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Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Holders from Iraq and Afghanistan

Published: August 26, 2015

For their service to the U.S. government in Iraq and Afghanistan, certain Iraqis and Afghans are granted Special Immigrant (SIV) status overseas by the U.S. Department of State and are admitted to the U.S. by the Department of Homeland Security. The Department of State, in conjunction with the Voluntary agencies and ORR, assist with the resettlement and integration of SIVs into the U.S. An SIV is eligible for the same ORR benefits and services and for the same time period as a refugee, from the first day the SIV arrives in the U.S.

View status and documentation requirements for Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Holders from Iraq and Afghanistan

Last Reviewed: February 13, 2019