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, Vice President, US Programs, International Rescue Committee

Last week, 30 members of the US House of Representatives signed a letter to Secretary of State Pompeo, Defense Secretary Nielsen, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Shanahan, and FBI Director Wray to express concern and inquire about the drop in arrivals and backlog of applicants.

View the full letter and list of signatories here.

Additionally, the White House has proposed a $97 million increase in the budget for the Afghan SIV program over the next 10 years.

No One Left Behind provides remote assistance and advocacy for Wartime Allies applying to receive a life-saving visa. We support the message our elected officials have sent to our wartime allies with these steps to further streamline our SIV process, decreasing the backlog of applications and working to increase the number of visas available to our wartime allies.

With your continued support, NOLB will keep fighting for the interpreters and brave individuals who stood with the United States in times of war. We owe them nothing less.