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Navigating The Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Process

  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Central Time (US & Canada)
  • By: Volunteer Lawyers Network, The Advocates for Human Rights, AILA Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter
  • Other Immigrant
  • Asylum
  • Temporary Statuses

Sponsored by: Volunteer Lawyers Network, The Advocates for Human Rights, AILA Minnesota/Dakotas, & State Support

Over a year after the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, many Afghans remain in need of help navigating the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) process. The SIV program provides a pathway to legal permanent residence for certain Afghan nationals that were employed by or on behalf of the U.S. government in Afghanistan. Without assistance, the process is nearly impossible for evacuees to navigate. This CLE will provide a synopsis of the SIV program, explain to prospective volunteers how to navigate each step in the SIV application process, and give an overview of other potential relief available to Afghan evacuees. Pro bono opportunities to take SIV cases will also be discussed.

Presenters: Zack Albun, The Advocates for Human Rights, Staff Attorney, Stephanie Morales, Advising Attorney, Katherine Veldhuizen, The Advocates for Human Rights, Program Coordinator, Sheila Stuhlman, Stuhlman Law LLC, SIV Volunteer Attorney, John Weber, Volunteer Lawyers Network, Afghan Legal Project Attorney, and Mirella Ceja-Orozco, Chair – AILA Minnesota/Dakotas Executive Committee

CLE Credit: 1.5 standard credits to be requested.

The webinar will be presented on Zoom. 

Cost: Free. Persons attending the CLE will be asked to provide pro bono services through the Afghan Legal Project.