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The Iranian scientist heard that her American visa had been revoked from newspaper reporters Wednesday afternoon.

The news came after Samira Asgari had spent 12 years training as a biomedical scientist, two months trying to secure a work visa to take a research job in the United States, and six days hoping that the Trump administration would recognize that visa and let her fly to Boston in spite of its travel ban.

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    • I’m sorry but that’s simply not true. The J1 visa is based on international knowledge exchange. It is an agreement to invite foreign nationals to the US to learn specialist skills, in order that the trainee can then bring those skills back to their home country.

      In no way is it exploitative. There are even rules such as a minimum salary requirement that are specifically in place to prevent J1 holders being used for cheap labor.

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