Skip to comments.US Eases Iranian Student Visa Rules
Posted on 05/20/2011 4:43:28 PM PDT by La Lydia
WASHINGTON US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday the United States is easing visa terms for Iranian students here as part of efforts to support their aspirations for political change back home. In what she called a "big step forward" in the Obama administration support's for Iran's people, Clinton said Iranian students and exchange visitors are now eligible for two-year, multiple entry visas.
"This gives young Iranians the opportunity to return home for family events, to participate in internships, to travel outside the United States -- and they won't need to get a new visa every time," she said in a statement.
The chief US diplomat said many Iranian students and Iranian Americans had asked for a change to the old policy where students and exchange visitors were eligible only for three-month, single-entry visas...
Welcome to the Liberal Twilight Zone of Insanity!
Anyone wonder if they will get free flying lessons paid for by Big Bro and Big Sis?
And that is an understatement. I am beginning to think there is not a single member of this administration with working brain parts.
In my opinion and I’m sure that I am not alone, there is no one; I repeat, no one in this Regime with brain cells that function and that includes this Congress and 95% of the last Congress.
If we don’t fix this in 2012, we’re flushed down the toilet bowl.
It is really amazing. Liberals are beyond the pale. It has to be a mental disease.
Man the Lifeboats. The GOP is obviously not the answer. And it is the only antidote we have.
Of course. Obongo is gathering his troops.
This move will NOT support political change nor "Iran's people". Most Iranian students who can afford the $$$ to study & live abroad are those who come from affluent families with direct ties to the Mullahs' Regime in Iran. Very often these 'students' are sponsored (on scholarships) by the Regime in Iran. In fact, most are sent to western countries as 'students' to infiltrate the Iranian community abroad, spy on their activities, intimidate them & report back to the Regime on those Iranians who are genuinely anti-regime.
Moreover, it can be difficult to conduct sound background checks on those 'students' who originate from Iran.
It is a similar situation with Saudi students. However, A difference is that the Saudis are more likely to act as "sleeper cells" & plan actual acts of terrorism, outside the 'Saudi-community' abroad, particularly in the US.
Excerpts from linked article: Aldawsari was one of more than 10,000 Saudi students granted student visas in 2008, an NBC News analysis of the visa program shows.
Indeed, the number of Saudi students approved for entry into the United States has jumped more than fourfold since 15 young Saudis helped carry out the attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. At the same time, visas granted to other Middle East nations dropped often precipitously or remained at the same level.
The analysis shows that 26,744 Saudi students received US F-1 and F-2 visas in 2010, up from 6,836 in 2001. The numbers have steadily increased as the Kingdom has provided financing for students, believing the students' exposure to the U.S. and its education system would help US-Saudi relations.
While overall non-immigrant visas from Saudi has dropped during the period from 2001 to 2010, the education visas have skyrocketed, in large part, say U.S.officials, because of the King Abdullah Scholarship program which sponsored Aldawsari.
Well said, Odds.
The Kenyan 0bamanation wants us ro be riddled with spies..
STATE.gov - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE: Washington, D.C. - "CHANGES TO VISA VALIDITY FOR IRANIAN STUDENT APPLICANTS IN F, J, AND M VISA CATEGORIES" (SNIPPET: "As of May 20, 2011, qualified Iranian applicants for visas in the F, J, and M categories for non-sensitive, non-technical fields of study and research and their dependents will be eligible to receive two-year, multiple-entry visas. This is an increase in the current visa validity of three months, single entry. 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.") (May 20, 2011)
INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT.org - For The Record - The IPT BLOG: "DEFECTORS CLAIM IRANIAN ROLE IN 9/11 ATTACKS" (SNIPPET: "Nevertheless, the suit is said to seek damages for Iran's "direct support for, and sponsorship of, the most deadly act of terrorism in American history," and alleges that Iran and its Lebanese proxy, Hizballah, provided training and travel for the 9/11 hijackers as well as help for al-Qaida operatives in escaping after the attacks. In addition to naming Iran in the $100 billion civil suit, the victims' families also targeted al-Qaida, the Taliban, and "others." According to defector testimony, top officials from al-Qaida, Hizballah and Iran met several times Iran in the months before the attacks.The unnamed defector also claims his allegations are "supported by government letters and memoranda, photographs and organizational charts."" SNIPPET: "Suggestions of Iranian complicity in the 9/11 attacks first surfaced in the national 9/11 Commission...") (May 20, 2011, 2:54 pm)
JPOST.com - THE JERUSALEM POST: "IRANIAN FM SAYS BUSHEHR NUCLEAR PLANT IS OPERATIONAL" (SNIPPET: "Nuclear power plant has reached critical mass, will be powered up within weeks, Salehi says, echoing statements of senior Russian diplomat.") (MAY 18, 2011, 12:53)
JPOST.com - JERUSALEM POST: "'DIE WELT' - IRAN BUILDING ROCKET BASES IN VENEZUELA" by Benjamin Weinthal (SNIPPET: "German paper says Iranians paid cash to build mid-range missile launch pads on Paraguana Peninsula; Iranian engineers visited site in Feb.") (May 17, 2011, 01:41) (Read More...)
GSN.NTI.org - GLOBAL SECURITY NEWSWIRE: "IRAN, NORTH KOREA PARTNERING ON BALLISTIC MISSILES, U.N. SAYS" (SNIPPET: "Iran and North Korea seem to routinely be swapping ballistic missile equipment in breach of U.N. Security Council directives, a classified expert report to the international body stated on Friday (see GSN, Dec. 1, 2010). Illegal trades of missile technology had "transshipment through a neighboring third country," the report states. Multiple envoys told Reuters the nation in question is China.") (May 16, 2011) (Read More...)
Thirty-two years ago, Dearborn, MI was an American city.
Thanks Cindy. That will help the Obama administration in its efforts to support the mullahcracy by tracking their activities and sending the reports to Tehran.
Ok....who sent this whole country into the twilight zone...