Office of the Special Coordinator for Afghanistan

Mission: The Special Coordinator for Afghanistan (OSCA) is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy on all defense policy matters that support the U.S. objective to prevent Afghanistan from being used as a terrorist safe haven, DoD support to the legislative Afghanistan War Commission, and interagency coordination to relocate former Afghan Allies and eligible Afghans under the President’s Enduring Welcome Program.

Enduring Welcome

  • Enduring Welcome is the U.S. Government’s long-term resettlement program which relies on standard immigration pathways for immigrant visa, Afghan Special Immigrant Visa, and refugee admissions programs.  Enduring Welcome is a high-priority, multi-year effort that requires DoD component coordination, involvement, and active oversight to effectively manage the health of the force.
  • DoD Enduring Welcome Resources
     DoD Infographic: Eligibility Criteria and Process
     Guidance on Enduring Welcome Eligibility for Afghan Family Members of DoD Personnel
     Instructions for Interested Individuals
     **OSCA will continue to review requests from interested individuals through April 30, 2024. Refer to the “Instructions for Interested Individuals” for guidance on how to contact OSCA.**
  • State Department and USCIS Immigration Resources
     U.S. Refugee Admissions Program Information (USRAP)
     USRAP Infographic
     Afghan Arrivals under USRAP
     Afghanistan Inquiries
     Family Reunification for Afghans
     USCIS Information for U.S. Military
     USCIS Information on Humanitarian Parole
     Special Immigrant Visa Information

Afghanistan War Commission (AWC)

     AWC Homepage
     AWC Press Releases


Special Coordinator for Afghanistan
Lisa Sawyer
Lisa Sawyer
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Deputy Special Coordinator for Afghanistan
Peter Velz
Peter Velz
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