A Bright Future for the SIV Program

Last spring, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) released a report shining a light on the disturbing drop in arrivals for Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) recipients into the U.S. According to IRC’s findings, total SIV arrivals declined by 28 percent (FY18) compared to the same time period the year before (FY17). Hans Van de Weerd, […]

A Place for Hero’s to Call Home in California’s East Bay Area

Story for NOLB by Jessica Towhey Sometime this year, Hamza Baba* will sit for a California medical licensing exam. If he passes and is granted the license, he’ll be eligible to practice in two countries: Afghanistan and the United States. But in all likelihood, he will only ever work in the U.S. since going back to […]

A Medical Situation Meets Can-Do American Spirit In Rochester

By Ellen Smith, President, NOLB- Rochester Chapter Time was running out for Bashir and his family in Kabul.   A wartime interpreter for the U.S. mission for years in Afghanistan, Bashir would frequently go over the border to get life-saving medicine in Pakistan that was not available in Afghanistan. However, as part of the process […]

We did it! 4,000 Additional Special Immigrant Visas for 2019

No One Left Behind Applauds Approval of 4,000 Special Immigrant Visas. On Friday the U.S. House of Representatives demonstrated that America is committed to keeping our promise to our Afghan wartime allies with the extension of the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program. With the passing of the funding bill, 4,000 additional SIVs will be provided for […]

Quiet And Calm After Chaos

Written by Jessica R. Towhey Noorullah Aziz was 12 years old when his childhood came to an abrupt end. Armed Taliban fighters came to his village in Afghanistan and demanded his family turn over any weapons they had. Since the family had no weapons, the Taliban demanded money. They took the family’s life savings. Still a […]

Meet Smith. A U.S. Army “Terp” About to Make A Desperate Run to Turkey with His Young Family.

Written by Jessica R. Towhey NOTE: A few weeks after messaging with No One Left Behind for this initial story, Smith moved his family to a village closer to the border with Turkey. He had to leave his family to find work, returning to his first career as a Pharmacy Assistant in a hospital. They continued […]

From Celine Dion And Madonna To A U.S. Marine Special Forces Unit

Written by Jessica R. Towhey Ali Rasouly spent four years working as an interpreter for MARSOF U.S. Marine Raider Special Forces units. It took five years for him to be approved for a Special Immigrant Visa to move to the United States when it became too dangerous to continue living in Afghanistan. “It doesn’t make sense,” […]

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SIV APPLICATIONS FILED AFTER 12.23.16

Update on “sensitive and trusted activity” requirement for SIV applications filed after December 23, 2016. From State Department: “Evidence provided by the applicant (including the information contained in the applicant’s Verification of Employment in Afghanistan, Letter of Recommendation, Form DS-157, Statement of Threats Received as a Consequence of Your Employment, and Employee Badge) is evaluated […]

She Walked 7 Miles Home From Work After Midnight

Meet 19-year-old Marwa Mohammadi. Marwa’s family arrived in the US in 2017 after facing death threats from the Taliban because of her father’s 10 years of service with the Coalition Forces in Afghanistan. Marwa’s father is unable to work and her mother doesn’t speak any English. At 19, Marwa is the sole supporter of her […]

CNN Heroes Features Work of No One Left Behind

Merrifield, Va. – On Thursday CNN released a news feature highlighting the work of non-profit No One Left Behind (NOLB). The story showcases the support NOLB provides to Iraqi and Afghan translators who work alongside U.S. troops overseas as they seek safety and a new life in the United States. Matt Zeller, Janis Shinwari, and […]