If you`ve been wondering whether a cooperative agreement is eligible for a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV), you`re not alone. Many people who work for or with multi-national organizations that hold cooperative agreements with the U.S. government often ask this question. Unfortunately, the answer is not always straightforward.

First, let`s define a cooperative agreement. According to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, a cooperative agreement is a “legal instrument of financial assistance between a Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity and a non-Federal entity that, consistent with 31 U.S.C. § 6302-6305, 31 U.S.C. §§ 6301-6308, is used to enter into a relationship the principal purpose of which is to transfer anything of value from the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity to the non-Federal entity to carry out a public purpose authorized by a law of the United States.”

Now, let`s talk about SIVs. SIVs are a type of visa that are available to certain individuals who have worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government in Iraq or Afghanistan. These visas are designed to provide a pathway to citizenship for those who have put themselves in harm`s way to support U.S. efforts in those countries.

The eligibility requirements for SIVs are very specific, and they don`t mention cooperative agreements. However, this doesn`t necessarily mean that SIVs are not available to those who work on cooperative agreements.

In fact, some individuals who work on cooperative agreements may be eligible for SIVs if they meet certain criteria. These criteria include:

– Having worked for or on behalf of the U.S. government in Iraq or Afghanistan for at least two years.

– Having received a written recommendation from a U.S. government official.

– Being in possession of a valid job offer from a U.S. government agency or contractor.

– Passing a background check and medical exam.

If you meet these criteria and have worked on a cooperative agreement, you may be eligible for an SIV. However, it`s important to note that each case is different, and eligibility is ultimately determined by the U.S. Department of State. It`s also worth noting that SIVs are a limited resource, and there is usually a backlog of applications.

In conclusion, while cooperative agreements are not specifically mentioned in the SIV eligibility requirements, individuals who work on them may still be eligible for this type of visa if they meet certain criteria. If you`re unsure about your eligibility, it`s best to consult with an immigration attorney or the U.S. Department of State.

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