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Afghan Allies of the United States

The War in Afghanistan began in 2001 after the September 11 attacks and has lasted for more than 19 years, making it the longest conflict in which the United States has been involved.   As the United States military forces prepare to leave in summer 2021, particular concerns for the safety and security of Afghan allies in-country arise.  The following resources provide guidance and support for refugees of this war.

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Special Immigration Visas (SIV) for Afghans
Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans - Who Were Employed by/on Behalf of the U.S. Government (

How to apply for SIV approvals
Afghan SIV Guidelines and DS157 Instructions (

Resettlement Options
Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans and Iraqis - Resettlement Options (