A Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holder is an Iraqi or Afghan national who has been employed by the U.S. Armed Forces as a translator or interpreter, or has been employed by a contractor of the United States government overseas. SIVs are eligible for the same resettlement benefits as refugees for up to eight months after arrival in the United States. They arrive with Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) status and can apply for United States citizenship after five years.


For further information:

Office of Refugee Resettlement – SIV Holders from Iraq and Afghanistan

U.S. Department of State – SIVs for Iraqi and Afghan Translators/Interpreters

U.S. Department of State – Iraqis Employed by/on Behalf of the U.S. Government

U.S. Department of State – Afghans Employed by/on Behalf of the U.S. Government

Refugee Processing Center Arrival Archives