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Discrimination & Immigration

Fight Discrimination & Ease Burdens on Iranian Students

  • NIAC fights discrimination against our community and opposes negative, inaccurate portrayals of Iranian Americans.
  • NIAC supports expanding the number and types of U.S. visas available to Iranians, including multiple entry visas for Iranian students.

Statue of LibertyNIAC is committed to promoting US policies that benefit all Americans, including Iranian-Americans, by building bridges and fighting discrimination. There are over one million Americans of Iranian descent woven into the diverse fabric of this nation, and Iranian-Americans are among the most highly educated, affluent, and productive immigrant communities in the United States. According to one study, Iranian-Americans contribute over $400 billion to the US economy annually. As such, US policy should welcome and encourage the contributions of Iranians and Iranian-Americans.

NIAC supports immigration policies that ease burdens for visa-seekers and is working to address current US policy that permits only single-entry visas for Iranian students studying in American universities. This counterproductive rule prevents Iranian students from leaving the US during the entire duration of their studies, even in the event of a family emergency.

Unfortunately, some in Washington prefer to exploit the immigration issue to score political points, pandering to prejudice instead of pursuing smart policies. NIAC has led the fight against anti-Iranian-American discrimination, including unjust legislation that would deny visas for Iranians and cut off Iranian-Americans from their family and friends in Iran.

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The National Iranian American Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the interests of the Iranian-American community. We accomplish our mission by supplying the resources, knowledge and tools to enable greater civic participation by Iranian Americans and informed decision making by policymakers.

US government officials and policymakers in need of rapid support can contact the NIAC policy team for in-depth information and analysis either by phone at 202.386.6325 or via email at (Note: If you don't have a government (.gov) email address, please use our regular contact form. All non-government emails will be blocked by spam filters.)

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