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Iranians no longer eligible for US trade visas

Reuters/Washington
Filed on January 23, 2020 | Last updated on January 24, 2020 at 12.02 am
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Those already in the country with these visas must leave once their authorised stay expires.

The United States, locked in a tense confrontation with Iran in the Middle East, 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 programmes.

The E-1 and E-2 nonimmigrant 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 authorised 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 Islamic Revolution.

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 Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and an exchange of military strikes has raised tensions to a new level.

Meanwhile, the US special representative for Iran said that the successor to Soleimani would suffer the same fate if he followed a similar path by killing Americans, according to Asharq Al Awsat newspaper.



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