An India-based information technology company’s petition for an L-1 visa extension shouldn’t have been denied because it provided adequate proof that the chief executive officer of its U.S. branch was qualified, a New Jersey federal judge ruled.
On Feb. 7, Iranian citizens Masood Ebrahim and his wife, Shahin Shakooea, went to the U.S. Embassy in London to request non-immigrant visitor visas to the United States. Like most applicants from Iran, they were denied. Ebrahim’s and Shakooea’s daughter Niloufar and her husband, Saeed Tahmasebi Khademasadi, were newlyweds who were killed when Iranian forces shot down Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752.
Iranians were among the first groups of people targeted by President Trump’s travel ban, which barred citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. More than half of the people denied visas under the ban were Iranians.
Few foreigners welcomed President Biden’s election victory as enthusiastically as the tens of thousands of Muslims who have been locked out of the United States for the past four years.
In the run-up to the US presidential election this November, the New York-based human rights non-profit Artistic Freedom Initiative (AFI) is drawing attention to one of President Donald Trump’s most controversial acts, Executive Order 13780, the so-called travel ban that prevents people from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.
By opening its doors to disillusioned Iranians such as artist Shahrzad Changalvaee, the US has welcomed some of its greatest minds. But what now? Of all the interventions the United States has attempted in the last decade to containIran, one of the most successful is perhaps the least known of them all.
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