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 […]

SIVs Achieve Self Sufficiency through Wheels-to-Work

Part of fulfilling the mission of No One Left Behind is supporting our chapters in their creative efforts to effectively assist Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) families with their transition to new lives in the U.S. NOLB has helped over 40 SIV families acquire a vehicle through our Wheels to Work program in our Rochester, NY […]

SIVs and the Tangled Road to America: “He had to leave ma’am”

Asif’s Story Asif started his application for a SIV while still in Afghanistan in 2008. As the years passed, and because of his continuous work for the U.S., Asif was hunted by the Taliban. To save his life, Asif had to leave Afghanistan as a refugee in 2011, before his U.S. visa was approved. Asif […]