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Special Immigrant Visa

Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans – Who Worked for/on Behalf of the U.S. Government

This booklet (PDF 2MB) provides an overview of the program, how to apply and the steps in both English and Dari.   

The Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009, Section 602(b) of Division F, Title IV, of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, Public Law 111-8, authorizes 1,500 special immigrant visas annually for Afghan employees and contractors for fiscal years 2009 through 2013 who have been employed by or on behalf of the United States Government in Afghanistan on or after October 7, 2001, for a period of not less than one year, and who have experienced or are experiencing an ongoing serious threat as a consequence of that employment.

You can find instructions about the Afghan Allies program here:  Please do not contact the Front Office, Consular Section or other Embassy offices directly.  Applications for the Chief of Mission letter, the first step of the process, must be sent to the National Visa Center as described on the web page above.

Applicants should NOT make any travel arrangements, sell property, or give up employment until the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General has issued a visa.

This new program is completely distinct from another program authorizing special immigrant visas for certain Iraqi and Afghan translators/interpreters working for the USG. For information on that program see Learn More.

Fraud Prevention

  • 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