PAAIA to Host Outreach Events with U.S. Department of State

By PAAIA Staff

June 9, 2011, Washington, D.C. – The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of the State, will host a series of informative panel discussions on changes to visa validity for Iranian students.  The first event will be held at Stanford University on June 22nd and the second event will be held at George Washington University on June 23rd.  The purpose of these events, co-sponsored with other Iranian American organizations, is to educate Iranian Americans and Iranian students about the changes to the student visa policy. The panel presentations will include representatives from the U.S. Department of State.

Co-Sponsors of the events include Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB), Iranian American Bar Association (IABA), National Iranian American Council (NIAC), and Pars Equality Center

PAAIA is also proud to co-sponsor two information sessions with State Department officials in Southern California on June 20th at the University of California, Irvine and on June 21st at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). 

Last month, the Obama Administration announced that Iranian students and exchange visitors have become eligible for two-year, multiple entry visas. Under the old visa policy, Iranian students and individuals enrolled in academic or professional exchange programs were eligible for visas that were valid for three months and allowed single-entry into the United States.  The new guidelines apply to Iranians and their dependents applying to study in “non-sensitive and non-technical fields.”

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