The war in Afghanistan has devastated this country and has affected the livelihood of many people.
As a gesture of goodwill, the US decided to give a lifeline to some sections of the population with its Special Immigrant Visa program.
This program is available only to Afghan nationals who were employed by or on behalf of the US government or by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
People aspiring to apply under this visa program should have at least one year of service if they had applied before September 30, 2015 and at least two years of service if they’ve applied after this date. Also, applicants should prove they have faced threats or are continuing to face threats due to their employment with US and ISAF authorities.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has authorized the issuance of 4,000 visas in 2015 to those applicants who meet the conditions mentioned above. For 2016, the NDAA has authorized the issuance of 3,000 visas, thereby taking the total to 7,000. This program will end when all the 7,000 visas have been issued. Visas issued to the spouse and children of the principal applicant do not count towards this 7,000.
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