Of the 45,000 Iranians who applied for visa waivers between January 2017 and July 2020, only 7,000 were granted visas, according to the Foreign Ministry. „The effect was blanket – financially, emotionally, educational, professional and romantic,” said Reza Mazaheri, a New York immigration attorney who represents many Iranians.
For others, Ban is a tragic closed chapter.
Mohamed Abdel Rahman, a Libyan businessman, said he believed he won the grand prize in 2017 when he won the Green Card lottery, providing a route to escape from a country that was plunging into deep chaos, his nephew Muhammad al-Sheikh said.
But Trump’s ban forced Mr Abdel-Rahman to delay, and before he could leave Libya, he had a stroke and died.
Speaking on the phone from Tripoli, Mr. Al-Sheikh, 34, said, „If there was no ban, his life would be completely different.” „He only needed a stable place to live for the rest of his life.”
Farnaz Fassihi from New York contributed to the report. Vivian Yi from Cairo; Bin Hubbard and Howayda Saad from Beirut, Lebanon. Abdi Latif Daher from Nairobi, Kenya; Ruth McLean from Dakar, Senegal; Mohamed Abdel Samie from Tripoli, Libya; Hana Beach from Bangkok; And Saw Nang from Yangon, Myanmar.
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