Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, D.C. 20520
Subject: Announced new visa policy for Iranian students
May 21, 2011
Dear Madam Secretary,
As an Iranian-American I am delighted by the latest announcement by the State Department regarding the two-year multi-entry visa for Iranian students in support of President Obama’s policy toward improving relations with people of Iran.
After careful consideration of the new policy, it seems that while a positive step in the right direction, two issues need further deliberation:
1) The new policy is limited to “non-sensitive, non-technical fields of study and research”
2) The new policy does not apply to the Iranian students already in the United States and they have to leave the country and apply for a new visa to become eligible
As the former Vice Chancellor of Aryamehr University and past President of SUTA [Sharif University of Technology Association], it is my understanding that the majority of Iranian students already here or wishing to come, are interested in pursuing and continuing their educations in the fields of Science and Technology.
So, I am writing to you to kindly request a clarification of the terms of the new visa policy and urge you to consider removing the restrictions that cover the majority of Iranian students.
With warm regards,
Former professor and Academic-Vice-president of Sharif University of Technology
San Diego, CA