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 during the Chief of Mission process to determine whether the “sensitive and trusted activities” standard is met. Supervisors and employers are responsible for describing the applicant’s duties that they consider to be sensitive and trusted.”

Advice from NOLB National:

We have not received from the Federal Government a clear public definition of “sensitive and trusted activity” but just that ‘every case is different’ and that they ‘consider the totality of the evidence’.  It is suggested that every recommender, if they believe it was the case (supervisors and HR), write that the person’s job was ‘sensitive and trusted’ and then explain in a sentence or two why they believe that to be the case. In the vast majority of cases, we would expect that to meet the burden.

If you are experiencing any challenges in successfully applying for a Special Immigrant Visa, including being denied for not meeting the “sensitive and trusted activity” standard, please apply for assistant through NOLB’s Operation Lost In Translation.  To learn more, visit