Afghanistan Resource Center

After some two decades, President Biden announced that US troops would depart Afghanistan by September 11, 2021. Recent events and decisions have accelerated that timeline significantly, and resulted in an upsurge for violence direct at Afghans who work with Americans. Congress has established a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) for Afghan nationals who were employed by/on behalf of the U.S. Government. Many PSC members are seeking to apply for SIVs for their employees who may be in significant danger of Taliban reprisal. Below we have posted the information we have received to the SIV program. 

Unlike other visas that may be related to employment, the SIV application process is applicant driven.  This means that each employee needs to initiate the SIV process on their own in accordance with the guidelines in the attached document.  More information about this can be found on the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ webpage regarding SIVs for Afghan nationals here:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/special-immg-visa-afghans-employed-us-gov.html.

Apart from providing this information to their employees, your members can further assist their Afghan employees who may qualify for SIVs by providing employment-related documents – both the HR letter and Letter of Recommendations as listed under required documents numbers 1 and 2 in the attached document.  The information should be as complete as possible.  The more information your members are able to provide, the easier it will be for the Department of State to determine qualification for an SIV.  Additionally, we request that your members provide a point of contact whereby we can verify the employment of these individuals should any questions arise while processing their applications.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact policy@pscouncil.org or reach out to AfghanSIVApplication@state.gov.

Department of State Information

If You:  Please Contact:  At: 
Have questions on how to receive Chief of Mission (COM) approval  National Visa Center  AfghanSIVapplication@state.gov
     
Have questions regarding filing requirements and instructions for an SIV Form I-360 petition  Contact USCIS Nebraska Service Center sivtranslator.nsc@dhs.gov
     
Have an approved Form I-360 petition and have questions regarding your case status National Visa Center (NVC) NVCSIV@state.gov
     
Have questions about your immigrant visa interview, the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where the interview will be scheduled You can find a list of our U.S. Embassies and Consulates at:  http://www.usembassy.state.gov
     
Would like information about SIV resettlement benefits and post-arrival services
The Refugee Processing Center
 SIV@wrapsnet.org
     
Are a supervisor of an SIV applicant that has received COM approval and would like to submit additional information in support of the pending visa application Visa Office SIV-Applicant-Supervisor@state.gov

 

 




PSC Actions and Updates

OFAC GenLic -15 Authorizing Food_ Medicine_ Software s in Afghanistan 9-24-2021 (9/30/2021)


OFAC GenLic -14 Authorizing Humanitarian Activities in Afghanistan 9-24-2021 (9/30/2021)


USAID 30 Day Extension of Afghanistan Authorities (9/24/2021)


USAID Administrative Approvals for Implementing Partners Working in Afghanistan (9/7/2021)


Afghanistan - Treasury OFAC Humanitarian Exemption (8/25/2021)
Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations Foreign Terrorism Organizations Sanctions Regulations License

State - List of Designated Terrorists and Groups Under EO13224 (8/24/2021)
A list of terrorists and groups under Executive Order 13224, which gives the U.S. Government a tool to impede terrorist funding and is part of the U.S. commitment to halting terrorist activity.

Referral Group Spreadsheet with Dependent Data (8/24/2021)
A referral group spreadsheet with fields to place information about potential referrals to assist in collecting Afghan SIV/P2 information.

State - Employment Verification Form for Afghan P2 Referrals (8/23/2021)
State Department employer verification referral from for the US Refugee Admissions Program Afghan Priority 2 (P2) Program.

HKIA Pass (8/19/2021)
Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) Pass for U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants whose applications have already undergone Chief of Mission review.

PSC Afghanistan Letter to USG Officials July 2021 (7/22/2021)
PSC Letter to Secretaries Blinken, Austin and Power regarding the U.S. Government's Afghanistan policies and procedures, force withdrawal, and information sharing.

Letter to DoD State and USAID Regarding Afghan Drawdown (5/13/2021)
PSC Multi-association Letter to Secretaries Blinken and Austen regarding the Afghanistan force drawdown.

Legislation / Congressional Action

  • FY2006 NDAA Public Law No: 109-163 (Section 1059) 1/6/2006
    • Made certain Iraqi and Afghan nationals who had worked directly with U.S. Armed Forces as translators eligible for special immigrant visas (SIVs). Capped at 50 per year.
  • H.R.2206 - U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007 Public Law No: 110-28 (Section 3812) 5/25/2007
    • Authorized additional FY2007-FY2008 entrants (up to 500 annually); and included permanent resident status.
  • Afghan Allies Protection Act (rolled into the) 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act Public Law No: 111-8 (Section 602) 3/11/2009
    • Section 602 increased Special Immigrant Status to 1,500 and included a new category: Afghans who were  employed by on behalf of the United States Government  or who “provided faithful and valuable service” to the United States Government, determined by the Chief of Mission. Also included language for providing visas to the families of those given Special Immigrant classification.
  • FY2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act Public Law No: 113-76 (Section 7034) 1/17/2014
    • Added 1,500 SIVs to the Afghan SIV Program, totaling 3,000 SIVs.
  • H.R.5195 - Emergency Afghan Allies Extension Act of 2014 Public Law No: 113-160 8/8/2014
    • Added 1,000 SIVs to the Afghan SIV Program, totaling 4,000 SIVs.
  • FY2015 NDAA (Section 1227) Public Law No: 113-291 12/19/2014
    • Expanded eligibility for the Afghan SIV Program to include certain employees of the International Security Assistance Force.
  • FY2016 NDAA (Section 1216) Public Law No: 114-92 11/25/2015
    • Added 3,000 SIVs to the Afghan SIV Program, totaling 7,000 SIVs and modified the employment requirements for certain applicants, requiring no less than two years of employment by the U.S. Government.
  • FY2017 NDAA Public Law No: 114-328 (Section 1214) 12/23/2016
    • Added 1,500 SIVs to the Afghan SIV Program totaling 8,500 SIVs and placed restrictions on qualifying employment for, or on behalf of, the U.S. government to services as interpreters and translators, particularly while traveling away from U.S. embassies and consulates with personnel of the Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development or traveling off-base with U.S. military personnel; or to perform sensitive activities for the U.S. government in Afghanistan.
  • FY2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act Public Law No: 115-31 (Section 7083) 5/5/2017
    • Added 2,500 SIVs to the Afghan SIV Program, totaling 11,000 SIVs.
  • FY2018 NDAA Public Law No. 115-91 (Section 1213) 12/12/2017
    • Added 3,500 SIVs to the Afghan SIV Program, totaling 14,500 SIVs. 
  • FY FY2019 Consolidated Appropriations Act Public Law No: 116-6 (Section 7076) 2/15/19
    • Added 4,000 SIVs to the Afghan SIV Program, totaling 18,500 SIVs, developed and implemented a system to prioritize the processing of Afghan applicants for SIVs.
  • FY2020 NDAA Public Law No: 116-92 (Section 1215) 12/20/2019
    • Called for an OIG report to evaluate the obstacles to effective protection of Afghan and Iraqi allies through the special immigrant visa programs and suggestions for improvements in future programs. Added 4,000 SIVs to the Afghan SIV program, totaling 22,500 SIVs.
  • FY2021 NDAA Public Law No: 116-283 (Section 1212) 1/1/21
    • Added 120 SIVs to the Afghan SIV Program totaling 22,620 SIVs
  • FY2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act Public Law No: 116-260 (Section 7034) 12/27/20
    • Added 3880 SIVs to the Afghan SIV Program totaling 26,500 SIVs
  • State Dept. Afghan Special Immigrant Visas Resource Page
  • U.S. Embassy to Afghanistan Visa Announcements

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