SIV increase for Afghan interpreters

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In an atypical bipartisan decision, the United States Congress has passed a measure to expand the special immigrant visa program last week which has made it possible to extend 1,000 visas for Afghan interpreters. The measure was passed as an emergency stopgap to keep the program going before a more extensive measure can be created. The number of applications have increased since the US withdrew from Afghanistan and while the US allowed for 1,500 visas annually, the State Department only issued 32 of them between 2009 and 2012. Read how important these interpreters in Afghanistan have been and what kind of trouble they have been facing in VICE News’ 5-part video series.

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