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Aug 23, 2022
IRAP Shares an Extensive Collection of Refugee Processing Documents Obtained Through FOIA
Through FOIA, IRAP has obtained an extensive collection of documents related to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. Together, these documents shine a light on the generally opaque U.S. refugee processing system.
Aug 18, 2021
Afghan SIV Petitions for Protection
On August 18, 2021, we filed petitions for protection with the State Department under the Afghan Allies Protection Act (“AAPA”) requesting the immediate evacuation of all SIV applicants, including many of our individual clients, who remain stranded in Afghanistan. Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, IRAP has been receiving a continuous stream of emails from SIV clients who are in hiding in fear for their lives.
Jul 30, 2021
Summary of Afghan Special Immigrant Visa provisions in HR 3237
On July 29, 2021, the Senate voted 98-0 and the House voted 416-11 to advance an emergency supplemental appropriations act (HR 3237), which contains several positive reforms to the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program. Read our Summary of Afghan Special Immigrant Visa provisions in HR 3237.
Jun 4, 2021
Special Immigrant Visa Programs – Backgrounder
Since 2002, the United States has employed Afghans and Iraqis to serve alongside U.S. troops, diplomats, and aid workers in their countries. Regrettably, these allies and their families became the targets of violence due to their association with the U.S. mission, and many were threatened, abducted, wounded, or even killed because of their work. In response, Congress created three Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) programs to provide a pathway to resettlement in the United States for those local allies.