Special Immigration Visa (SIV)
Special Immigration Visa (SIV) is a type of visa that is available to individuals who have worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government in certain capacities in Iraq or Afghanistan. The SIV program is intended to provide a pathway to immigration for individuals who may be at risk in their home country due to their work for the U.S. government.
There are different categories of SIVs, including for Afghan and Iraqi nationals who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. military, U.S. Embassy or Consulate, or other U.S. government agencies. SIV applicants must meet certain eligibility criteria, including having worked for a certain length of time in a qualifying position and meeting certain security and background check requirements.
The SIV application process can be complex and lengthy, and it is important to work with a qualified immigration attorney or legal professional to navigate the process successfully. Once an individual is granted an SIV, they can enter the United States and are authorized to live and work in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident (LPR). SIV holders are also eligible to apply for citizenship after a certain period of time.
It is important to note that the SIV program is subject to change, and the eligibility requirements and application process may vary depending on the individual’s circumstances and the current state of the program.