Memphis, TN asked in Immigration Law for Tennessee

Q: Should I go visit Iran, as a (white) F-1 visa holder from Canada?

I've been searching everywhere but I can't find a satisfying answer that would tell me whether or not I should make this trip.

I just started a PhD degree in the US. I'm a Canadian citizen with an F-1 student visa, and my partner is from Iran. I have the visa for entry to Iran ready to go meet their family there, but I can't tell whether it's too risky to go right now. I know that no non-US citizens can expect uninterrupted travel across US borders right now, but things with Iran specifically are making me worried that I might be prevented from coming back to continue my degree, even after I apply for the post-Iran trip visa that's required for anyone.

What are my rights as an F-1 visa holder? Can I be barred from re-entry, and thereby from completing my degree? Should I take this trip, or is it too risky?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Carl Shusterman
Carl Shusterman
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Los Angeles, CA

A: F-1 students from Iran are exempt from the Travel Ban. However, given the present ever-changing position of the Trump Administration, if you can avoid visiting Iran, that is what I would advise. Good luck!

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