The Washington Post
I completely agree with Elise Martel’s Sept. 13 op-ed, “The worst Catch-22 of all for Afghans who helped Americans.” A related Catch-22 is for former interpreters who cannot apply for a Priority 2 visa if they are eligible for an Afghan Special Immigrant Visa. A former interpreter I am trying to help could not obtain an employment verification letter from his successor company, L3harris Technologies. I followed up and was advised the company no longer has any records of its Afghan employees.
I strongly agree that the State Department should accept other proof of employment. I have been trying to promote as an alternative an affidavit from a U.S. government officer who personally worked with the applicant in Afghanistan, with the help of No One Left Behind. When I first contacted officials from this nonprofit a few months ago, they me that 60 percent of their emails involved the same issue: former contractors wadvised ho could not obtain employment verification letters.
Charles Wintermeyer, Mclean The writer is a retired Foreign Service