Since they married more than four years ago, Marzieh Mirmobini and Sepehyr Fhajeri have lived on separate continents. Mirmobini, 25, immigrated legally to the United States from Iran in 2014, leaving Fhajeri behind in Tehran until he could join her in the Bay Area. She petitioned for a marriage visa on her husband’s behalf the following year. Then came President Trump’s 2017 travel ban, implemented in the name of national security but viewed by critics as an anti-Muslim measure. Suddenly restricted from entering the U.S., Fhajeri would have to qualify for a travel ban waiver to immigrate. The document grants travel exceptions to qualifying individuals blocked by the ban, allowing them to obtain a visa. A consular officer filed a waiver request for Fhajeri in 2018. The process would be quick from there, the couple thought. But today they remain thousands of miles apart, suspended in limbo as they wait for immigration authorities to decide on their case. “Every day we are crying. We are super sad,” said Mirmobini, who is studying civil engineering at UC Berkeley. “How long should I tell myself, ‘He’s coming?’ I feel really hopeless right now.” Mirmobini is among 20 Iranian American families — including… Read full this story
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