Afghan residents who labored with the U.S. are nonetheless ready in third-party nations for his or her promised American visas eight months after leaving Afghanistan.
“We’re actively processing visa functions for Afghans searching for to return to america, together with by aiding Afghans who qualify for SIVs as a result of they had been employed by or on behalf of the U.S. authorities or by the Worldwide Safety Help Drive or its successor,” a State Division spokesperson instructed G3 Field Information Digital.
“After taking workplace, we labored to cut back the processing time for SIV eligible Afghans, whereas holding in place our strong safety and medical screening processes,” the spokesperson added.
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The Particular Immigrant Visa (SIV) program for Afghan residents offers a path for former staff or contractors who labored with the State Division or different American entities. Many of those candidates stay in pending standing because the State Division continues to evaluate their eligibility, however the wait time has began to put on away at them and their households.
“After collaborating with the U.S. authorities evacuation airlift, I got here to know of many unbelievable Afghan allies who weren’t fortunate sufficient to get out of Afghanistan earlier than the operation concluded,” Amed Khan, a human rights advocate and philanthropist, instructed G3 Field Information Digital. “I took it upon myself to evacuate and take care of as many of those heroes as I might with a give attention to at-risk ladies leaders and others who served the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.”
“We made some extent of evacuating individuals who had paperwork to get on the U.S. navy evacuation flights however couldn’t make it into the airport because of the total chaos,” he defined. “The individuals we’re taking care of in transit nations like Greece have long-standing superior SIV and P1/P2 functions. We had been lucky sufficient to have the ability to rescue these individuals from demise by the hands of the Taliban, however now they threat languishing for years until the U.S. authorities makes a concerted effort to course of their circumstances as rapidly as attainable.”
Faridoon Hazeen, one such SIV candidate, has been in Greece because the finish of November 2021 awaiting progress on his software.
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“The airline that took us out of Kabul, out to Georgia, it belonged to the federal government of Afghanistan,” Hazeen mentioned of his household’s Nov. 22 journey. “The previous authorities of Afghanistan referred to as that Afghan airways. So we had been taken to Georgia… then we had been taken to the Sala Nikita, one of many provinces of Greece, by Aegean flight, which belonged to the federal government of Greece and a Greek authorities on the identical date.”
Hazeen assisted the U.S. with its Corrections System Help Program, which the State Division established to assist the Afghan authorities overhaul its jail system to satisfy worldwide requirements, since 2012.
Following his household’s evacuation from Afghanistan in November 2021, he remained in limbo till simply final week when he lastly heard that he’ll now have his interview. He despatched quite a few emails earlier than lastly listening to again.
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His story is way from distinctive: Faridoon counted roughly 30 individuals in Greece with him who’re equally ready for his or her visas, in some circumstances solely getting clearance to journey to Canada within the meantime.
Latifa, who labored with American corporations to develop alternatives for ladies in Afghanistan, final week realized that her household has acquired approval to journey to Canada, she instructed G3 Field Information Digital. She acquired approval for her visa previous to leaving Afghanistan, however the embassy closed earlier than she might finalize the method.
She traveled to Greece, the place she needed to begin the method over once more and has waited for months to achieve America. The approval for journey to Canada is a welcome change, however she finds it an uncomfortable one.
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“The rule modifications on me, on my children that I’ve to go now to the very new system of Canada that I’m not a lot aware of them, I by no means went there,” she mentioned. “I have no idea concerning the training system … the system could be very completely different from america, and I used to be a lot aware of the American system by means of the work for my profession.”
“So that is the massive concern learn how to match once more with the brand new location,” she continued, noting that she has labored with a Canadian group so has some ties to the nation. “I used to be fortunate to should work with a Canadian group in Afghanistan, however different individuals are right here.”
Latifa mentioned it appears to take six months for the circumstances to even begin, saying that the embassies may “lack individuals.”
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“There are various individuals as a result of we’re a group of Afghans that immigrated,” she defined. “Amongst them are 4 or 5 households which have financial savings someplace and medical area. Some are on different circumstances, however there isn’t a very clear response to them as effectively as a result of nobody is aware of.”