Blinken: Afghans 'For Understandable Reasons' Committing Visa Fraud to Get to U.S.

Blinken: Afghans 'For Understandable Reasons' Committing Visa Fraud to Get to U.S.


Secretary of State Antony Blinken says some Afghans “for understandable reasons” are committing visa fraud to try to get to the United States.

In a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Tuesday, Blinken admitted that there have been cases where Afghans seeking to come to the U.S. were caught committing visa fraud in their Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) application process.

Those instances of fraud are “understandable,” according to Blinken:

Those who apply, those who actually get chief admission approval, the washout rate is about 40 percent because it turns out that many people who apply, don’t qualify under the criteria set by congress or they are unable to … prove that they have worked, faithfully and loyally, for the United States. There are some situations where people are committing fraud to get into the program, maybe for understandable reasons. [Emphasis added]

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