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US Congress Calls for more Afghan Interpreters Visas

US Congress Calls for more Afghan Interpreters Visas

WASHINGTON – Members of the United States Congress are seeking to approve a bill issuing more visas for Afghan interpreters who worked with US forces in Afghanistan.
The Congress, by adopting the bill, seeks to expedite the issuance of a Special Immigrant Visa for eligible Afghans within the year, as well as, eliminate barriers in this regard.
The bill has been sponsored by Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Republican Senators Thom Tillis, Roger Wicker and Gory Gardner and Democrats Jack Reed, Richard Blumenthal and Tim Kaine.
The bill has also been supported by the top US Commander Gen. Scott Miller who is also in command of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission.
“If the program is not fully resourced, our credibility and the sacrifices made by thousands of Afghans in support of Americans and our Coalition partners could be undermined,” Gen. Miller was quoted as saying by Reuters.
In 2017, the US has granted some 4,000 SIV visas to eligible Afghans, which dropped by more than a half percent in 2018, issuing only 1,400 visas.
This comes as the US President Donald Trump’s administration had earlier cut the number of US visas provided to Afghans by 60 percent. About 1,650 Special Immigrant Visas were approved in 2018, down from more than 4,000 in fiscal year 2017, according to a report by National Public Radio (NPR).
(Sahar News)

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