000 were waiting to begin the process as of last fall. The State Department declined to comment on the number of applications submitted, the backlog or any phase of the visa approval process...

Afghan Interpreters Denied Visas; DOS Says They Face No 'Serious Threat'

"A growing number of Afghan interpreters who worked alongside American troops are being denied U.S. visas allotted by Congress because the State Department says there is no serious threat against their lives. But the interpreters, many of whom served in Taliban havens for years, say U.S. officials...

Special Visa Saves Afghan Translator

"Noori fled to the United States. Had he not, he would suffer the same fate as his father, or worse. The Taliban threatened Noori’s life daily because of his service to the Afghan National Army and his later role as an interpreter for the United States and Coalition Forces. Noori has been...

Afghan SIV Program Update

"The Department of State’s authority to issue Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) to Afghan nationals under section 602(b) of the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009, as amended, is limited to 3,000 visas for Afghan principal applicants in Fiscal Year 2014. We expect that these visas will all...

DOS Afghan SIV Program Update: Oct. 27, 2014

Afghan SIV Program Update OCTOBER 27, 2014 "The Department of State’s authority to issue Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) to Afghan nationals under section 602(b) of the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009, as amended, was extended. 1,000 SIVs, in addition to the 3,000 visas for Afghan...

Court Rules in Favor of Iraqi and Afghan Allies Suing U.S. Government Over Failure to Act on Visa Applications

Urban Justice Center, Feb. 16, 2016 - "In a landmark ruling that could affect thousands of Afghan and Iraqi allies who risked their lives supporting U.S. troops, a federal district court in Washington D.C. has denied the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security’s motion to dismiss a...

Afghans Who Worked With U.S. Forces Told They Can No Longer Apply For Special Visas

Rebecca Hersher, NPR, Mar. 10, 2017 - "The State Department is running out of visas for Afghans who are in danger because they worked with the U.S. government in Afghanistan. On Thursday, the U.S. State Department announced that it expected the visas to be depleted by June 1 and that "No...