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The Chronicle of Higher Education: U.S. Eases Visa Policy for Iranian Students

The State Department announced Friday that it was changing its visa rules for Iranian students, making it easier for them to travel in and out of the United States. The National Iranian American Council, which had lobbied for the change, applauded the news.

The State Department announced Friday that it was changing its visa rules for Iranian students, making it easier for them to travel in and out of the United States. Iranians have been allowed only single-entry visas, meaning that if they left the United States, they had to apply for a new visa if they wished to return. “This change will allow Iranian students and exchange visitors to travel more easily, furthering our goal of promoting the free flow of information and ideas,” the State Department said on its Web site.  Students in “nonsensitive, nontechnical fields of study and research” will be eligible to receive two-year, multiple-entry visas. The National Iranian American Council, which had lobbied for the change, applauded the news. There are about 4,700 Iranian students in the U.S., according to the most recent figures from the Institute of International Education.

 

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