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Updates On Afghans Seeking Special Immigrant Visas

USCIS also updates the policy manual for Afghan and Iraqi nationals that are seeking immigrant classification. This guidance and new information that was added to the manual clarifies important material to know for their adjustment of status.

First, the guidance explains that noncitizens of the U.S. that are seeking an Afghan Special Immigration Visa (SIV) on or after July 20th, 2022, have to file a Petition for Special Immigration Classification with the Form DS-157. In addition, it displays updated criteria for eligibility in regard to employment requirements. Next, the policy manual mentioned eligibility criteria for surviving spouses and children of deceased noncitizens to determine who can and cannot apply for these SIVs. There is also a removal of the date limitation in cases where a visa is not available right away by changing the petition for an Afghan or Iraqi translator or interpreter to an Iraqi or Afghan employed by the U.S. government. Finally, the manual exhibits statutory requirements that an SIV must meet to show that they are faithful to the U.S. government by submitting a recommendation from their supervisor. USCIC Policy Manual can be accessed to receive further information on Special Immigration Classification.