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Iranian woman finally gets visa to stay in US with her husband if Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ lifted | U.S. News

A woman’s three-year wait for a visa so she can live with her American husband has come to an end, after President Joe Biden changed what his predecessor called the “Muslim ban”.

Mona Smith, an Iranian woman studying for a PhD in Canada, married her US husband Ricky in 2017 so they can start their family and buy a home with dreams of moving to the United States.

However, when Ms Smith applied for a green card visa in 2018, they received no response, meaning they were living in constant uncertainty, meaning her husband had spent his time in Milwaukee while staying in Canada.

Mona and Ricky Smith
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The couple got married in 2017 in Canada. Picture: Ricky Smith

After the embassy in Montreal granted him a visa to stay in the United States, now everything has changed, thanks to the overthrow of Joe Biden, officials said Prohibition on entry of people from some Muslim countries, Iran is one of them.

Modifying the controversial policy That was one of the first things Joe Biden did when he stepped down from the Trump administration last month.

“Finally, finally Mona has a US visa – she’s coming to the US,” Mr Smith says in an emotional video clip after the embassy meeting.

“We can live together. We can have a family together. We can buy a house. It’s amazing.”

Ms. Smith in tears added: “I was waiting in my head [the embassy] To say that, since I am from Iran, she may not have issued my visa, but it was, yes … I felt like tears were running down my face. “

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Smith said the travel ban “ruined” their lives.

“I remember seeing on my iPhone the headline that Trump was going to ban travelers from certain Muslim countries from entering the United States.

Ricky Smith
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Ricky met Mona while he was in Iran on his 30th birthday. Picture: Ricky Smith

“I remember sitting there. I turned white and my hands were all sweating.”

“Our lives were ruined, that is, for the past four years it has ruined our lives both psychologically and practically.”

They did not want to allow the “racist” policies of the government at the time to dictate their lives, so they decided to get married in Canada.

“I spent four days in Canada with my wife, and I flew back to Milwaukee, which I remember, it was just surreal. I’m sitting on a plane back to Milwaukee. .

“She’s not welcomed there from where she was born. It’s sad. It’s annoying. It makes you angry, but at the same time, it makes you nervous for the future and for you.”

Ms Smith is expected to obtain her visa within the next two or three weeks, during which time she will be able to legally live and work in the United States.