Afghans Who Worked With U.S. Forces Told They Can No Longer Apply For Special Visas
The State Department is running out of visas for Afghans who are in danger because they worked with the U.S. government in Afghanistan.
On Thursday, the U.S. State Department announced that it expected the visas to be depleted by June 1 and that "No further interviews for Afghan principal applicants ... will be scheduled after March 1, 2017."
NPR's Quil Lawrence reported, "The Special Immigrant Visa program was designed to reward Iraqis and Afghans who help U.S. forces at war, but it's been plagued by a lengthy vetting process and changing politics in Washington."
The special visas also apply to spouses and children of people who worked as translators, drivers and other staff for the U.S. military and other agencies.
A State Department official told NPR in an email on Thursday that more than 15,000 Afghans are currently "at some stage of the [special visa] application process" and that as of March 5, only 1,437 visas remain to be given out. - Read More