HR158 Visa Waiver Law, Islamophobia, OFAC and Sanctions, and the Latest Immigration issues affecting dual citizens

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 at 6pm - 9:30pm

Location: Sufi Mediterranean Cuisine (5911 Balboa Ave San Diego, CA 92111

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Immigration to the US has been a hot topic lately and an extremely complex issue. US immigration laws and regulations differ for every country of origin but Iranians have been always affected by specific rules which normally get updated over the time. The regulations are normally influenced by ongoing sanctions against the country.

The Department of Homeland Security has begun the process of implementing changes to the traveler eligibility requirements of the Visa Waiver Program enacted on December 18, 2015. How Iranians are affected by this the new updates? Or generally, how can the sanctions update affect Iranian immigration processes.
Here is a summary of what will be covered in the presentation: 

- Immigration policies affecting Iranians and Iranian Americans 

- sanctions update as the nuclear deal and sanction relief will be implemented 

  - a short discussion of the effect of islamophobia on Iranian Americans and some suggested solutions.

About the speaker:

Ali Golchin is a local San Diego attorney. Since 1990 he has worked and directed two local non-profit immigrant advocacy organizations. He has an B.A. degree in political science from San Jose State University and a law degree from San Diego’s Thomas Jefferson School of Law. From 1983-1984 he interned for the State Senator John Vanconcellos and worked as a liaison on community and immigrant matters. He has given talks and organized numerous events on immigrant rights, Iran Sanctions and OFAC, and Iranian American community political empowerment.  He often advises and assists Iranian-American non-profit organizations. 

Music Performance by Saba

This general meeting will be privileged by traditional music performance managed by Saba.


6:00 pm - 6:45 pm: Dinner and Networking (Dinner will not be served after 6:45 pm)
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm:
Short presentation and Music
7:45 pm - 8:00 pm: Networking 
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm: Main presentation, Q&A 

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