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Iranians Denied U.S. Visas Hit by Political Crossfire

A promising future in academia and business beckoned Majid Abbasi. His research on how welding affects the properties of steel earned him a doctorate from Brigham Young University and a job offer from the University of Alabama. He was also seeking to patent and commercialize a technique he’d invented to improve cleaning of contact lenses.

Then he made a fateful move that shattered those prospects: he visited his parents.