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February 6, 2016
IRAP in The Washington Post: Don’t Endanger Visas for Afghan Allies

IRAP is happy to share the The Washington Post‘s Friday editorial about the Department of State’s recently announced interpretation of the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) law. The new interpretation, which IRAP discussed in a press release late last month, could negatively impact thousands of deserving Afghan SIV applicants. “The Special Immigrant Visa programs for Afghans and […]

by Staff
February 5, 2016
IRAP in Foreign Affairs: Sudanese Deported from Jordan Face Desperate Circumstances

Foreign Affairs yesterday published an article investigating Jordan’s deportation of several hundred Sudanese refugees. The article explores the reality faced by those who were sent back to Sudan, as well as those who remain in Jordan hoping to win resettlement. IRAP’s staff on the ground in Amman has witnessed firsthand the trials faced by Sudanese refugees in […]

by Staff
February 4, 2016
IRAP in The New York Times: Afghan Allies Deserve Better

The New York Times today published an editorial about a recent change to the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program for Afghans which could leave thousands of U.S. allies unable to show that they qualify for the program. As of last week, the U.S. Department of State now requires a minimum of two years of service from qualifying […]

by Staff
January 27, 2016
Press Release: New State Department Interpretation Unfairly Disqualifies Afghan Allies from Special Immigrant Visa Program

New York, NY, January 27, 2016 – Today, the State Department issued guidance on its interpretation of the new Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) law (contained in the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which was signed into law on November 25, 2015). The new policy retroactively increases eligibility requirements from one to two years for thousands […]

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January 20, 2016
Senate Blocks the American SAFE Act

IRAP is thrilled to share the news that the Senate today blocked the American SAFE Act, which would have paused all resettlement of vulnerable Iraqi and Syrian refugees to the United States. This represents a triumph of American values; as a country, we must uphold our longstanding commitment to protecting those fleeing persecution and violence. We […]