Special Immigrant Visa
Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans – Who Worked for/on Behalf of the U.S. Government
Section 602(b) of the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009, as amended, authorizes the issuance of Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) to Afghan nationals who meet certain requirements and who were employed in Afghanistan:
- by or on behalf of the U.S. government in Afghanistan, or
- by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in a capacity that required the applicant to serve as an interpreter or translator for U.S. military personnel while traveling off-base with U.S. military personnel stationed at ISAF or to perform sensitive and trusted activities for U.S. military personnel stationed at ISAF.
The SIV program requires applicants to have been employed for a minimum of one year, between October 7, 2001 and September 30, 2015. As the ISAF mission ended on December 31, 2014, applicants who were employed by ISAF must have a minimum of one year of employment between October 7, 2001 and December 31, 2014. Applicants must also have experienced or be experiencing an ongoing serious threat as a consequence of their employment.
If you are Afghan and would like to apply for a Special Immigrant Visa, please follow this link.
Instructions for applying for the Afghan SIV program are available on usvisas.state.gov. Please do not contact the Front Office, Consular Section or other Embassy offices directly. Applications for Chief of Mission approval must be sent to the National Visa Center as described in the instructions.
Notice: You should NOT make any travel arrangements, sell property, or give up employment until and unless you are issued a visa.
This program is completely distinct from another program authorizing SIVs for certain Iraqi and Afghan translators/interpreters who worked directly with the United States Armed Forces or under COM authority, although some translators and interpreters may qualify under both programs. For information on that program, see Special Immigrant Visas for Iraqi and Afghan Translators/Interpreters.
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy would like to remind all Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants that the only official source of information and policy regarding the SIV program is the U.S. Embassy itself. We do not comment or post information on social media sites that are not clearly identifiable as belonging to the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan.
As a reminder, the U.S. Embassy does not charge for applying to the SIV program and encourages anyone who is charged to file an application to contact the Fraud Prevention Unit at KabulFPU@state.gov.