Special Immigrant Visas for Afghans and Iraqis – Resettlement Options in the United States
You have three options to influence where you will be placed in the United States:
A. You may choose a city from the list of SIV R&P Placement Options in the table below. If you would like to be resettled to one of the listed cities, please indicate your preference by writing the selected city on page 2 of the DS-0234 SIV Biodata Form under Section E, entitled “Comments.”
B. You may list a person near whom you would like to be resettled. If you have family members or friends in the United States near whom you would like to be resettled, you should indicate this on page 2 of the DS-0234 Biodata Form under Section D, “U.S. Ties”. Please ensure you provide their full name, address, telephone number, email address, and relationship. While you may provide a preference about where you might wish to be resettled, if you elect to participate in this program, it may not always be possible to honor your request to resettle near family members or friends. Please be aware that the cost of living and the availability of housing can vary significantly in different locations across the United States. Due to extremely high housing costs and limited housing availability, among other challenges, only those SIVs joining a spouse, parent, sibling, child, or grandparent will be allowed to receive R&P benefits in the Northern Virginia area. Unless you have an immediate relative in this area, you must choose a location from the list provided below, or allow a resettlement agency to choose a more suitable location for you.
C. You may allow a resettlement agency choose a location for you. The resettlement agency will use the biographical information you provide to determine the resettlement site that is best suited for you and your family.
Please be aware that the cost of living and the availability of housing can vary significantly in different locations across the United States. The Washington, DC metro area including northern Virginia and some cities in California are very expensive places to live, and it can be difficult to find affordable housing and employment. Any resettlement benefits you receive may not comfortably cover the cost of living in these areas. Unless you have close relatives or friends in these areas who are able to provide financial support and housing until you find employment that covers your living expenses, it is best to allow a resettlement agency to choose a suitable location for you.