Immigration Issues with Respect to the U.S. OFAC Sanctions against Iran
Presently, immigrating to the U.S. is not an easy task due to: the current global climate; and as a result of the U.S. Sanctions against Foreign Countries, including but limited to, Iran.
The sanctions were implemented as a response to the presence of nuclear weapons in Iran, and as a penalty for Iran’s support for the international terrorism. The U.S. has begun to strictly enforce the sanctions, and hence prohibitions concerning the goods, services, and technology to or from Iran have surfaced.
The question thus becomes, how do these sanctions affect current immigration issues and what is the connection between immigrating to the U.S. with regard to the OFAC Sanctions?
While the U.S. holds economic sanctions against countries such as Burma, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, and many others, the sanctions against Iran raise significant issues with respect to the realm of immigration. Questions arise as individuals, who may or may not be Iranian-American citizens yet, but who have assets in the U.S. and/or Iran, want to eventually import or export their assets. The typical length of time it takes to be granted an OFAC license, if so administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, can take as long as six months. The issue here is that, the time it takes to be granted an OFAC license is less than it takes to become a U.S. citizen, and in this case, an Iranian-American citizen. Therefore, individuals seeking U.S, citizenship run into immigration issues while trying to immigrate to the U.S. a simple visa. Thus, a popular method for gaining U.S. citizenship, in order to eventually obtain an OFAC license, is immigrating to the U.S. via Investment, or commonly known as, an EB-5 Investment Visa.