Iraq: Information on whether it is forbidden for Iraqi citizens to have a United States visa in their Iraqi passports, and whether this would cause them to face difficulties in Iraq
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 September 1997|
|Citation / Document Symbol||IRQ27776.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Iraq: Information on whether it is forbidden for Iraqi citizens to have a United States visa in their Iraqi passports, and whether this would cause them to face difficulties in Iraq, 1 September 1997, IRQ27776.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6aaf5a4.html [accessed 28 January 2015]|
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The following information was provided during a 29 September 1997 telephone interview with a representative of the Iraqi National Congress (INC), an umbrella organization of opposition groups to the current regime in Baghdad. The INC headquarters is in London, UK, but there is also an office in Iraqi Kurdistan. The INC objective is the establishment of democracy in Iraq. The organization publishes an Arabic-language weekly newspaper called Al-Mutamar.
The source stated that it is not illegal to have a United States visa stamped in the passport of an Iraqi citizen. The source added that an Iraqi citizen returning to Iraq with a United States visa would be questioned by the Iraqi security at the airport.
The source stated that it is very difficult for Iraqi citizens to obtain a United States visa.
The researcher on Iraq at Middle East Watch in New York did not have information on this subject.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Iraqi National Congress (INC), London, England. 29 September 1997. Telephone interview with representative.