The administration of former US President Donald Trump had put the Revolutionary Guard on terror lists in April of 2019, and therefore workers with the government military organization are banned from entering the United States and may face prison sentences of up to 20 years.
The Revolutionary Guard was established in 1979 to protect the ruling religious regime, and it is the most powerful Iranian security organization that controls large sectors of the economy of the Islamic Republic and the armed forces and has a tremendous influence on its political system. This organization is affiliated with the “Al-Quds” Corps, which carries out military operations outside the borders and supports extremist organizations and militias. In many countries of the Middle East.
An American teacher of Iranian origin residing in Southern California said that she had applied for an entry visa to the United States for her Iranian husband four years ago, without having any idea that his mandatory military service would stop him coming.
Mahdias said that her husband, Arash, a music artist, had compulsorily served in the ranks of the Revolutionary Guard, where he played the clarinet, in addition to teaching him music to some soldiers there.
She explained that her husband is like other males in Iran, who cannot choose the place or the place in which they will perform their service, and it should be noted that hundreds of thousands are called for compulsory service to be distributed either among the army units, the security forces and the police, or within the ranks of the Revolutionary Guard Organization.
Based on the interpretation of the decision of the appointment, any individual who has served in the Revolutionary Guard since its inception will no longer be able to come to the United States, regardless of whether he participated in combat actions or his service was limited to some other matters such as playing in orchestras or working in the health centers affiliated with those the organization.
A State Department spokesman said in an email that the IRGC’s status on the terrorism list “continues” and, as a result, elements who are no longer eligible for entry visas to the United States, along with anyone who provides “material support to the Revolutionary Guard or collects” Money for them or recruit members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. ”
In response to a question about whether the United States is considering any changes in the current policy, the spokesman said: “We do not discuss or confirm the internal deliberations regarding our classification process.”
A service from which you cannot “escape”
“This is an unfair decision because my husband performed compulsory service,” Mahdis said in a telephone interview from Iran, where she was visiting her husband, Arash, which no one can evade because without a certificate of performance of service it is impossible to get a job, a passport, or even buy a motorbike. Only those who have health reasons are exempt from this service.
Mahdis, who refuses to reveal her real name for security reasons, explains that she spent a fortune during the past seven years on frequent travel to meet her husband away from America, stressing that being far from her husband caused them to lose many job opportunities and stability.
And she continues, “I grew up in America, and in it were my childhood and my memories, and I want my children to have the same experience.”
A 52-year-old woman named Saida said that she was able to move to live with her daughter, who resides in America, after she studied there in a prominent specialty in good engineering, but her husband, Mehrdad, could not catch them because of his mandatory service that he performed in the ranks of the Revolutionary Guard about Three decades.
Saeeda (a pseudonym) explained that her husband, who works as an architect, was not mentioned in the details of his service certificate that he had performed his compulsory soldier in the ranks of the Revolutionary Guard, but he refused to lie about it during the consular interview, because he did not want to break his oath in answering honestly all the questions. That may pose it.
Saeeda (a pseudonym) pointed out that she had given up her job as a speech therapist to move between her daughter in the United States and her husband in Iran. Adding: “It is absolutely unfair not to grant a visa under a law that should not be applied to it in the first place.”
‘No alternative plans’
Likewise, the 29-year-old American doctor, Ilham, sought to bring her husband, the doctor, Yasser, to the United States, but his visa application was rejected after it was found that he was in one of the health centers of the Revolutionary Guard near the border with Pakistan.
“Frankly, we don’t have a Plan B,” said Ilham, who lives in Falls Church, Virginia. “I am a US citizen and have the right to bring my husband here.”
In this regard, the head of the Pars Equality Center in California, Attorney Paris Etmadi Scott, explained that her organization and a law firm are preparing to file a lawsuit with the aim of laying out an explanation and exceptions for those who were forced to perform forced service in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, stressing that the lawsuit will not challenge the designation of that organization as a terrorist group.