The Situation:

The Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program offers a pathway to safety in the United States for Afghans who worked alongside U.S. forces during the war in Afghanistan. However, the program faces challenges due to a limited number of visas available each year.

Key Points:

  • Senators from both major U.S. political parties are urging Congress to raise the cap on SIVs before the current limit is reached, potentially by September 2024.
  • The State Department has streamlined the processing of SIV applications, potentially leading to an increase in approvals this month.
  • With the Taliban back in power, Afghan SIV applicants who remain in Afghanistan face significant danger.
  • A previous bipartisan effort to create a permanent path to citizenship for Afghan allies stalled due to disagreements on border policy.


  • Whether Congress will approve an increase in the SIV cap before it reaches its limit.
  • The number of SIV applications that will be processed and approved before the potential cap is reached.
  • The long-term safety of Afghan SIV applicants who remain in Afghanistan.

    Looking Ahead:

    The coming months will be crucial for Afghan SIV applicants. Congressional action on the visa cap and continued efforts to process applications efficiently will determine the fate of many Afghans who aided the U.S. during the war. will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.

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