Special Immigrant Visas (SIV)
The United States’ presence in Iraq and Afghanistan has relied on the life-saving assistance of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans who put themselves in danger to serve alongside U.S. troops, diplomats, and contractors. These individuals provided indispensable linguistic, cultural, and geographic knowledge to the United States at great personal risk to themselves and their loved ones.
Since 2006, Congress has established several Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) programs that allow eligible applicants to resettle to safety in the United States. Nevertheless, thousands of Iraqi and Afghan allies remain trapped in legal limbo, while facing persistent threats for their collaboration with the United States. Through systemic advocacy, zealous casework, and strategic litigation, IRAP is working to ensure that the U.S. government follows through on its commitment to them.
Fraidoon “Fred” Akhtari served as an interpreter alongside the U.S. military in Afghanistan for 13 years, participating in more than 500 combat missions. After facing harassment and death threats from the Taliban because of his service, Fred relied on the support of the American soldiers with whom he served and his attorneys to help him through the SIV process. After a harrowing five-year wait that included being improperly denied access to the SIV program several times, Fred and his family finally made it to the U.S., where they were welcomed with open arms by the soldiers alongside whom Fred served.
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Afghan and Iraqi Allies v. Pompeo: Challenging systemic delays in deciding Special Immigrant Visa applications
IRAP filed this class action challenge to systemic delays in deciding Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applications of Afghans and Iraqis whose lives are at risk because of their work supporting U.S. efforts in their home countries.Learn More +