USCIS has issued a reminder that the authorization for the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program for Iraqi nationals, who worked for or on behalf of the United States government, will expire on September 30, 2013. The Iraqi SIV program will expire on September 30, 2013, unless Congress extends the program.
The SIV program covers Iraqi nationals who, during the period between March 20, 2003 and the present, have been employed by or on behalf of the United States government in Iraq for a period of not less than one year.
USCIS has announced that:
- after September 30, 2013, it will reject any petitions or applications filed based on the Iraqi SIV program; and
- beginning October 1, 2013, it will suspend processing of any pending Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, or Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, filed based on the Iraqi SIV program.
Individuals applying under this program, including family members, must be admitted to the United States or adjust their statuses before October 1, 2013. The expiration date also applies to spouses and unmarried child(ren) accompanying or following to join the principal applicant.