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Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa Program Extended
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USCIS has announced that the passing of a bill by the Congress extending the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program for Iraqi nationals who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government in Iraq, and signing of the same into law by the President on October 4, 2013, has permitted it to approve petitions or applications for visas or adjustment of status to lawful permanent resident in any Iraqi SIV case that were pending with it or with the Department of State (DOS) when the program expired on September 30, 2013. USCIS may also approve an additional 2,000 cases as long as the initial applications to the DOS Chief of Mission in Iraq are made by December 31, 2013.

As our readers may be aware, the SIV program covers Iraqi nationals who, during the period between 3/20/03 and 9/30/13, were employed by or on behalf of the United States government in Iraq for a period of not less than one year. The program had expired with respect to principal applicants on September 30, 2013, but has now been extended.



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