Irrefutably, United States of America is still enjoying the unwavering preference of every eye filled with the dreams of a sumptuous career. Its immigration counters are still flooding with immigrants and all immigration lawyers NYC firms are as busy as bee with immigration applications. In this article, I will be mentioning an extract of an open discussion pertaining to Special Immigrant Visa for Translators and Interpreters (Iraqi and Afghan), held between a client and a lawyer.
Client: I want to inquire about SIV visa, for my brother in Baghdad. Can you please brief me on that?
Lawyer: Certainly sir. The SIV visa is acronym from Special Immigrant Visa. This particular visa falls under Section 1059 of National Defense Authorization Act and to that date, 50 Iraqis and Afghans are granted visas on the annual basis, under which they have to work for US Military as translators or interpreters.
Client: My brother is serving US Embassy in Baghdad under the Chief of Mission Authority. Do you think he is an eligible candidate?
Lawyer: Wonderful, you will be glad to know that as per the latest amendments, only those Iraqi or Afghan candidates are eligible, who are either serving or served US Armed Forces, US Embassies at Baghdad or Kabul under Chief of Mission (COM) authority. So, as per your earlier statement, your brother is 100% eligible for the visa.
Client: As you said, 50 Visas, so does that mean 50 including his family members? I mean, if he applies for a visa along with his three family members (spouse and 2 kids), does that means he will be applying for four visas?
Lawyer: No, in this quota, only primary applicant’s requests will be counted, which means he will be applying only for one visa. Special immigrant visas issued to principal applicant's spouse and children do not count towards the quota.
Client: Are there any age limitations for children in this SIV?
Lawyer: Yes, your kids must be under 21 and they must be unmarried. They will be granted visa with you and they may admit themselves with you or they can join you after.
Client: Besides the documentation proving oneself an Iraqi and documents evidencing the services under COM or US Armed Force, what other documents are required?
Lawyer: Beside these, one must have a favorable written recommendation from a General or Flag officer or from the Chief of Mission, from the embassy where your brother served or is serving.
In part-1 of this article, under the same title “immigration lawyers NYC – Law-abiding Gladiators against Law- breaching Predators,” we would be detailing about its application procedure.
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