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Special Immigrant Visa (SIV)
October 1, 2014

Special Immigrant Visas for Iraqis Employed By or On Behalf of the U.S. Government

The Department of State’s authority to issue Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) to Iraqi nationals under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 was extended. As of January 1, 2014, 2,500 visas may be issued to principal applicants under this program, and the program will end when all visas have been issued.

To learn more about this SIV program, see

The deadline to apply for Chief of Mission approval, the first step in the SIV application process, was September 30, 2014. Applications submitted after this date cannot be accepted or processed.

This SIV program is completely distinct from another program authorizing SIVs for certain Iraqi and Afghan translators/interpreters who worked directly with the United States Armed Forces or under COM authority, although some translators and interpreters may qualify under both programs. For information on that program, see Special Immigrant Visas for Iraqi and Afghan Translators/Interpreters.

Notice: You should NOT make any travel arrangements, sell property, or give up employment until and unless you are issued a visa.

U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

Although the deadline to apply for the Iraqi SIV program has passed, you may be eligible for resettlement in the United States with your family under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) as the eligibility criteria are very similar to those of the SIV program. For more information on the USRAP, please visit