Shifting political landscapes in the U.S. and the U.K. are making it challenging for a dancer from North Vancouver to broaden her horizon.
Alisha Ahmadi wants to dance with a company, but with few options in Canada, her next step is beyond our borders.
Despite having an American mom, attempts to get a U.S. work visa have failed.
Now she fears having an Iranian-born dad will make it impossible.
“It was challenging in the first place under Obama. But, now that Trump, it just makes it even harder. Trump has definitely not made it easy for anyone, especially for others in the Iranian community that I know.”
Iran is one of six countries on Trump’s legally contested travel ban list.
Hopes to dance overseas were also dashed for Ahmadi.
She says the visa application she made during her three years studying dance in the U.K. was quashed as the country voted in favour of Brexit.