By Madeline Gray, NPR NextGenRadio

Twenty-seven-year-old Hedieh Khajavi arrived in Houston on July 28, 1998. That day, she worried she might not be allowed to enter the United States. Was she going to start a new life in America or have to fly back home? …

According to Yusra Khafagi with the immigration department at Council of American-Islamic Relations Los Angeles, these types of waivers are often denied unless it’s an extreme case, like life-threatening illness.

“The terms for the I-130 form’s approval is vague,” said Khafagi.

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