A Melbourne school student has reportedly been denied a United States visa in what could be the first example of an Australian resident affected by Trump‘s immigration ban.
Pouya Ghadirian, who was born and raised in Melbourne to Iranian parents, was applying for the visa so he could attend a school camp in the U.S. in March, which was going to take place in Orlando, Washington, and the US Space & Rocket Centre in Alabama. He was reportedly denied a visa on Monday at the country’s Melbourne consulate.
News Corp reports that the reason consular officials gave for the denial of Ghadirian’s visa was ‘presidential orders’. “They said it was the first time it had happened in an Australian embassy,” he said.
“They gave me no further instructions, but said realistically I won’t be going on the trip.”
Trump’s executive order places a 90 day ban on travel to the United States for citizens from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen – regardless of whether or not they have a visa. Most Australians are unaffected, but dual-nationals with a passport from any of the above nations will be denied entry.
Ghadirian expressed his disappointment over the fact he couldn’t go on the trip to the Herald Sun:
I was really and upset when I found out that I couldn’t go and had been looking forward to it for around a year. I have an Australian citizenship. I was born here. It doesn’t make sense and it can’t be right.