U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has received enough petitions requesting special immigrant status from Afghan and Iraqi translators to meet this year's visa cap. Congress established the special program to allow up to 50 Afghan and Iraqi nationals, who have worked directly with the U.S. military as a translator, to immigrate to the United States each year.
USCIS will continue accepting new filings until November 17, 2006 and will return new filings received after that date. USCIS will process petitions received before the cut-off date for the next available visa cycle. For information on approved petitions or the immigrant visa process for interpreter/translator cases, you may contact the Department of State Visa Office at 202-663-1225 , or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on the process is also available on the U.S. Embassy Baghdad and U.S. Embassy Kabul websites.