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US Bars Iranians from Certain Types of Visas

US Bars Iranians from Certain Types of Visas

Thursday, 23 January, 2020 - 15:30
US President Donald Trump. Reuters file photo
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The United States has barred Iranians from entering the country on trade and investment visas from Thursday.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services attributed the change to the termination in October 2018 of a treaty of amity with Iran, which is the target of US sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs.

The E-1 and E-2 nomimmigrant visas allow citizens of other countries to be admitted into the United States to engage in international trade or to invest a large sum of capital.

Iranians are no longer eligible for such visas, the service said. Those already in the country with these visas must leave once their authorized stay expires, it said. It was not clear how many Iranians will be affected.

The little-known agreement was signed long before Iran's 1979 revolution that turned the two countries into archenemies.

The new regulation does not bar Iranians from applying for or extending other types of visas for which they are eligible.

About 48,000 E-visas are issued annually to people from all nations.

US President Donald Trump pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers in May 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran.

The US killing this month of Iran’s Quds Forces commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq and an exchange of military strikes has raised tensions to a new level.

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