August 11, 2014

The Department of State’s authority to issue Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) to Afghan nationals under section 602(b) of the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009, as amended, has been extended. 1,000 SIVs, in addition to the 3,000 visas for Afghan principal applicants originally allocated for use in Fiscal Year 2014, may be issued until December 31, 2014. The Afghan SIV program will end on December 31, 2014, unless it is further extended by Congress.

Although the deadline for applying for Chief of Mission approval under this program has been extended until December 31, 2014, no SIVs may be issued under this program after that date.