Additional Visas Authorized for the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program

Posted by Mary Frangakis
August 1, 2014
Afghan Men Drink Tea With U.S. Marines and an Afghan Translator

Today, the United States Senate followed the House of Representatives and approved a bipartisan measure that will grant 1,000 more special immigrant visas (SIVs) to Afghans who have worked alongside Americans and risked their lives to secure a better future for Afghanistan and a safer world for everyone.

This issue was of particular importance to Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been working on it since before he was in office.   “When I was in the Senate, I was proud to support the creation of the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program to keep faith with so many Afghans and Iraqis who stood by the United States,” the Secretary said in a statement.

The Secretary was especially appreciative of the members of Congress who came together to pass this important legislation: “I want to particularly thank my former Senate colleagues, Senators Jeanne Shaheen and John McCain, as well as their counterparts in the House, Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Adam Kinzinger, for their leadership on this issue.  We look forward to further cooperation with Congress as we seek authorization to continue this program in fiscal year 2015.”

Deputy Secretary Higgenbottom also praised Congress’ action on social media, tweeting:

For all the Afghans who were made a promise that the United States would honor its commitment to them, today was a very special day.  For them, today’s vote means that America lived up to its values, and that soon they would be able to share those values as Americans themselves.

About the Author: Mary Frangakis serves as an Afghanistan Desk Officer in the U.S. Department of State.

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George M.
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California, USA
August 2, 2014
This is really, really good news. My sincere hope at this point is that these visas get issued quickly and efficiently so that we can bring these guys and their families to safety. They served us honorably and well and now it is our turn to come through for them. We cannot fail them. This is a life or death issue for them. We have to get them out of Afghanistan as quickly as possible now that their work there is done. I have been really disturbed at how troubled this program has been in the past and am really appreciative of the work that has been done in an effort to fix it AND to a congress that was able to put aside there differences to make these additional visas happen.
karina u.
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New York, USA
August 2, 2014

Gracias. Bendiciones

sateesh g.
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India
August 2, 2014
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Hamidullah A.
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Afghanistan
August 2, 2014
Thanks for the service.
Mirwais W.
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Afghanistan
August 2, 2014
Thank from your so nice program I need for a safety life in the world and I need for one visa to go to USA
amanullah s.
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Afghanistan
August 2, 2014
How to apply fot SIV any Web site ?
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Texas, USA
August 2, 2014
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Haseeb M.
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Afghanistan
August 3, 2014
I have been working with Americans in afghanistan Kabul for almost 8 years. in this news the more detail is not provided so that we understand we is really gonna be able to apple for this. can i apply as a person who worked with american NGO in kabul?
Brandon B.
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California, USA
August 3, 2014
I was curious as to when the Afghans will be able to begin applying for these visas? Also, what's the current number of special visas?
Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
August 4, 2014
I believe we should support those that support us. Great job Secretary Kerry !!! And congress on helping get the visas for these people. You did the what we should always do. Keep our word!
abdul a.
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Afghanistan
August 5, 2014
hi i want to go to USA just for work how i can go to usa because in afghanistan i not can find job and i like USA ank in afghanistan is not good live and always is during war and it is very big problem for me please please help me thanks
Mustafa A.
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Afghanistan
August 7, 2014
i haved word with U S Army for one years how can i Apply for Visa sir
Kathleen H.
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Wisconsin, USA
August 7, 2014
With all the things that are being completed by you and your ability to work with many nations, why can't you find a way to bring US Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who is being held in Mexico home. It shouldn't be so difficult due to your expertise in working with many nations. It is important to bring him home! Work with Mexico for This will be a great accomplishment. The people are getting tired of your ability you do so many things with other countries, but not for one of our win. Just bring home the ONE soldier that had been left behind.
mustafa a.
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Afghanistan
August 7, 2014
i have worked with us Army in Afghanistan Kandahar i am looking for Visa
jahangir k.
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Afghanistan
August 19, 2014
hi Respected sir my name is jahangir khan from afghanistan i worked with USA army and ISAF many years with a good record but now we are not safe and secure here in afghanistan and we want go by the help of SIV to Unated State i am applying with siv from last two 2 years but i cant get please sir if you help me sir

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