The promise of “special immigrant” status (an EB-4 visa, leading to a green card) for Iraqi nationals who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government during the conflict there (between March 20, 2003 and Sept. 30, 2013) has proven to be an elusive one. Applicants have gotten stuck in bureaucratic morasses or waited endlessly for the results of security checks – with the result that many could not complete their applications before the availability of this visa was scheduled to end, on September 30, 2013.
Presumably in light of this issue, Congress recently passed legislation extending this particular portion of the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program. The extension works as follows:
For more information, see the page of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website entitled “Special Immigrant Visa Program for Iraqi Nationals Who Worked For or On Behalf Of the U.S. Government Extended” or consult an experienced immigration attorney.